Spicy Butter Burgers with Beer Cheese


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Spicy Butter Burgers with Beer Cheese

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    Wisconsin-style Spicy Butter Burgers are loaded with extra-sharp and pepper jack cheeses, jalapeños, and crispy sweet-smoked bacon. Top them off with homemade beer cheese for extra cheesy goodness.

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    Servings and Ingredients

    Serves 4
    4 tbsp. Hy-Vee cold unsalted butter, divided
    2 jalapeno peppers, seeded, finely chopped, and divided
    1 c. Miller Lite beer
    ⅓ c. Hy-Vee heavy whipping cream
    5 tsp. Hy-Vee corn starch
    ½ tsp. Hy-Vee salt
    ¼ tsp. Hy-Vee black pepper
    4 oz. Henning's Wisconsin Cheese pepper Jack cheese, shredded (about 1 cup)
    1 ½ lbs. Hy-Vee 85% lean ground beef
    1 ½ tsp. salt-free steak grilling seasoning
    1 tsp. Hy-Vee less sodium Worcestershire sauce
    4 oz. Henning's Wisconsin Cheese extra-sharp Cheddar cheese, thinly sliced
    4 pretzel hamburger buns, split and toasted
    Lettuce leaves, for serving
    Tomato slices, for serving
    4 slice(s) Hy-Vee sweet smoked bacon, halved crosswise and crisp-cooked

    Things To Grab

    • Small skillet
    • Whisk
    • Medium saucepan
    • Large bowl
    • Charcoal or gas grill


    1. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in small skillet. Stir in 2 tablespoons chopped jalapenos. Cook over medium heat for 2 minutes or until softened, stirring frequently.

    2. For sauce, whisk together beer, cream, corn starch, salt, and black pepper in medium saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cook and whisk 1 minute. Remove from heat; whisk in pepper Jack cheese until melted. Set aside; keep warm. 

    3. For burgers, combine ground beef, steak seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, and remaining chopped jalapenos in bowl. Do not overmix. Form into 4 meatballs. Use thumb to press an indentation into the center of each. Place remaining 1/2 tablespoon cold butter into each indentation; form beef around butter to seal. Flatten each meatball to 3/4-inch-thick patty.

    4. Grill patties on greased rack over medium direct heat (350 degrees) for 18 minutes, turning halfway through. Top with Cheddar cheese; grill 2 to 3 minutes more or until burgers reach 165 degrees and cheese is melted. Transfer to platter. Let rest, covered, for 3 minutes.

    5. To serve, spread buns with jalapeno-butter mixture. Top bun bottoms with lettuce, tomatoes, burgers, cheese sauce, bacon and bun tops.

    Nutrition facts


    1020 Calories per serving
    1 burger

    Amounts Per Serving

    • Total Fat: 66g
    • Cholesterol: 225mg
    • Sodium: 1020mg
    • Total Carbohydrates: 225mg
    • Protein: 52g

    Daily Values

    Iron 35%
    Calcium 35%
    Vitamin D 6%
    Potassium 15%

    Recipe Source:

    Hy-Vee Seasons July 2022