Smoky Cherry Pepper Burgers

May 19, 2022, 12:00:00 PM

A smoky warm sauce made with smoked paprika and chipotle and a cherry pepper relish makes for the perfect summer toppings for these juicy cheeseburgers.


For the sauce:

  • ½ 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 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 a 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.