Jalapeno Popper Burger

Neens from Ono Yum
Meet the Chef!
Neens from Ono Yum
Neens grew up in the island-style communities of San Diego. Far from Hawaii, but close to plate lunch, surfing and ukulele jammin, Neens is the creator of the Musubi Map and the I Love Poke Festival, both vehicles that reflect his passion for all things Hawaiian. He was raised on local-style home cooking thanks to his Mom, Gles, also known as the Filipina Betty Crocker. This recipe is one of Neens’ favorite dishes that he grew up eating, courtesy of his Mom. Thanks, Mom!
Recipe Details

2 pounds ground beef

8 ounces cream cheese

8 slices pepperjack cheese

8 - 16 strips Bacon (cooked)

1 - 2 Tomatoes, sliced

8 lettuce leaves

2 - 4 Avocados, pitted and smashed

1 package KING'S HAWAIIAN Jalapeno Hamburger Buns (Sold exclusively in our online store)

Step 1
Roll ground beef into 8-1/4lb meatballs. Gently shape a hole into each meatball with your thumb, coupled with you index and middle fingers. Use a pinching motion to create a “bowl” shape and keeping the size even all the way around.
Step 2
Fill hole with about 1oz of cream cheese. Close hole back up using fingers, adding a little bit more meat if needed. Make sure cheese is safely tucked away so that it doesn’t ooze out of the burger when grilling.
Step 3
Carefully flatten cream cheese filled meatballs with hand, shaping into hamburger sized patties. Be careful not to flatten too much as the cheese will ooze out.
Step 4
Grill patties to desired temperature, adding sliced pepperjack cheese on the top of each patty just before they are done cooking. Let cheese melt.
Step 5
Toast KING’S HAWAIIAN Jalapeño Hamburger buns over indirect heat if desired.
Step 6
Build your burger. Bottom roll, avocado smash, cream cheese filled patty with pepperjack, bacon, lettuce, tomato, top roll and top roll.

Neens from Ono Yum says:

If you want your burger to be spicier, add canned or fresh jalapeños (chopped) to the cream cheese. There are also other types of spicier cheese, jalapeño infused bacon, etc. If you would like to tone down the spice, use cheddar cheese instead of pepper jack.

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