Growing Chefs! Ontario Cheddar Jalapeno Burgers

Cheddar Jalapeno Burgers

Why only add things on top of burgers? Mix them right in to get a huge burst of flavour! Try out different combinations to see which is your favourite!
4 burgers
454 grams medium ground beef1 jalapeño pepper, deseeded and finely diced1/2 small onion, finely diced1/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded1 egg, beaten1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs Grapeseed oil Salt to taste Black pepper to taste
Measuring cupsMeasuring spoonsCutting boardGraterKnifeWhiskPastry brushBowls of various sizesLarge pan, grill pan, or BBQDish towelFlipperThermometerKitchen scale (optional)

Get Organized!

Gather your mis en place; get together all of the equipment needed for the recipe and gather your ingredients.

Get Prepped!

Deseed the jalapeño by cutting off the stem, then cutting it in half from top to bottom and using the tip of the knife to scrape out the seeds and membrane. Then slice the jalapeño into thin strips, and slice across again into a fine dice.

Cut onion in half from root to tip. Cut off the tip, and remove the papery skin. Dice each half of the onion by making incisions about 1 cm apart lengthwise, that go almost to the root but keep the root intact. Turn the onion and cut crosswise to complete a 1 cm dice.

Grate the cheese using the grater.

Whisk the egg together in a small bowl.

Measure out the panko breadcrumbs.

Get Cooking!

Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix together well using your hands.

Once the mixture is completely combined, divide it into 4 equal sized portions. If you have a scale, using it will ensure they are equally sized, but going by eyeball will work.

Flatten the portions out with your hands and shape them into burgers. Press in to create a little divot in the centre. During cooking, the outside of the burgers will contract and force the centre up, so creating a divot makes the burgers come out flat in the end.

Heat the pan, grill pan, or BBQ on high heat. If using a grill pan or BBQ, brush the grill with grapeseed oil to prevent the burgers from sticking. If using a frying pan, add a tablespoon of oil to the pan.

Place the burgers on the cooking surface. There should be a loud sizzling sound, if there isn’t take them off and let the pan or grill get hotter. The sizzling means the burgers are searing and the juices are getting locked in! Allow the burgers to cook for 4 minutes on the first side, then flip them over and cook for another 4 minutes.

Insert the thermometer into the very centre of the burger, if the temperature is 160°F, take them off. Otherwise continue to cook the burgers, flipping every minute, until they reach 160°F. Once they are removed from the heat, allow them to rest for 2 minutes.

Serve on a bun with your choice of toppings and condiments!