Bacon Jalapeno Burgers with Chipotle Mayonnaise

Jalapenos are the most popular chile peppers in the US. This is probably due to the availability and versatility of the chile. Jalapenos have a balanced combination of flavor and heat.

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For the Chipotle Mayonnaise:
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1-2 chipotle peppers
2 teaspoons adobo sauce*

For the Burgers:
1 1/3 pounds ground beef of choice (we used 85/15)
A sprinkle of salt, pepper, garlic powder
4 rounds of red onion
4 slices colby jack cheese
8 slices crispy cooked bacon
16-20 jalapeno slices
4 pretzel rolls (or other rolls if you choose)


For the Chipotle Mayonnaise:
Mix together ingredients until combined.

For the Burgers:
Divide the ground beef into four 1/3 pound burgers. Patty them out and set them on a large plate. Season with a simple sprinkling of salt, pepper, and garlic powder (make sure you season both sides). Set aside until ready to grill (or pan sear if it’s cold where you are).

Heat grill (or pan) to medium to medium-high heat and grill for a 4-7 minutes on each side until desired doneness (I’m a medium girl – hubs is a medium rare guy). During last minute of cooking – add a slice of cheese to each burger and close cover until cheese begins to melt. While the burgers are cooking, add the onion sliced and allow them to char a bit on each side and begin to soften. Remove burger and onions from grill and allow to rest for 2-3 minutes before serving.

Place a burger on each bun and top with 2 slices of bacon and 4-5 jalapeno slices. Slather some of the chipotle mayo on the top bun and place a grilled onion round on top. Add a little lettuce if you so desire and place to halves of the bun together. Slice in half and serve!