Hot Belly Buster Burger

Large, Delicious, Hot Hamburger

Real Restaurant Hamburger Recipe

This Hot Belly Buster Burger is so-called because of the ingredients that include jalapeno peppers and Tabasco sauce and its size - 1/2 pound of beef.

The hamburgers I usually prepare are a third of a pound of ground beef. But on certain days when there is a special sports event on TV, I make the Hot Belly Busters for guests in the restaurant.

Most of these sell in the lounge.

They really are more than entire meals. Rarely do the guests that order these burgers ever order any other side dish. They do order a beverage or two, however. Beer sales are good! ;-)

And of course, even though this is a large hamburger, it is certainly not one that competes for the world’s largest. The current record is 123 pounds!

I don't participate in the "burger wars for size" that seem to be a rage periodically in the U.S. I like to focus on quality, instead.

The so-called Belly Buster is one the guests seem to enjoy, especially with a cool beverage. :-)

Hot Belly Buster Burger

Real Restaurant Hamburger Recipe

Preparation time: 10 minutes. Makes 8 burgers, 1/2 pound each!



  • 4 pounds ground chuck
  • 5 fresh jalapeno peppers
  • 8 pieces of bacon, cooked (optional)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup Heinz 57 steak sauce
  • 1/4 cup minced white onion
  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco™ or your favorite hot pepper sauce
  • 1 pinch dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 cup Fritos® corn chips, crushed
  • 8 large hamburger buns
  • 8 slices cheddar or pepperjack cheese (or your favorite)
  • Lettuce
  • Sliced tomato
  • Sliced onion
  • Salt and pepper to taste



  • Preheat a grill to high heat
  • When the grill is ready, roast the jalapeno peppers until blackened on all sides
  • Place the peppers in a plastic bag to sweat and loosen the blackened skin
  • Rub the skin off the peppers (use disposable latex gloves)  then seed and dice (leaving seeds will increase the "heat" a lot)
  • In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, salt, diced jalapeno peppers, egg, steak sauce, onion, hot pepper sauce, oregano, Worcestershire sauce, garlic salt and Fritos®
  • Divide meat mixture into 8 balls and flatten into patties
  • Grill patties for 10 to 15 minutes, turning once (burgers are done at 160 degrees F)
  • Butter the hamburger buns and either place on grill or warm in oven
  • Remove hamburger buns and dress with lettuce, sliced tomato and sliced onion
  • Top each burger just before removing from grill with a slice of cheddar or pepperjack cheese (or your favorite) and bacon (if using). Allow the cheese to melt slightly
  • Remove each of the burgers from the grill and place on buns

                      (15 pound burger. Hope he is expecting company!)

Enjoy your Hot Belly Buster Burger Recipe and the company of those you share it with!


Did you know? The origin of the hamburger (around 1900) is widely disputed but we do know that in 1920, the White Castle restaurant chain marketed and sold large numbers of small 2.5-inch square hamburgers, known as “sliders.”