Diabetic Cooking

Jalapeño cheeseburgers

Preparation time: 5 minutes. Cooking time: 10 minutes.


  • 2 ounces (4 slices) Sargento Deli-Style Reduced Fat Pepper Jack Cheese
  • 1 pound 85% lean ground beef
  • 4 drops liquid hot pepper sauce
  • 4 whole-grain, light hamburger buns
  • 4 slices tomato
  • 1/4 cup lightly chopped cilantro


Preheat grill. Cut cheese slices into half-inch pieces. In a medium-size bowl, combine cheese, ground beef, and hot pepper sauce, and mix well. Shape meat into four equal patties. Slightly depress center of each patty. Grill burgers approximately 5 minutes on each side until meat is cooked through. Place burger on bottom of hamburger bun, top with 1 slice tomato and a quarter of the chopped cilantro. Add top bun and serve.

Yield: 4 servings.

Serving size: 1 cheeseburger.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Calories: 365 calories, Carbohydrates: 16 g, Protein: 28 g, Fat: 21 g, Saturated Fat: 7 g, Cholesterol: 77 mg, Sodium: 301 mg, Fiber: 2 g

Exchanges per serving: 1 starch, 4 medium-fat meat. Carbohydrate choices: 1.

This recipe was developed by Kathleen Stanley, a diabetes educator at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky.