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Take it easy this Labor Day and enjoy some of our favorite, easy recipes that are sure to be a hit at your summer BBQ this year, so gather all your friends and fire up the grill, because we have all your Labor Day recipe needs from sangria to finger-licking-good ribs.

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By Booper-2

Rate this recipe 4.3/5 (15 Votes)
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Servings 4
Preparation time 20
Cooking time 50

  • BURGER PATTIES:
  • 16 ounces ground beef, minced
  • 1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan, grated
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • black pepper, to taste
  • JALAPEÑO POPPERS:
  • 6 jalapeños, halved and seeds removed
  • 2/3 cups mature cheddar, cut into sticks to fit inside jalapeños
  • 12 strips bacon
  • BURGER ASSEMBLY:
  • 4 sesame seed buns, halved and toasted
  • mayonnaise
  • lettuce
  • tomatoes, sliced
  • onion, sliced
  • cheese

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Jalapeño Popper Burgers are the perfect mix of jalapeño poppers and cheeseburgers

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