Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Smoked Pepper Jack Cheesburger

Quicky Post.

These are the days of green grass, late afternoons of fun even during the week, and the smell of coal fired burgers. Everything just feels right with the world (especially if the TV is off).

We got home from work and Trevor & his best friend asked if we could play a game of two-hand touch football. How could I resist?

The game went into overtime, so we had to come up with something quick for dinner. The boys wanted burgers and fries. But I wanted to something at least a little special about the burgers. I had the very last of the smoked pepper jack cheese that we cold smoked during the winter. (I hated to see them go….sniff, sniff)

So I made a smoked pepper jack cheese sauce that turns a burger into a taste experience. You could make a similar cheese sauce by just substituting your favorite signature cheese.

Smoky Pepper Jack Cheese Sauce
Source: Nibble Me This

1 Tbsp butter

1 Tbsp flour

1 cup half and half

1 cup pepper jack cheese, smoked & shredded

1 Tbsp worchestershire sauce

½ tsp hot sauce

Melt butter in a sauce pan over medium high heat. Whisk in the flour and continue whisking for 2-3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and whisk in the half & half.

Keep whisking occasionally and bring mixture to a simmer. Whisk in the cheese in small batches, until melted through. Whisk in the worchestershire and hot sauces. Reduce heat to low and keep warm.

Is that more complicated than just throwing on a slice of cheese on a burger? Hell yeah. Does it add something more than just throwing on a slice of cheese on a burger? Hell yeah.

The smokiness comes through without being obnoxious and the heat from the pepper jack cheese lets you know it is there.

The oven baked fries were a huge hit and were very easy. I’ll post that recipe later this week. The burgers were grilled on the Big Green Egg at 450f direct heat for a few minutes per side.

I’m usually a catsup, mustard, mayo, lettuce, tomato, onion kind of guy. But sometimes I love a good specialty burger like this. What is your "ideal burger"?


  1. Hey I grew up and we piled up the same on our burgers! Yum, I just got home and now I want a burger :( Yours looks good, glad you are relaxed having fun with Trevor!

  2. Looks absolutely delicious. GREAT burger !!!

  3. I dress a burger with the same ingredients but sometimes add bleu cheese or jalapenos.

    What a mouthwatering meal! You captured the fun of a spring day and then took it up a notch by adding that delicious smoky cheese sauce - hell yeah!

  4. Love the idea of that cheese sauce. It could be used for such a wide variety of foods.... ooooh, let me count the ways!

    These gorgeous Spring afternoons, and the glorious slide into perfect evenings make almost anything taste better. Those burgers.... if we only had Smell-O-Vision.

  5. Looks like a good, tight spiral. I wish I could think in terms of creative sauces like you do. I believe this one may have some breakfast possibilities as well.

  6. I'm usually a catsup/mustard/mayo/pickle kind of gal...and then I discovered a place near me called Lunchbox Laboratory...they have every kind of meat/cheese/sauce imaginable and the "Burger of the Gods" is the one that spoke to me...grilled sirloin topped with gorgonzola cheese, grilled onions and shrooms...I'm telling you, it was DEWISHOUS!

  7. I didn't know real chefs used pepper jack cheese. I always thought you guys considered it a 'fast food' cheese or something.

  8. I think the cheese sauce would be much better than a slice of cheese too! It looks delicious! My ideal burger is bbq'd, mayo, cheese, lettuce on a buttered, grilled bun. Yum.

  9. Sweet merciful crap, I want one. I have to say I was really disappointed when I read that you smoked the pepperjack yourself, I was hoping it was something I could get myself. Heh.

  10. favorite way to eat a burger? Yours will definitely do! I love the cheese sauce, especially love that it is pepper jack. That is one great looking burger.

    I also gotta have a buttery toasted bun. I love that crunch.

  11. Funny... I just made burgers myself last night... Almost posted them today.

    I made a bacon - Blue cheese burger that was pretty good.

    Yours photographed much better

  12. The cheese sauce sounds good. I'll have to try that when we do burgers again. I usually just throw a piece of cheese on them

  13. If I ever get married, you've got a sure-fire catering gig! Don't worry, it'll be small and will probably never happen. YUM!

  14. You are such a bad boy! I've been craving a grilled burger for days, been planning burgers for this weekend and now it's raining for three days in Denver. This looks wonderful and can't wait to grill my first spring burger. Great post. Loving the cheese!

  15. I've really been into Pepper Jack lately.

  16. What a fantastic burger and the fries look amazing too. My favorite burger topping is blue cheese...mmmmmm.

  17. wow...lovin that pepper jack cheese sauce!! My favorite burger...mayo or thousand island, meat and cheese, juicy tomato and crispy lettuce on a toasted bun. And it has to be nice and juicy so that the last bite is a big ole wet mess


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