Jalapeno Pepper Patty Melt

Almost nothing beats a warm, cheesy patty melt with grilled onions except maybe the Jalapeno Pepper Patty Melt!

Jalapeno Patty Melt on a Board Cut in Half

When the folks at Tillamook approached me several weeks ago to  participate with them and other blogs in celebrating National Grilled Cheese Month of course I said yes; who doesn’t love that combo of butter toasted bread with some gooey cheese melted inside. I wanted to try a Jalapeno Pepper Patty Melt so timing was perfect.

Alas, I had no jalapeno in sight so I rebooted and it does seem that my Apple, Pancetta and Sharp Cheddar on a Grilled Croissant sandwich was well received. I know it might be my most favorite grilled cheese ever!

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Though the apple/cheddar/croissant match was magical…I could not quite get over the other sandwich I thought of doing; well, actually did. The problem? I’ve lately been using Google ‘after’ I finish making a recipe to see what else is out there like it.

I’m a strong believer that it’s next to impossible to make something totally and completely unique anymore and this exercise often proves that point so I wasn’t surprised to have that confirmed with my new search practice.

Still…I was a bit surprised to see that indeed, what I thought a new spin on a Patty Melt was in fact widespread; as in Carl’s Junior widespread. Sigh. Pepper Jack cheese and jalapenos even. I won’t deny I was a bit bummed especially since I had really loved it…still, on the back burner it went.

Then I made it for some friends who 1. Also LOVED it and 2. Like me, had never been to a Carl’s Junior. They convinced me to share it on my blog; for their sake. Besides, though this photo of the Carl’s Junior Southwest Patty Melt looked OK; it just screamed ‘food styling’ and we didn’t see someone eating it after the photo was finished.

Here? It’s always a race to get it made, put together and photographed right before someone takes a big bite…but I hope it looks more ‘real’ too!

Jalapeno Patty Melt Cut in Half and Served on a Round Board

By the way, if you aren’t familiar with Tillamook cheeses, well you should be; they are one of my favorite brands. In my own personal effort to know more about the food products that I eat and the companies that produce them, Tillamook measures up.

They have a strong commitment to local and state dairy associations and to the quality of their product, expecting that anyone supplying them with milk has been certified that their milk producing cows have not been treated with artificial growth hormones. I appreciate attention to those values and the ultimate benefit to all of us. That I love how it tastes is a given. 🙂

Jalapeno Patty Melt Steps to Putting Together

This sandwich was fabulous; especially for the woman who moved to Colorado and used to pick Jalapenos out of any food and who now has to add them. I think of them as mild now but if not  your preference simply omit them.

NOTE: This recipe calls for grilled onions; make your favorite recipe or if you need inspiration, take a peek at our recipe for making caramelized onions overnight in a crockpot or if you prefer a stovetop recipe, here is one from Simply Recipes.

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Jalapeno Patty Melt on a Board Cut in Half

Jalapeno Pepper Patty Melt

A patty melt with attitude using pepper jack cheese and jalapeno peppers.
5 from 50 or more votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Beef, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 1 Patty Melt
Calories 634 kcal


  • ¼ to ⅓ pound ground beef
  • ¼ cup grilled onions
  • 2 slices Tllamook Pepper Jack cheese
  • 1 jalapeno pepper cored and sliced
  • 1 Tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon stone ground mustard
  • Hot sauce


  • Using large frying pay, melt 1 tsp of butter and brown the inside edges of bun. (I’ve found this really helps to keep your bun from getting soggy!) Remove bun to a plate.
  • Prepare a patty from the ground chuck and grill or fry it to desired doneness.
  • In same pan, heat up the grilled onions and add the jalapeno slices to the pan to warm and soften a bit. I cooked my burger inside so did all three of these tasks at one time in the same pan.
  • When the burger, onions and jalapenos are done; remove them to a plate. Wipe out the skillet. Melt 1 tsp of butter in the center of the pan and put the bottom side of the bun on the butter.
  • Layer with sliced pepper jack cheese, then burger, onions, another slice of cheese and jalapeno pepper slices.
  • Mix the mayonnaise, stone ground mustard and hot sauce to taste in a small bowl. Spread the inside of the top bun with this mixture and then top the patty with the bun.
  • Heat on low to medium heat, covered with a lid or a piece of aluminum foil.
  • Once cheese has visibly melted on the bottom, remove the sandwich, melt another teaspoon of butter on the bottom of the pan.
  • Flip the patty melt over and continue heating until the cheese starts to melt. Remove the burger, plate and cut the sandwich in half.


