Bacon Cheeseburger Jalapeño Poppers are a major upgrade to the most classic app of all time. 

This is such an easy recipe and the great news is that you can prep them ahead of time. 

The first time I served these up for game day, the were gone within minutes. The grilled burger taste really comes through on this cook. It’s complimented perfectly by the cream cheese and heat from the jalapenos. Be sure to give this one a try!

Ingredients you will need

Meat: 80/20 ground burger and thick-cut bacon

Cheese: Cream cheese and freshly shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Sauce: Mayo, ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and relish. 

Peppers: Jalapeño Peppers 

How to make Bacon Cheeseburger Jalapeno Poppers

Preparing the Bacon Cheeseburger Jalapeno Poppers

Preheat grill and prepare it for direct heat cooking. I cooked these on my Nomad Grill to get some great charcoal flavor for when I cooked the burger. If you’re looking to save time, skip grilling the burger and cook a pound of ground beef in a skillet over medium-high heat.

Grill preheating

Prepare the roasted garlic by cutting the head off of one head of garlic, add olive oil then season with salt and pepper. Wrap in aluminum foil and place in the oven at 400°F for 30 minutes.

head of garlic on aluminum foil.

In a large skillet, cook up 6-8 strips of bacon (½ pound) over medium heat. Make sure each bacon slice is crispy and there are no undercooked fat pieces on the ends of the bacon. 

bacon being fried in a pan

Season up two 1/2 pound of burger patties with SPG (salt, black pepper, garlic powder) or your favorite burger seasoning.

Grill burgers over medium high heat on your grill flipping every 2-3 minutes until you have a juicy burger. Remove them from the grill once they reach an internal temperature of 155° F.

burger being grilled

Reduce the heat on your grill down to a smoking temperature of 225° F then toss in some hickory wood for bold smoke flavor.

Chop the burger patty up into bite sized pieces then combine it in a large bowl with 1/2 pound chopped up crispy bacon, 1 block of softened cream cheese, 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, 1 diced shallot and 1 head of roasted garlic.

Bacon cheeseburger jalapeno popper ingredients in a bowl
Photos from this recipe are from Brittany Scott (Instagram: @the_salted_bite)

Next, cut each jalapeno in half the long way then scrape out all of the seeds and the core.

cut up jalapenos

Mix all of the ingredients together thoroughly then take a spatula and stuff each jalapeño with the cream cheese mixture. Place jalapenos on a wire rack coated with olive oil.

bacon cheeseburger jalapeño poppers on a wire rack

Smoking the Bacon Cheeseburger Jalapeno Poppers

Place the wire rack on the smoker (indirect heat) at 225° F for 30 minutes.

If you do not have a smoker, place these in your oven with a baking sheet below it at 225°F for 30 minutes. 

While they’re smoking, put together the dipping sauce. Combine and mix in a small bowl: 1/2 cup mayo, 3 tbsp ketchup, 1 tbsp mustard and 1 tbsp of relish.

dipping sauce

Once the jalapenos begin to soften and the cheese has melted, remove them from the smoker. Brush on some BBQ sauce on the tops of the jalapenos the last 4-5 minutes for an added level of flavor. 

bacon cheeseburger jalapeno poppers being dipped in sauce

Serve warm with the dipping sauce and enjoy!

Looking for other great game day foods?

Smoked Pork Belly Burnt Ends – Juicy bite size pork belly smoked to perfection. These delicious morsels are lathered in sweet stick BBQ sauce for the perfect bite!

Grilled Chimichurri Chicken Wings – Crispy, juicy chicken coated in some bright, fresh chimichurri. These could possibly be some of the best wings of all time!

Smoked Brisket Street Corn Tacos – Looking to feed a crowd? Be sure to give this recipe a go! Smoked brisket with grilled street corn and Chipotle Lime Ranch will be a crowd favorite!

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Bacon Cheeseburger Jalapeno Poppers

Bacon Cheeseburger Jalapeno Poppers

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Bacon Cheeseburger Jalapeno Poppers are a major upgrade to one of the most classic game day dishes of all time!

  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 24 jalapeno poppers 1x


  • 1 pound of 80/20 ground beef
  • 1/2 pound of bacon
  • 12 whole jalapenos
  • 1 block of cream cheese
  • 1 cup of sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup of diced shallot
  • 1 head of roasted garlic or 4 cloves of minced garlic


  1. Fire up your grill and prepare it for direct heat cooking.
  • Author: Nick Nesgoda
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes

1 Comment

  1. Amazing taste and so easy. It was a hit at my group bbq, the dipping sauce really set it off too. Craving these for football season so will be doing them again and again!

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