Inside Out Stuffed Jalapeño Burger

Here's the Dish

If you enjoy jalapeño poppers, you are going to love this burger! These burgers are packed with flavor and a bit of a kick from the jalapeño. And here’s the real kicker, they are stuffed with cheese! Not only can I promise you will love this recipe, but I can guarantee you that no one will ever know this is a healthy burger!


The estimated total time to make this recipe is 45 minutes.


Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. (I like to line mine with foil, for easy clean up!) Place ground meat into a medium size bowl with dry dip mix and salsa. Mix until well combined.


Make 8 thin patties with the meat, (don’t worry, meat should be very wet, which makes for moist and flavorful burgers!)


Place 4 of the patties on the prepared baking sheet, and put 2 of the cheese stick pieces in the middle of each burger. Place the other patty on top of the bottom patty, and lightly press sides together, to seal cheese in.


Bake in pre-heated oven for 30 minutes. Flip burgers, and bake for an additional 5 minutes.



1 lbLean ground chicken
2 tbsDry fiesta ranch dip mix 1
1/4 cupSalsa
2Jalapeño cheese sticks, each cut into 4 equal pieces 2
Optional: 1 Large head of lettuce to wrap burgers in, or 4 high fiber buns

1 Regular dry ranch mix would also work!

2 If you can't find jalapeño cheese sticks, you could also use a regular block of seasoned cheese and cut it into cubes. Or you could even use regular cheese sticks!

Katie's Tip!

I like to wrap my burgers in lettuce wraps! To make them, take a head of lettuce, and tear off a whole lettuce leaf. Wash and dry the leaf, and you have a crisp and fresh wrap for your burger!

Nutrition Breakdown

4 Burgers
170 Calories per Burger
2 g Carbohydrates per Burger
28 g Protein per Burger
4 g Fat per Burger
4 WWP+*

*Weight Watchers Points per serving


meghan said:

OOH! My hubs would love these & since I am on WW, it’s a win win for all!

March 19th, 2012 — 8:31am  |  Reply

Illegal Blonde said:

This is right up my husband’s alley! I’m trying it tonight.

March 19th, 2012 — 8:39am  |  Reply

sam said:

These look DELICOUS!! We just started using ground chicken in a lot of our recipes in lieu of ground beef, so this is perfect for us! Can’t wait to try this, thanks for the recipe!

March 19th, 2012 — 10:26am  |  Reply

Patty said:

What is the recipe for the corn on top of the burger?

March 19th, 2012 — 10:39am  |  Reply

Life's a Bowl said:

Yum! The idea of stuffed burgers, especially with ooey and gooey cheese, makes my mouth water :D

March 19th, 2012 — 10:44am  |  Reply

Dana Jenkins said:

Had all the ingredients but jalapeño cheese sticks, so I substituted those with laughing cow hot pepper cheese wedges. These burgers were amazing. Full of flavor and made my mouth water with the smell while cooking. They taste as good as they smell! Best turkey burger ever! Thanks you Ms. Katie for your amazing recipes!

March 19th, 2012 — 12:05pm  |  Reply

Danya Prochaska said:

This looks so delicious! Can not wait to make it! =)

March 20th, 2012 — 7:17am  |  Reply

Dawn said:

I love this idea and it’s healthy! What’s really amazing is that they look juicy too.

March 20th, 2012 — 9:37am  |  Reply

Leslie said:

OMG…I made these tonight and had them as lettuce wraps and they were so DARN TASTY! I used ground chicken and you are correct—it is very sticky but so good when it is done. Awesome and thank you!

March 20th, 2012 — 7:05pm  |  Reply

Melissa Klotz said:

Working with ground chicken scares me, but these look really good!!

March 23rd, 2012 — 12:30pm  |  Reply

Bee said:

These look amazing!! I’m going to make them for my fiance tonight! Yummy – I can’t wait!

March 25th, 2012 — 2:40am  |  Reply

Jennifer said:

Just made these tonight! Great! I am totally recommending these to a co-worker who is on WWs. Thank you!!!!

March 28th, 2012 — 4:24pm  |  Reply

Jessica Davis said:

Is it possible to make your own ground chicken by pulsing chicken breasts in the food processor?

April 30th, 2012 — 9:37pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

hmm..i wouldnt :( i would just use ground turkey if you cant find ground chicken! :)

May 1st, 2012 — 12:13am  | 

Donato Battista said:

Don’t be afraid to buy a small cheap grinder from sears, target etc. It will pay for itself if you plan to grind your own chicken or turkey. Poultry has a much more tender grain to it than beef and those cheap little electric grinders work great for such a soft meat like chicken and turkey. They tend to clog and burn up with beef but they are awesome for poultry, just be sure to trim off the fat and sinew from your tenders or breasts before grinding. To be honest, the old style hand crank grinders are the best….you sneak in a little workout during dinner prep! Its SO much cheaper to grind your own than buy it….especially when they have those “bulk family pack” sales on boneless chicken breasts. Just don’t be afraid to wash and sanitize accordingly!

June 7th, 2012 — 2:09pm  | 

Stacey Bowen said:

I made these for dinner and I have a feeling they will be made often around here! So yummy and so easy! My kind of recipe :)

September 6th, 2012 — 10:54pm  |  Reply

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