Food with My Dude #2: Freshly Ground Jalapeño-Garlic Hamburgers.

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Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, we got a meat grinder because Stephen wanted to make homemade hamburgers. I’ve never been a huge fan of hamburgers, but when I say that, I mean that you would probably not ever see me ordering a hamburger at a restaurant– not downing on those that do, but they never catch my eye.

Freshly Ground Jalapeño-Garlic Hamburgers

I’m not opposed to eating them at cookouts or even have some at dinner. So, here we are. I will note that we actually don’t follow the recipe exactly. We do take the ingredients of one, but we follow other directions.

As usual, here’s the recipe that we loosely use:

  • 1 pound chuck roast
  • 1 pound brisket, boneless short rib, sirloin, or top round (preferably a combination of two of these cuts)
  • 2 large garlic cloves
  • 1 large shallot
  • 1-2 jalapeño peppers, depending on your spice tolerance
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Publix only offered 3 pounds of chuck roast, so we tripled the recipe. We used two top round sirloins as well. This means we had 6 pounds of meat to grind up!

Here’s the inspiration and the directions that we follow:

Burgers | Basics with Babish.



You’re probably wondering about the price and why it’s marked so low. Well, we went to the store to buy the ingredients and the total cost was around $40 for us to buy all of the ingredients. We could make 17 patties, so that rounds to $2.35, give or take with some minor details. The meat itself was the major cost, but for two people, we only cooked 5 of the 17 patties, then froze the remaining 12 in the freezer for another time. Either way, it sure beats paying for a $10 to $14 for a burger at a restaurant!

I took on the role of dicing. We used only 5 garlic cloves since one was huge. They were pretty fun to cut up— even though I was super slow at dicing everything up!

Stephen was behind me, in charge of cutting up all the meat. It was supposed to be spread out and put in the freezer for 15 minutes. Our freezer is so tiny that it was nearly impossible to have separate trays, so we’ve got a huge pile of meat!

The meat grinder was not pictured in the ingredient picture because Stephen placed it in the freezer so the meat wouldn’t jam inside of it during the grinding process. We left it in there for about 30 minutes, possibly longer.

Now, the fun part. Stephen was on that grind! Hahaha.

It’s really interesting how it works, but you definitely notice how different it is when it’s ground up with the grinder.

Next, we mix in the lovely veggies I cut.

Side note: After a pho incident, Stephen isn’t a huge fan of jalapeños. We went out for pho once and he put too many of them in his dish and the pepper cranked the heat up, which he had to sniffle his way through the rest of the meal. So, no more jalapeño seeds for him. I hollowed out all of them, so this was not a spicy dish at all, I promise!

Now, time to mix them all together!

Once it’s mixed well enough, Stephen will shape them all into nice, even patties. He probably doesn’t let me do this part since I’d make them all different sizes— completely unintentional, that is.

He did so well with shaping them because they fit perfectly for the buns! He also put ground pepper and MSG on the patties prior to frying them we just bought some and he wanted to use it instead of salt.

The Binging with Babish guy toasted his buns in a cast iron skillet. Even though it’s still the summer season, we gotta toast these buns! I’m terribly sorry. I may do that again.

I admit, I do like the small touch of butter and the crispness of them being toasted.

Frying was the tricky part since we didn’t know how long was an adequate amount of time. Probably should have kept them on each side for 7-10 minutes to cook thoroughly. We put the skillet lid on them so the patties wouldn’t dry it.

They were so fatty, but the flavor was well maintained.

Okay, it may not look like much in the picture, but they were so juicy and flavorful! The veggies mixed in really make a huge difference.

Taste: Definitely better than a restaurant or drive-thru hamburger. The veggies inside the burger just give them a wonderful boost of flavor!



The first time we made hamburgers, we made them in a cast iron skillet. Stephen claims that our first try was a 5. This time around, we didn’t have the lid that we were able to use when cooking the meal, so this is why we had to use our other kitchenware. He was a tad bit disappointed on how this batch turned out, but maybe it’s due to how the patties were cooked or the lack of pickles and onions topped on the hamburger.

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Of course, with the seeds, it would be a whole different story, no doubt.

This is only our second time making them. We were a little disappointed with the bun we used, but maybe that’s because the patties were overwhelmingly large for them, haha. Anyways, a time consuming meal to make, but it’s fun making it together! At least we’ve got plenty of leftovers too!

Update: About two months later, [October] we thawed out the patties and used better buns, haha. Some of the patties had a bit of discoloration on certain parts of them, but they were safe to eat. We still don’t have a cast iron skillet lid, so we improvised and covered the skillet with aluminum foil while the patties cooked. They made such a difference! They were a little bit fattier after cooking, but they were definitely more flavorful when being cooked on the cast iron skillet.

14 thoughts on “Food with My Dude #2: Freshly Ground Jalapeño-Garlic Hamburgers.

  1. Oooh I dont eat as much red meat anymore but I’d be lying if I didnt say that this recipe is enticing me to make my own homemade burgers! Especially because they have jalapeno. Yum.honestly they look incredible!! And you cannot beat the price if you have tons of leftover meat for later.


  2. Oh my gosh I don’t have a meat grinder.. but reading this post definitely made me wish I had one! Those look amazing! I am also a huge sucker for jalapeños.. so I may need to make these sometime (but maybe with ground beef?)


    1. Thanks! It’s definitely a fun meal to make, but it requires some time to carve out beforehand! Oh yes, ground meat would be a great alternative to use if you don’t have a meat grinder. Hope you have the chance to make them one day! 🙂


  3. How cool that you guys grounded your own meat!! Boyfriend would hate me if I made him do that but I bet they did turn out way tastier than just regular old already ground beef.

    I’m LOLing about Stephen & the jalapeno dish. If we made these we’d leave out the MSG, use pink salt, & def keep the seeds in the peppers. 😉 They look so juicy & delish!! I love a toasted bun, too, & veggies mixed in the meat does make such a nice difference. Yum! Thanks for sharing, girl!


    1. I wouldn’t have ever thought to use a meat grinder for meals, but it’s cool to use! I’ve never used pink salt for anything but maybe I should start using that every now and then!

      I would’ve loved to have the seeds in the peppers, but I couldn’t let his hard work go to waste for him to not enjoy it! 😜 Haha. Thanks for stopping by once again, hope your day is lovely!

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      1. We love pink salt & after our first time buying it, have never went back to regular. It really has so much more flavor. 😀 I hope you like it if you try it!

        LOL again about Stephen & the too many jalapenos in his pho.

        ❤ ❤ Hope your day is lovely, too!!

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  4. Wow this looks so good!! I’ve never known anyone to even grind their own meat for burgers! My family would just use ground beef, but this seems like it would taste super fresh! What a delicious recipe. Thanks for sharing!


    1. You and me both! It was our first time and he wanted to figure it out! My family always just used ground beef too. You could definitely taste a difference! Thanks for reading, hope your weekend is lovely!!

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