Hamburger Meat Recipes Are A Dime A Dozen—Until You Taste Popper Beef Burgers

Hamburger meat recipes. . .

Hamburger meat recipes get a bad rap. “Fatty, greasy, unhealthy,” they say. But hold on, a 2006 article in the prestigious Nutrition Journal reports that when a lean hamburger from a grassfed cow is compared with an equally lean hamburger from a feedlot raised cow, the grassfed meat contains two and half times more CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) than the meat from the confinement-raised cow. As you probably know if you read much news or poke around this site, CLA is “the good fat” and has been proven in numerous animal studies to cut cancer, diabetes and obesity.

Is it the best hamburger recipe? You’ll never know ‘til you try!


1 pound ground beef, preferably grassfed
1/4 cup prepared thick-and-chunky-salsa
4 frozen cream cheese or Cheddar cheese stuffed jalapeno peppers
4 hamburger buns, split
1/4 cup prepared salsa con queso
1/4 cup chopped fresh plum tomato
2 tablespoons sliced, pitted ripe olives

Procedure to make champion hamburger meat recipes:

Combine ground beef and 1/4 cup salsa in large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Lightly shape into four thin patties. Place one stuffed pepper in center of each patty; wrap beef around pepper to enclose, sealing seams and forming ball. Flatten balls into patties. Patties will be about 4 to 5 inches across and 1 inch thick.

Place patties on grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill, uncovered, 15 to 16 minutes to medium (160 F) doneness, until beef is not pink in center and juices show no pink color, turning occasionally.

Spread 1-tablespoon salsa con queso evenly over top of each burger. Sprinkle evenly with tomato and olives. Serve with salsa, as desired.

Cook’s note: Four slices (3/4 ounce each) Mexican-style process cheese may be substituted for salsa con queso; place on top of patties 1 minute before patties are done to allow cheese to melt. Popper Beef Burgers may be served in hamburger buns for a hand-held sandwich.

This recipe was printed in the Iowa Farm Bureau Spokesman and is a courtesy of the Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Beef Check-off Program. For more recipes visit

The world is full of recipes for ground beef. Who knows the best? At least for some people, you have the all-time champion ground beef recipe right before your eyes.

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