Spicy Grilled Burgers

Grilled Hamburger Recipe

This recipe epitomizes our tag line of, turning your ordinary grilling to extraordinary bbq.

Nope, a burger is not just a burger.  Not anymore.  Not after you read this recipe, try it, and take one delicious bite.  I’m about to change your burger loving world forever.  A warning:  Once you try these ridiculously delicious spicy hamburgers, you may never go back to what you once knew.

A word of thanks to my good friend, Kevin Pfeiffer.  He is the inspiration for this recipe and contributed some key ingredients.  Pfeif – as I call him – is one of the cooks on our competitive team, SLABS a’ Smokin, and a good friend.  He also happens to be wickedly talented on the grill.  This will not be the last you hear from my buddy Pfeif.

Spicy Grilled Hamburger with Cheese

I’ve been wanting to share a burger recipe for a while but couldn’t decide which one to do.  This one is perfect.  So unique and tasty.  It combines ground beef with spicy pork sausage; throw in some fresh garlic, onion and peppers for extra zing, and sear to perfection on a blazing wood filled grill.

And yes, a drizzle of my favorite secret ingredient – syrup.

A few burger grilling tips:

  • Please try to only flip once.  It’s critically important to achieving a juicy burger.
  • Of course you should use some wood.  Burgers with a bit of smoke are phenomenal (check out this smoked burger recipe!).
  • Do NOT push your spatula down on the burger!  Why do you do that?  You’re squeezing all the juices out of the burger and into your coals, causing flames!  Flip it and leave it alone.
  • When the juices are clear, it’s done.  If you can poke it with the tip of your spatula and only clear juices run out, get that sucker off.
  • If you’re doing cheese, figure that into your cooking time.  Don’t make the mistake of cooking the burger until it’s done, THEN putting the cheese on.  Your burger will be dry.

You can absolutely do this recipe non-spicy if you prefer.  Get mild pork sausage, leave out the onions and peppers, and just season with salt & pepper.  It will still be juicy and delicious – just less kick.

Grilled Burger with pickles and chips

What’s your favorite twist to a standard burger?  Please share!  I love trying new ways to cook hamburgers – one of my very favorite things to grill.  Enjoy these spicy grilled burgers and let me know how it goes for you!

Grilled Hamburger Recipe

Spicy Grilled Burgers

Big, Bold Burger Flavors!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Calories 417 kcal


  • 1 lb ground chuck
  • 1 lb spicy pork sausage
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 small red & 1 small yellow pepper.
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 2 tbs syrup
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Cheddar Pub Cheese


  • Mix all ingredients (except cheese) in bowl
  • Form into thick round patties.
  • Grill over direct heat for about 5-8 minutes per side until juices run clear.
  • Before completely done, add a scoop of your pub cheese.
  • Close all vents and let cheese melt for 2-3 minutes.
Keyword Spicy BBQ Burgers

6 thoughts on “Spicy Grilled Burgers

      1. I didn’t see your quick reply to my question until today, Kevin. So I used 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce instead and they turned out great! Next time, I’ll try the maple syrup idea. I was actually being sarcastic not expecting you to confirm that. Ha!

        The only other question I have is what is ‘pub cheese’? It appears to be some sort of soft spread cheddar based cheese you can scoop. I’ve never seen it in my grocery. We used sliced pepper jack or cheddar the other night. THANKS for sharing your recipe!

        1. You’re correct, Riley. Pub Cheese is soft scoopable cheese. I love it. They have it or similar in all grocery stores in the St. Louis area. But sliced is certainly delicious too! I mix it up.

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