Smoky Cherry Pepper Burgers


Serves: 4


  • For the sauce:
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon pickle juice
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon chipotle chili powder or cayenne pepper


  • For the Cherry Pepper Relish:
  • 1 (16-ounce) jar sweet red cherry peppers, drained
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • For the Burgers:
  • 6 frozen beef patties
  • 6 hamburger buns
  • 6 slices American cheese
  • 6-10 slices bacon, cooked until crisp
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Combine all the ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl and whisk until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Remove the stems from the cherry peppers and place in a blender or bowl of a food processor. Add the honey and olive oil and blend until smooth and only seeds remain. Set aside.
  3. Cook the beef patties on a grill or griddle according to the package directions and season with salt and pepper. Add a slice of cheese to the top of each burger at the end of cooking and allow it to melt before removing from the heat.
  4. Spread 1-2 tablespoons each of the sauce and relish on the top burger bun. Add a beef patty to the bottom bun, top with a few slices of bacon, place the top bun with the sauce on the patty and enjoy.