Pepper-Jack Pork Burgers


Cookouts are about good food and good company -- form burger patties and prep toppings ahead, so you're ready to grill when friends arrive.


  • Vegetable oil, for grilling

  • 4 Anaheim chiles

  • 1 large white onion, cut into ½-inch slices

  • Salt and pepper

  • 2 pounds ground pork, formed into 8 thin patties

  • 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack (8 ounces)

  • 8 hamburger buns

  • Toppings, such as mayonnaise and cilantro (optional)


  1. Heat grill or grill pan to medium-high. Clean and lightly oil hot grill. Brush chiles and onion with oil, then season with salt and pepper. Grill vegetables, turning occasionally, until crisp-tender, 10 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board. Slice chiles, discarding stems and seeds.

  2. Season patties with salt and pepper, then brush with oil. Grill until cooked through, about 4 minutes per side; during last minute of cooking, top each burger with cheese and cover grill. Serve burgers on buns with chiles, onion, and other desired toppings.

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