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Jalapeño Bacon Cheeseburgers are made with ground beef, glazed with BBQ sauce and topped with cheddar cheese, crispy bacon and jalapeño peppers. They’re perfect for your next summer cookout!

jalapeno bacon cheeseburger on a white plate

May is National Burger Month and this hearty jalapeño bacon cheddar burger is an absolutely delicious way to celebrate! If you’re looking for an easy cheeseburger recipe, you’ve come to the right place.

Of course, I could go for thick and juicy burger anytime, no matter what month it is! We make hamburgers in the Instant Pot or baked cheeseburger sliders when the weather isn’t cooperating, but when it is, it’s time to fire up the grill!

When it comes to making cheeseburgers or hamburgers, I like mine to be as loaded as possible. And if I can add a little heat, it’s even better!

Sometimes, we’ll make bacon cheddar guacamole burgers without the jalapenos. They’re not as spicy but definitely good and kid approved. 

We also make these jalapeño jack burgers with a delicious cilantro lime sauce. They’re spicy, but the sauce helps to cool things off. And these jalapeño bacon cheddar burgers are the best of both worlds.

burger with cheddar cheese, bacon and sauteed jalapeno peppers on an an open bun

How to Make Spicy Bacon Cheeseburgers

The actual hamburger recipe is super simple and only contains 4 ingredients:

  • Fresh ground beef
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Water

I really think that if the base is good, then you can make the burgers even better by adding your favorite toppings. And that’s exactly what we did here.

To keep things easy, I used leftover air fryer bacon from breakfast. If you plan ahead, make extra bacon!

cheeseburger topped with bacon slices and jalapeno peppers on a plate

We grilled the burgers for about 5 minutes per side. Then, we brushed on a thin layer of barbecue sauce for extra flavor.

If you want more BBQ sauce, you can add more later. My BBQ-loving middle child likes to drown  her burgers in sauce, but the rest of us like just a tad less!

Next, you add some thickly sliced cheddar cheese, let it melt a little, and then you top the burger off with crispy slices of bacon and sliced jalapeño peppers. I fry the jalapeños in butter a little bit just to bring out the flavor. It’s optional but so worth it!

Cheddar Alternatives

Real cheddar cheese works so well with these hamburgers. But if you’re not a fan, you can use American, Colby Jack, Monterey Jack or spicy Pepper Jack.

close up of cheeseburger with sliced jalapeno peppers and bacon

Jalapeño Bacon Cheeseburger Recipe

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Jalapeño Bacon Cheeseburgers

By: Dee
Jalapeño Bacon Cheeseburgers are made with ground beef, glazed with BBQ sauce and topped with cheddar cheese, crispy bacon and jalapeño peppers. They're perfect for your next summer cookout!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 3 pounds ground chuck
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • ½ cup barbecue sauce
  • 8 slices cheddar cheese
  • 1 pound bacon
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, sliced
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  • Season beef with sea salt and pepper 
  • add water, and mix well. Form into patties, about 1-inch thick
  • Grill burgers over medium high heat for about 5 to 7 minutes per side or until internal temperature is 160 degrees
  • Spread thin layer of barbecue sauce over burgers, then top with cheese
  • Remove from grill, and top burgers with bacon slices, jalapeno pepper slices and additional BBQ sauce, if desired. Serve immediately.


For extra flavor, sauté jalapeños in 1 tablespoon butter until slightly brown and soft before adding to burgers.
This recipe makes enough cheeseburgers for a 8 people, but you can adjust the amount for what you need or use the extras for leftovers!


Calories: 650kcal, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 34g, Fat: 52g, Saturated Fat: 21g, Cholesterol: 150mg, Sodium: 1142mg, Potassium: 512mg, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 275IU, Vitamin C: 0.1mg, Calcium: 193mg, Iron: 3.1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main
Cuisine: American
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Post was updated as of May 2020 with pictures and new content.

Even my pickiest eaters loved these jalapeño bacon cheeseburgers burgers, and I hope you will too!

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  1. Suzy says:

    The perfect flavor combination for a burger! Love it!

  2. Beti says:

    My family would love these for dinner! So many amazing flavors!!

  3. katerina says:

    I am loving the flavors in these burgers!! YUM!!

  4. Dorothy Reinhold says:

    Grill season makes me so happy. Nothing beats a delicious burger like this one!

  5. Amanda says:

    I love everything about these burgers they look amazing!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thank you so much for the sweet comment, Amanda!