Jamaican Jerk Burgers



Two pounds good quality ground beef (15% fat)

6 pretzel buns (discard any salt packets) (Pretzilla brand)

1 cup sliced banana pepper rings

Baby Arugula lettuce

Chipotle Mayonnaise

1 cup mayonnaise

3 Tablespoons orange juice

1 Tablespoon Chipotle seasoning

Mango Jalapeno Cream Cheese

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

½ fresh ripe mango, diced

1 finely chopped jalapeno pepper

Jerk Marinade

1 bunch green onion, coarsely chopped (about 1-1/2 cups)

1 Tablespoon chopped fresh thyme

2-3 jalapeno chili peppers OR 1 habanero pepper, sliced

1 garlic clove, peeled

½ cup packed light brown sugar

½ cup vegetable oil

½ cup soy sauce

1 teaspoon ground allspice

2 Tablespoons Ketchup

6 Tablespoons lime juice or the juice of 2 room temperature limes

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon ground ginger

¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

¼ teaspoon ground cloves



Slice the banana peppers into rings, place in a bowl, and set aside.

Prepare the Chipotle Mayonnaise:

In a bowl, combine the mayonnaise, orange juice, and Chipotle seasoning. Mix well. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes until ready to use.

Prepare the Mango Cream Cheese:

Peel and dice the mango. Depending on the size of the mango you will need about half a mango. You can eat the rest as a snack.

In a bowl combine the softened cream cheese, ½ diced mango, and the chopped jalapeno pepper. Mix well. Cover and refrigerate about 30 minutes until ready to use. If it is still too soft, you can place it in the freezer for about 10 minutes.

Prepare the marinade:

In a food processor, combine the green onion, thyme, sliced jalapeno peppers, garlic, brown sugar, vegetable oil, soy sauce, allspice, ketchup, lime juice, cinnamon, ground ginger, nutmeg, and ground cloves and process until pureed.

Form 6 hamburgers with the ground beef.

Place the hamburgers in a shallow glass dish and pour the marinade over the hamburgers. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes, turning the burgers once half way through.

Prepare your grill. When ready grill the hamburgers until medium or medium rare.

To Assemble:

Butter and toast the pretzel buns on a griddle or in a frying pan.

Spread a generous layer of Chipotle mayonnaise on the top and bottom of each of the buns.

Add a generous layer of arugula on the bottom bun.

Place the grilled hamburger on top of the arugula lettuce.

Cut a thick slab of mango cream cheese and place on top of the hamburger.

Add a layer of slice banana peppers.

Finish with the top bun.


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