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Grilled burgers with jalapeno burger sauce.
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Grilled Burgers with Jalapeno Burger Sauce

These juicy Grilled Burgers are made with ground beef and cooked to perfection! They're topped with tangy pickled jalapeno burger sauce.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Chilling Time:30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free
Keyword: pickled jalapeno sauce, grilled burgers with sauce, jalapeno mayo sauce
Servings: 6
Calories: 721kcal
Author: Christine Rooney

Equipment

  • Grill Charcoal or Gas

Ingredients

For The Burgers:

  • 2 lbs. ground beef 85|15% or 80|20% fat content
  • 2 tsp. SPG seasoning equal parts kosher salt, coarse black pepper, and garlic powder
  • 6 slices pepper jack cheese or cheese of choice
  • 6 gluten free buns or regular buns if not gluten free
  • 2 tomatoes optional
  • lettuce optional

For The Sauce:

Instructions

For The Burgers:

  • To make SPG (salt, pepper, garlic) for these burgers, simply combine 1 Tbsp. each kosher salt, course black pepper, and garlic powder in a small bowl. Stir until completely combined.
    Alternately, you can purchase premade SPG seasoning online or in-store.
  • Divide 2 lbs. of ground beef into 6 portions, weighing each of the portions out with a kitchen scale. Each portion should weigh 5.3 oz.
  • Form each portion of ground beef into a patty. Each patty should be equal in size and thickness to ensure even cooking. Do not work the meat any more than necessary, or it may become tough.
  • Place the patties on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Sprinkle 1 tsp. of SPG evenly over one side of the burgers. Flip the burgers over and sprinkle the second side evenly with another 1 tsp. of SPG.
  • Place the ground beef patties in the fridge and chill for 30 minutes before grilling.
  • Heat a charcoal or gas grill to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and place the chilled burger patties directly over the heat.
  • Cover the grill and cook the patties for 4 minutes or so on the first side, flip, cover, and cook for another 4 minutes on the second side over the direct heat.
  • Move the burgers to a more indirect heat, cover, and cook for another 4-5 minutes, or until the burgers reach your desired level of doneness. The best way to gauge grilled meats is to check the internal temperature. This can be done by using a food thermometer.
    Here is a general guide for cook times on indirect heat:
    3-4 minutes for medium-rare
    4-5 minutes for medium
    7-8 minutes for well-done
  • Add a slice of Pepper Jack cheese (or cheese of choice) to each burger 1 minute before the cooking time is up.

For The Sauce:

  • To make the sauce, mince ½ cup of pickled jalapeno peppers.
  • Add ¼ cup mayo, 2 Tbsp. BBQ sauce, 1 Tbsp. jalapeno pepper brine (the liquid found in the jar of jalapeno peppers), ¼ tsp. each of garlic powder and onion powder, and a pinch of kosher salt and pepper to a small bowl. Stir until combined.
  • Add the minced pickled jalapenos to the bowl and stir until completely combined. Place the sauce in the fridge until ready to use.
  • To Serve: Slather generous amount of jalapeno burger sauce on a toasted bun. Top with lettuce and tomato slices (optional). Place grilled burger on bun and add a few sliced pickled jalapeno peppers.

Notes

Cooking times will vary depending on the type of grill used and how done you prefer your burgers. See guide above for a general cooking time guide.
The safe internal temperature for ground beef is 160 degrees Fahrenheit and can be measured using a food thermometer.
See instructions above for how to make these burgers using an indoor grill pan.

Nutrition

Serving: 2cups | Calories: 721kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 48g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 130mg | Sodium: 911mg | Potassium: 535mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 571IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 235mg | Iron: 4mg