In January 2011 Burger King introduced the fast-food world’s first stuffed burger. Spicy bits of real jalapeño and little chunks of cheddar cheese are embedded in the quarter-pound beef patty, which is flame broiled and stacked on a specialty bun with lettuce, tomato, and an excellent spicy poblano sauce. Making the burger is no big secret: just chop up jalapeños and cheddar cheese and work them into the ground beef, then freeze the patties so that they hold their shape when grilled. The freezing step also prevents the cheese from melting too much.

The poblano sauce is the best part of this recipe, although I had to design the formula to make much more than you will use on these four burgers because there needs to be enough volume for your food processor or blender to work its magic. If you have an extremely small food processor, you can certainly cut the sauce recipe in half and there will be plenty for all your burgers. If you go with the whole recipe, you’ll have extra sauce left over to spread on other home styled sandwiches or to use as a spicy dip for finger foods such as grilled artichokes or onion rings.

1 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons minced fresh poblano (pasillo) chile pepper
2 tablespoons ketchup
¾ teaspoon ground chipotle chile pepper
½ teaspoon lime juice
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground cumin

2 medium jalapeños, seeded and finely diced (about ¼ cup)
3 ounces medium cheddar cheese, finely diced (about ⅓ cup)
1 pound ground beef

Ground black pepper
4 kaiser rolls or corn-dusted buns
8 tomato slices
4 iceberg lettuce leaves, coarsely chopped

Cooking method

1-Make the creamy poblano sauce by adding all of the ingredients to a small food processor or a blender. Process on high until the poblano pepper is barely visible. Spoon the sauce into a covered container and refrigerate it until needed.

2-Use your hands to mix the finely diced jalapeños and cheddar cheese with the ground beef. Divide the beef into 4 equal portions, roll each into a ball, and press onto a wax paper–lined baking sheet into the shape of patties that are slightly larger than the diameter of your buns. Lay another sheet of wax paper on top of the patties and freeze the patties for at least 2 hours.

3-When the beef patties are frozen, preheat your barbecue grill or indoor grill to high heat. Cook the beef patties for 3 to 4 minutes per side or until done. Lightly salt and pepper the patties when you drop them onto the grill.

4-While your patties cook, preheat an indoor griddle or skillet to medium/high heat and brown the faces of the top and bottom buns.

5-Spread a generous portion of the poblano sauce on the face of the top buns.

6-When the beef is cooked, place each patty on the bottom buns.

7-Add two tomato slices on top of each beef patty, followed by a handful of chopped lettuce.

8-Flip the top bun over onto the burger and serve.

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