Fire up the grill for this chicken fajita cheeseburger! It's stuffed with spicy Kraft pepperjack cheese and topped with sauteed peppers, onions, and other great fajita fixins! I'm a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community, and I created this recipe and post as part of a social shopper amplification for #CollectiveBias and its advertiser. I was compensated, but all thoughts and opinions stated here are my own.
I love the taste of grilled foods, and I'm a big cheeseburger fan, but living in northeastern Wisconsin means that unless I don a parka and wrap myself in scarves like a mummy, my outdoor grilling time is limited to about 5 months of the year. Yes, I admit to being a grilling wussie, which is exactly why I love my grill pan! I bought this little gem last year, and she's made me a very happy camper.
Using my grill pan has saved me from frost bite, water in my ears, and other unnecessary bodily harm caused by the elements. It may not deliver a great charcoal taste, but just take a look at that gorgeous crosshatch marking and those little crispy bits on my burgers. It's a yummi win-win if you ask me! I was especially happy to use it last weekend, when the torrential downpour of rain was creating a miniature lake in my back yard. It started raining just as I came out of Walmart with 6 bags full of cookout essentials and other groceries. Oh joy.
Oh, but take a look at my happy line-up of ingredients and tell me that you're not hungry!
YUMMI goodness, right? I set out to make a delicious, juicy chicken fajita cheeseburger. Chopped jalapeno and spicy pepperjack cheese in the center and my favorite fajita toppings on the outside. I prepped up some colorful sweet bell peppers and crispy onions and grilled them in my pan with a little bit of olive oil.
Using a grill pan isn't a whole lot different than cooking on charcoal. Actually, it's a bit easier because you can control the heat. Just make sure that before you put the food into it, you've preheated that pan so it's scorching hot! If you don't take that step, your burger will end up without the nice grill marks AND it won't cook properly in the middle. You'll end up with a dry, overcooked exterior and a raw center. Although I like medium rare beef burgers, I don't mess around when I'm cooking with poultry like turkey and chicken. It's very unsafe to eat a chicken burger like this that hasn't been cooked to an internal temperature of 165. There's a huge risk of foodborne diseases like salmonella. Eww and ick. Cook your burger all the way through. Make sure that a food-safe thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the burger reads at least 163 degrees Farenheit before you remove it from the pan. Let it rest for a couple of minutes, and THEN eat. You'll be a much happier camper, trust me on this.
While your burger is resting, you can get all of your toppings ready. I topped mine with salsa, sour cream, and some iceberg lettuce. Actually, I was really craving that nice garlic and onion ciabatta roll, BUT I decided to stay lower in carbs and go with the naked burger. I still had the cheesey goodness inside and all of those awesome peppers and onions. Oh yeah... what a meal! My chicken fajita cheeseburger served me well! I served it up with a side of my slow cooker BBQ baked beans. What's that? You want that recipe? Well, my friend, it's going up on the blog TOMORROW, so do yourself a huge favor and leave me your email address below. I'll be sure to shoot that email off to you in the morning
OK, so now that you're likely drooling on your keyboard, how about the recipe for the best chicken fajita cheeseburger you'll ever want to taste? You're welcome!
- 1 pound lean ground chicken
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 jalapeno, seeds removed and very finely diced ** (See notes)
- 4 ounces shredded pepperjack cheese
- 1 Tablespoon grapeseed or olive oil
- 1 red bell pepper, cored, seeds removed, and sliced into thin strips
- 1 green bell pepper, cored, seeds removed, and sliced into thin strips
- 1 large yellow or white onion, peeled and cut into thin slices
- 4 hamburger buns or rolls
- In a medium bowl, use your hands to combine ground chicken, salt, and jalapeno. Form 8 equal sized patties, each weighing 2 ounces (roughly 1/4 cup each). Place shredded cheese on top of one patty and top it with another patty. Use your fingers to seal the edges of the patties together.
- Place burgers at least 1 inch apart onto the preheated grate of a hot grill, or into a grill pan that's been preheated over high heat for at least 3 minutes.
- If you're using a grill pan, immediately reduce heat to medium-high. Cook burgers on one side for 4 minutes, then flip and cook on other side for an additional 4-6 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 163 degrees F. Transfer burgers to a platter and allow them to rest for 5 minutes before serving.
- While burgers rest, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium high heat in a large saute pan (or wipe your grill pan with paper toweling and use that pan), and saute peppers and onion for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until peppers are softened and onions are translucent.
- Serve chicken fajita cheeseburgers on buns, topped with peppers, onions, and your favorite fajita fixings. Recommended: sour cream, salsa, and shredded lettuce.
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