Hoad's Hot Jalapeno Burger

1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 cup chopped scallions
2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
3/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1 1/2 teaspoons Tajin clasico seasoning or taco seasoning
Habanero or other hot chili powder, to taste
2 to 3 fresh jalapenos, stemmed and sliced, or sliced canned jalapenos
4 slices pepper jack cheese
4 jalapeno-cheese bagels, toasted
Lettuce, for garnish
Fresh avocado slices, for garnish
Hot sauce, preferably homemade or Frank's, for serving

In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, scallions, garlic, mustard and taco seasoning. Divide mixture and form into 4 patties. Cover and refrigerate patties for at least 1 hour to give flavors time to marry.

Heat grill and season both sides of each patty with the habanero powder. Grill patties on both sides to desired doneness, topping burgers just before they are done with the sliced jalapenos and cheese.

Serve burgers on the toasted bagels, garnished as desired with the lettuce, avocado slices and hot sauce. Makes 4 servings.

— Recipe from Julia Hoadley (with husband Charles and son John), San Diego.


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