Recipe for Pepper Cheddar Burgers

Since we’re smack in the middle of grilling season, I thought I’d share the recipe for one of my favorite ways to make a burger. Recently, I was lucky enough to get some fresh, organic beef from a farmer out of Westby, WI (you should check out her funny farm stories on Danika Dairy Diary). Although the farm is all the way across the state, I still feel good supporting a Wisconsin farmer – and knowing exactly where my beef came from and how it was raised. I decided to pair this ground beef with organic pepper-cheddar cheese (also from Westby, using milk from Danika’s farm) and let me tell you – we have a winner here.

Pepperjack Burgers

1.5 lb. ground beef

4 oz. Westby Creamery pepper-cheddar cheese

1 tbsp. Penzey’s Forward! salt-free spice blend

1/2 large red onion

1 pint mushrooms (I used baby bellas)

1 tbsp. olive oil

salt & pepper to taste

4 hamburger buns

Put your ground beef and Forward! spice in a bowl and mix well. Divide it into four even balls, then make each of those balls into two fairly thin pattys (8 total).


Slice the pepper-cheddar fairly thinly and put a few slices onto four of the eight pattys.


Take the remaining pattys (without the cheese) and place on top of the cheese pattys. Press them together and seal the edges to make one burger.


Light up the grill and get it fairly hot before you put the burgers on. It’s going to take at least 5 minutes per side on these, as they’re pretty thick burgers.

While your burgers are cooking, slice and sautee your mushrooms and onions in a frying pan with the oil and salt & pepper. I let these go for the entire time my burgers are on to get them nice and caramelized.

When my burgers are almost done, I like to put my hamburger bun on the grill for a minute, just to warm it up, and I like the grate marks! When the meat is done to your liking, pull that burger off and put it on a bun. I like to let it sit for just a minute after it comes off of the heat. The last step it to top it with onions and mushrooms.


This burger is flavorful, but not overpowering. The pepper-cheddar really gives it a mellow, pleasing flavor, and a fun surprise when you bite into it. This is a great example of how quality ingredients make a quality meal, no matter how simple it is. I hope you enjoy!