Texan Cheddar Jalapeño Burger with Spicy Ranch 🍔

Updated: Mar 8, 2020


Spicy Ranch Sauce:

1 cup mayonnaise 1 cup sour cream ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro 6 tablespoons fresh lime juice 4 green onions, finely chopped 2 tablespoons minced seeded jalapeno ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Burgers: 2 pounds ground beef 1 small onion, chopped (about 1 ¼ cups) ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 2 chopped seeded jalapeno 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground black pepper ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Burger Glaze: 1/3 cup light corn syrup 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 2 tablespoons ketchup 1 teaspoon instant coffee crystals 2 teaspoons (packed) golden brown sugar 3 tablespoons butter

Other Ingredients:  16 bacon slices Nonstick vegetable oil spray 8 hamburger buns 8 lettuce leaves 2 cups coarsely shredded sharp cheddar cheese 1 large onion, sliced 3 tbsp butter 2 large tomatoes, sliced


Cayenne Spicy Ranch Sauce:

Whisk all ingredients in bowl to blend. Season sauce with salt and pepper. Add a dash of cayenne for additional spiciness.

To make the Burger Glaze:

Stir first 5 ingredients in small saucepan over medium heat until coffee is dissolved. Remove from heat. 

Mix in butter. Season glaze to taste, with salt and pepper.


Gently mix all ingredients in large bowl. Form mixture into eight ½- to ¾-inch-thick patties. Place on small baking sheet. Cover and chill at least 2 hours and up to 1 day.

Heat grill to medium-high heat. 

Place sliced onion in tin-foil, top with butter and place on grill for 10 minutes.

Working in batches if necessary, cook bacon in large skillet over medium-high heat until crisp and brown.

Transfer bacon to paper towels to drain.

Spray grill with nonstick spray or use butter. 

Grill burgers 5 minutes, apply the glaze. Turn burgers, apply with glaze, and grill until cooked to desired temperature level, about 5 minutes more for medium. 

Place Cheddar Cheese on each burger and allow the cheese to melt. Use another kind of cheese if you prefer, use jalapeño jack or pepper jack for additional spiciness.

Toast buns until golden, about 2 minutes per side. 

To assemble:

Transfer buns, cut side up, to plates. 

Place lettuce on each bun bottom. 

Spread sauce atop lettuce.

Place 1 burger on top of sauce.

Top burger with 2 slices of bacon, sliced tomato, and grilled onions.

Cover with bun top

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