Nutrition Facts
Jalapeno Pepper Patty Melt
Serving Size
1 Patty Melt
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword beef, dinner, hamburger, jalapeno, lunch, patty melt
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Disclosure: I was provided with the cheese for this post from Tillamook Cheese. All recipes and opinions are my own.

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  1. Well, I know what I’m making for dinner, this looks really good and I do believe I’ve got everything needed to make it on hand, except for not the same pepper jack though

    1. It was fabulous…I loved it enough that though I had no ground beef a couple of nights later; I managed another with just grilled onions and jalapenos and even that was a great grilled cheese…enjoy!

  2. Pepper jack is one of my favorite cheeses. I melt it in the oven on flour tortillas for quickie quesadillas – s snack I’ve been making since I was 12. I also love it on burgers, and the minute I saw this, I wanted it. Your patty melt (obviously) puts the ‘other’ one to shame. Something about the words ‘patty melt’ get a bad rap due it’s ‘associations’. They never look as good as they do in the photos, but undoubtedly, yours does!

    1. OK, it’s time for true confessions I guess. It was better than it looks; juicy, melty and some heat. Perfect.

  3. Hi, Amanda from Lambs Ears and Honey recommended your blog to me. That’s a killer looking burger. Love it but then I love anything with cheese and jalepenos!

    1. Who is working on the TwEAT app right…so I could zap one over to you! Thanks Deeba; I promise it was. 🙂

  4. I think I told you that my grilled-cheese-sandwich freak son told me off for not participating in Grilled Cheese Month. But when I asked him to help me create something unique he scolded me, saying that only the classic American Cheese on White Bread grilled cheese was the only grilled cheese sandwich! I’ll show him yours! This so reminds me of the best kind of sandwich or burger one can get at an American diner! A patty melt to me is so all-American and yours, as usual, has me craving this now!

    1. So funny. Not that I don’t have warm memories of ‘that’ grilled cheese; but it’s been fun to experiment a bit and if this sandwich doesn’t do it for your son? Well, I guess it’s time to hang up my spatula!

  5. I’m still chuckling over the Carl’s Jr discovery, but YOURS looks SO much better. I bet it tastes a 100x better – I know I’m drooling right now!

    1. I just about died…I mean it was just like it, even in the order the photo shows of how they layered ingredients. But then I advocate this as a huge possibility so guess I shouldn’t be shocked huh? But thanks so much Liren.

    1. Thanks Jayne. After ‘learning’ about food styling tips, most of which food bloggers like myself can’t use because we actually eat the food, I look at some of these ads with a totally different perspective!

    1. Yeah…a guys perspective! After my cheddar/apple/croissant sandwich I sort of thought of this as my ‘manly man’ version; good to hear it met with your approval!

    1. It is a spicy little burger for sure. I have to laugh at myself cause I use to remove ALL jalapenos from everything; my how times have changed!

  6. I love Tillamook cheeses and completely agree with you! However, taking the risk of sounding ignorant..what is do you mean by “chuck”?

    And yeah its so difficult to come up with a completelt new recipe..some version is ALWAYS available somewhere..*sigh*

    1. Not ignorant at all! I use ground chuck for my ground beef but think I’ll change that recipe to just say ground beef…good catch, you might not be the only one who was not able to read my mind. 🙂

    1. Hard one to get onboard with huh? I’m doing an Italian sausage with cheese too…hey I had the cheese! And yes, REAL Italian sausage made by a local company, Paisano Sausage!

  7. Yummy! That looks really delicious, I think I’m going to give your recipe a try! I mustn’t read your post before lunch, I always got so hungry:)

    1. Combined with a local friend who wants me to open a bake shop…I’m gonna be one busy girl! Thanks Paula.

    1. Thanks Steve; it was a great sandwich. After doing a grilled cheese last week with apple and cheddar I did want to make something of a ‘manly-man’ type this week!

  8. Being a recipe contester, this has happened to me more times than I can count, but I am willing to bet that your version is far better than Carl Jr’s. Your version is mouth watering.

    1. Thanks so much…this was freaky how almost identical it was…but I’m the first to say it happens and I also say I’ll put recipes on my blog even if they are elsewhere…it’ my journal!

    1. Wish I could have helped…the heat takes a sandwich I already love to another, great level.

  9. Just packed a Tillamook grilled cheese sandwich for the kiddi’s lunch with strawberries, carrots and grilled asparagus on the side. Indulgent and some fruits and veggies too.

  10. I wish I could think of a better comment than oh, wow, that sounds amazing, but that sums it up!!!

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