Jalapeno Popper Beer Can Burger

Jalapeno Popper Beer Can Burger


Jalapeno Popper Beer Can Burger

That wasn’t a typo. It’s not beer can chicken.

It’s a beer can burger. Really, it’s a Jalapeno Popper Beer Can Burger

Form and Technique Jalapeno Popper Beer Can Burger

Basically, you’re forming a burger patty and shoving a can of beer in the center, and wrapping the sides around the bottom of the can to form a well.

It’s actually fun, and what you stuff it with  is only limited by your imagination. After you wrap the meat around the beer can, remove the can and fill it with whatever the hell you want to.

Go crazy.

For this one, I decided to stuff it with jalapeno popper goodies, chopped jalapeños, cream cheese, etc,

I didn’t use bacon because my experience with using it as a stuffing hasn’t exactly been fantastic – it became kind of limp and weird.

I still achieved the taste I was looking for, however, with black forest ham, jalapeños, cream cheese and white sharp cheddar.



I probably should have actually wrapped them in bacon, but I didn’t think about it until these were made. Soooo, I’ll definitely be doing that next time to see how that works out. I’m sure it will be fantastic.

After you fill your little “well”, you make another burger and carefully place it on top, sealing the edges.



Grill or Pan Fry?

Then grill or pan fry. Or even smoke it, which I have done and it’s so damn good.

If you pan fry, make sure to cover it after you flip it so the center gets done. What I mean by “done” is heating and melting of the cheese and center area of the beef. 


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I discovered a stuffed burger using a beer can from Kelly at Wildflour’s Cottage Kitchen . She’s a fellow food blogger that makes some pretty amazing food. Check her out.

This burger is exceptional.

I’ve made so many burgers, I know, but this one truly is special. It also gets a lot of attention.


The filling in this burger held together very well. I was a little worried about it, mainly because of the cream cheese, but it really did fantastic.

I also made this amazing buttermilk cilantro lime sauce, and although you don’t need it for this particular burger, it’s so damn good I make it every time. 

Jalapeno Popper Beer Can Burger

I love adding arugula, red onions, fresh tomatoes to my burgers, and sometimes I have to reign myself in when it comes to overdoing the condiments.

If you’re like me, it’s hard to resist throwing on just one more, but I decided to taste it as it was, and the burger itself (with the cilantro sauce) really was enough.

I think if I added anything else it would have definitely taken away from the taste of the burger.

Here’s my brother’s version topped with spicy mustard…

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Here’s your printable-

Jalapeno Popper Beer Can Burger

Jalapeno Popper Beer Can Burger

Yield: 4 Burgers
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

All the flavors of a jalapeno popper stuffed into a big, juicy burger.


  • 1 & 1/2 lb ground chuck
  • 2 tbsp Moore's Original Marinade 
  • 1 beer can, 24 oz
  • 2 fresh jalapenos, chopped
  • 1 cup cream cheese, at room temp
  • 4 oz sharp white cheddar, shredded or chopped
  • 4 oz Black Forest ham, chopped
  • 2 splashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 burger buns, toasted
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 handful fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 tbsp sea salt, more to taste


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Combine ground chuck and marinade, and form into 4 burgers, reserving enough beef to form a cap (or small, thin burger) for each burger.

With the bottom of the beer can, smash the can in the middle of each, forming a well in the center, and wrap the meat mixture around the bottom of can.

Combine the rest of ingredients, and add an equal amount to each burger "well".

Top with smaller burger and pinch to seal.

Add burgers to a large oven safe pan over medium high heat, splash each with Worcestershire and sear on each side for 1-2 minutes to brown.

Add to hot oven, cover and broil for 7-10 minutes on each side. OR - Grill or smoke it - These on the smoker are AMAZING!

Combine buttermilk through salt in a jar and shake it.

Serve burgers with or without sauce on a toasted bun.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 853Total Fat: 52gSaturated Fat: 26gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 171mgSodium: 3028mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 2gSugar: 12gProtein: 39g

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Jalapeno Popper Beer Can Burger


  • Shea

    Shea Goldstein is a writer and the voice behind Dixie Chik Cooks. She's also a recipe developer and brand ambassador. She has been published in several media platforms such as Redbook, Parade, Food Blogger Magazine and more. She has been developing recipes and writing since 2009. Shea is a Southern Belle Who's Thinking About What's For Dinner While Eating Lunch

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Caroline

    That’s one super-stuffed burger! Now there was me thinking you were going to steam the burger in beer 🙂

  2. ally

    Holleeee Shmollleeee, now this is a burger! Love the creaminess that’s just oozing w/every bite!!

  3. Christine @ Christine's Pantry

    Now that’s a burger! Yum!

  4. Lynn Elliott Vining

    I showed this to my hubby when you posted it, and he accused me a spouse abuse because I didn’t have the stuff to make them! Maybe he’ll bring the ingredients home! Looks amazing!!! <3

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