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Sunny's Sizzling Summer Burger

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr 30 min (includes resting time)
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 burgers
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Four 1-inch-thick pre-made burger patties (spring for the good stuff like Pat LaFrieda or go to your butcher)

1 teaspoon kosher salt 

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 

1 teaspoon ground cumin 

1 teaspoon granulated garlic powder

1 teaspoon granulated onion powder

1 teaspoon hot Hungarian paprika 

8 ounces cheese sauce (I like Velveeta) 

1 to 2 tablespoons dry sriracha seasoning

Butter lettuce, for serving 

4 toasted burger buns, potato preferred 

1/2 small red onion, sliced paper thin 

1/2 cup fried jalapenos (I like French's), crushed 


  1. Place the patties on a tray in one layer. Mix the salt, pepper, cumin, garlic and onion powders and paprika in a small bowl. Sprinkle on both sides of the patties and rest at room temperature for 2 hours.
  2. Heat a grill to medium-high heat.
  3. Add the patties to the grill and cook to desired doneness, flipping once.
  4. Meanwhile, whisk together the cheese sauce and sriracha seasoning in a small saucepot. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until fully combined and hot.
  5. Lay down some lettuce leaves on the bottom buns, then top with the patties, onion slices, fried jalapenos and finally the cheese sauce. Top with the top buns and serve.