Cowboy Burgers

Makes 4.

Note: Add more or less cheese, jalapeños and onion, as you prefer. For more heat, use serrano peppers. Bonus points if you toast the bun! Adapted from Whole Foods Market.

• 4 to 6 slices bacon, diced

• 1 lb. ground beef

• 1/3 c. shredded Cheddar cheese

• 1 to 2 jalapeños, seeded, deveined and diced, with a few whole slices for garnish (see Note)

• 1/4 c. minced onion

• Salt and freshly cracked black pepper

• Butter

• 4 hamburger buns


Cook bacon and cool. Gently combine ground beef with bacon, cheese, diced jalapeños, onion, salt and pepper. Gently form meat mixture into 4 patties. Butter the cut side of buns.

Over direct heat with a hot grill, toast buns lightly (either directly on rack or on a grill pan). Remove and add burgers; cook until desired doneness. Serve on buns, garnished with jalapeño slices.

Nutrition information per serving:

Calories 465 Fat 28 g Sodium 510 mg

Carbohydrates 24 g Saturated fat 13 g Total sugars 3 g

Protein 30 g Cholesterol 110 mg Dietary fiber 1 g

Exchanges per serving: 1 ½ starch, 4 medium-fat protein, 1 ½ fat.