Salsa Burger Recipe

With the flavor and heat of a jalapeno and melted cheese of Pepperjack cheese a top your burger, this meal is bursting with flavor! This juicy Salsa Burger is sure to be a new family grilling favorite!

I was so excited to be chosen to host a party creating my ideal summer day, made better with Nestlé Drumstick Pretzel Dipped cones! I knew immediately what I wanted to do. The dropzone where we skydive is our second home in the summer months. Our skydiving family is a fun bunch, and nothing beats summer (or fall or winter or spring) gatherings with them. 

If you live in or around Minnesota, you will know that our weather can abruptly throw a wrench into outdoor plans. Like our wedding day, for example! Dan and I planned an outdoor wedding in May, hoping for good weather. It was 45 degrees, raining, windy and COLD. 

The day before my Nestlé party, it was sunny, beautiful and nearly 90 degrees. The next day, the day of the party, it was 50 degrees (warmer than my wedding day!), raining, windy and COLD.

But skydivers love food and togetherness, so the weather didn't stop us from having a party! Dan was a good sport. He grilled 40 burgers in the rain while the rest of us sat in the hangar, awaiting the food.

What kinds of burgers was Dan grilling in the cold, you ask? Well, salsa burgers, of course! Dan and I make these burgers quite often in the summer-time, and they are especially loved by our skydiving friends. They seemed like the perfect thing to grill for this party.

By the way, I have to mention how difficult it was to take the below photo. The wind kept blowing the top bun off, so I had to hold it on with my finger, focus the camera, remove finger and CLICK.

If you like a good burger and have never eaten a salsa burger, well, sorry to say, but you are missing out. There honestly is no other way that Dan and I make burgers from scratch. They are so very simple to make yet juicy and delicious beyond words. If you like spicy food there is plenty of room to turn up the heat, but spice is definitely not a necessity.

Hopefully you will be able to enjoy them in a sunny warm setting, and not huddled inside a skydiving manifest. 

The kids at the party weren't so excited about the salsa burgers (they'll learn), but they were eagerly awaiting the unveiling of the ice cream!

(Don't ask about the photo hanging on the wall in the middle of this pic.)

When I opened the cone-filled freezer, I literally heard excited gasps coming from all around the room (not just the children). 

Look at these happy faces!

The whole purpose of this party was to create a fun summer experience revolving around the limited edition Nestlé Drumstick Pretzel Dipped cones, so it seems fitting to share that they were very very good. There is an appropriate amount of pretzel bits in the chocolate that coats the vanilla ice cream. Enough that you know they are there, but not so much that you forget you are eating ice cream.

They were a hit! They were totally devoured, and they were the perfect finishing touch after a meal of juicy salsa burgers, chips and cheese dip. 

Full disclosure: Nestlé has provided me with free product and other items in order to help with my review, but anything I receive from Nestlé does not affect my thoughts on its company or their products.

And just like that, the clouds parted. I'm not kidding! If I had known that these cones could part clouds, I would have started my day off by eating one.

The 4-pack box of Nestlé Pretzel Dipped cones became energized by the sun and by the people enjoying its creamy tastiness, so he hopped on out to the airplane. 

He sat in the pilot's seat and flew up to 13,000 feet, the altitude that skydivers typically jump from.

He made his way toward the back of the airplane, where the open door awaited.

He hesitated at the door, but this is typical for a first jump.

But he did it. He found the courage to take the plunge into the cool sky.

At the end of the day, we were all feeling satisfied and we were all happy that we had tried new things.

Salsa Burgers

My absolute FAVORITE way to prepare burgers. No questions asked.

Contributed by Megan Porta from

Published May 24, 2012

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Serves: 4

Total time: 20 min



  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, finely chopped (optional, but highly recommended)
  • 4 slices pepperjack cheese (optional)
  1. Light a grill and set to medium heat. In a medium bowl, combine the ground beef, salsa, salt, pepper and jalapenos (if using). Mix well with hands, incorporating all ingredients together. Divide the meat into four equal sections, and using your hands, form each section into a patty.
  2. Place the patties on the grill and cook for 6 minutes. Flip and add 1 slice of cheese to the top of each burger (if using). Cook for another 4 minutes, or until the meat has reached desired level of doneness. Serve on a bun with desired condiments.