Hoad´s Hot Jalapeño Burger

The combination of all the ingredients and especially the jalapenos and habanero powder give the true burger lover a combo of mouth-watering flavor and pepper temperature.” – Julia Hoadley, San Diego, California (with husband Charles and son John)

This burger is one of the favourites of the Los Angeles Times’ third annual Battle of the Burgers.


675g ground beef
1 cup chopped green onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
¾ tsp dry mustard
1½ tsp taco seasoning
2 to 3 fresh jalapeño peppers, sliced, or sliced canned jalapeños
4 slices pepper jack cheese
4 jalapeño cheese bagels, toasted
Lettuce, for garnish
Fresh avocado slices, for garnish
Habañero or other hot chilli powder
Hot sauce, preferably homemade


In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, green onion, garlic, mustard and taco seasoning. Divide the mixture and form into four patties. Cover and refrigerate the patties at least one hour to give the flavours time to marry.

Heat the grill and season both sides of each patty with habañero powder. Grill the patties on both sides to desired doneness, topping the burgers just before they are done with sliced jalapenos and cheese.

Serve the burgers in the toasted buns, garnish as desired with lettuce, avocado slices and hot sauce.

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