Bacon jalapeno cheeseburger

SuckleBusters BBQ Bacon Jalapeño Burgers that will be the talk of your guests at your next cookout!

Prep time:

30 minutes

Total time:

45 minutes


6 servings


  • 2 lbs 80/20 ground beef
  • 4 each jalapenos
  • 1 lb sliced bacon
  • 3 tbsp SPG BBQ Rub
  • 3 tbsp 1836 BBQ rub
  • 6 slices cheddar cheese
  • 6 each brioche buns
  • 1 each sliced yellow onion
  • 2 each sliced tomatoes
  • 1 each lettuce


  1. Dice two of the jalapeños into approximately 1/4-inch chunks. Try to keep them even so they will incorporate better into the burger meat. Take your other two jalapeños and slice them into even round slices to reserve for topping. If you want your burgers less spicy, go ahead and deseed the jalapeños prior to incorporating into the meat, or topping the burger upon completion
  2. Put your hamburger meat into a large bowl, and gently start mixing the diced jalapeños throughout. It’s important that you don’t handle the meat too much, as it can cause the texture of your burger to be mushy after cooking
  3. Once the jalapeños are incorporated evenly, you can begin to patty your burgers. When making the patties, try to be mindful of the size of buns you will be using and make your patties according. We recommend making them no thicker than 1 inch for this recipe. If you make them larger, just be aware your cooking times will vary
  4. After you have finished making your patties, take your thumb and push on the center of the patty to create a little indentation. This will prevent the burger from swelling up during the cooking process
  5. At this point, you are ready to season your burger. Start with a medium layer of SPG, followed by a light to medium layer of 1836 Beef Rub. Or season to your preferred taste
  6. After you have seasoned your burgers, put them in the fridge to chill while you start the grill. Chilling the burgers will help prevent crumbling while the burgers cook, because the fat in the meat may start to melt while handling. You can also take this opportunity to fry up your bacon, or you can also do this on the grill while the burgers are cooking. If cooking on the grill, we recommend using a cast-iron skillet or grill safe pan as bacon grease will cause unwanted flareups
  7. To cook these burgers, you will want your grill to be at approximately 400°. Once your grill has warmed up and is holding at approximately 400°, put your burgers on and close the lid
  8. After 10 minutes, it is time to flip your burgers. Flip your burgers and let them go approximately 5 more minutes and start checking for doneness. Food safety guidelines recommend cooking your burgers to 160° internal temperature. It should be noted that actual cook times will vary by the grill
  9. When you have about 3 minutes left of cooking on the burgers, take your BBQ sauce and brush the tops and sides, of the burgers, and then add your cheese. Close the lid and let the burgers cook until the cheese is fully melted
  10. Once the cheese is melted, put the burgers on a platter and let them rest for approximately 5 minutes
  11. While the burgers are resting, use this time to throw your buns on the grill for approximately 1 minute to toast them
  12. After your burgers have rested, and your buns are toasted, you can now begin to build your burger. We recommend building from the bottom starting with the bottom bun, tomatoes, lettuce, onions, burger patty, bacon, jalapeños, a drizzle of BBQ sauce, and then the top bun

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