Spicy Bacon Kraut Burger

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Lean ground beef, smoky bacon, spicy jalapeño, sauerkraut and mozzarella cheese make up this delicious burger – think Jalapeño Popper meets Sauerkraut Burger, EPIC!

Spicy Bacon Kraut Burger

This is one of the best burgers we have ever sank our teeth into.  The idea came to me when my son started bringing in jalapeños in from his garden.  Typically I make a whole bunch of them into jalapeño poppers.  You know the ones – jalapeños stuffed with cream cheese, wrapped in bacon and grilled to perfection?  But, I had a hankering for something more.  Remember those Kraut Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Brats I shared a couple of weeks back?  I was thinking of making those again, but I didn’t have any brats.  So I thought, what about a burger?  And just like that, this epic Spicy Jalapeño Burger was born!

This post is sponsored by Frank’s Kraut, but my opinions and love of their delicious sauerkraut go way back to my childhood.  

Spicy Bacon Kraut Burger --Lean ground beef, bacon, jalapeño, and mozzarella cheese. Think Jalapeño Popper meats Kraut Burger! YUM!

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This particular night, my son and his girlfriend were over.  We just had some nice weather settle in and it was perfect for patio sitting.  It’s been super hot, and we got a little break.  We settled in and he fired up the grill.  These wouldn’t be boring burgers … no chance!! I mean, who wants a boring burger anyway?? I mean, sure, we have regular ‘ol burgers like everyone else … but when I make something a little “off the wall” they are always well received.  Like my Italian Burgers I made this summer,  these Green Chile Mushroom Burgers with Monterey Jack Cheese Sauce or these yummy Western Burgers!  Of course, if I didn’t mention these other two burgers I have done for Frank’s in the past, I wouldn’t be a good friend.

Brat Burgers

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Perfectly seasoned, flavorful BRAT BURGERS — looks like a burger, tastes like a bratwurst! Top it with a mound of sauerkraut, and grab yourself a cold one. Perfect for Oktoberfest, tailgating, or just any ‘ol time!

Reuben Burger

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Back to these Spicy Bacon Kraut Burgers … They were super easy to make, just required a little prep.  It wasn’t necessary to even really dress them up, unless you wanted to, they had so much flavor all on their own.

What you’ll need to make these Spicy Bacon Kraut Burgers:

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 jalapeños, minced
  • 1/2 cup Frank’s Kraut, drained
  • 8 slices of thick cut bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 4 slices Mozarella cheese
  • 4 Brioche buns

Spicy Bacon Kraut Burger

Combine all of the ingredients, less the cheese and the buns and form 4 nice sized patties.  I always make sure my patties are bigger than my buns because they will shrink.  The more fat in your ground beef, the more they will shrink, too.

Spicy Bacon Kraut Burger

Pop them on the grill and grill them up to your liking.

Spicy Bacon Kraut Burger

When they are done, melt a piece of cheese over the top and place them on the bun.

Spicy Bacon Kraut Burger

Of course, no judgement if you add a little more kraut to the top. (wink-wink)  Enjoy!!

Sauerkraut has been around for ages.  The benefits of it’s nutrition are astounding! Many actors, supermodels, athletes and celebrity chefs have incorporated sauerkraut into their daily diets.  Sauerkraut is a known immune booster, cancer fighter and aids in digestion.  There are literally thousands of ways to use it.  I, myself have used it in soups, salads. appetizers and even chocolate cake!  Take a peek at ALL of the Frank’s Sauerkraut recipes right here on my blog, and so many more over on Frank’s website, and on all of their social medias: FacebookTwitterPinterest and Instagram.

Spicy Bacon Kraut Burger

Hungry yet?  Let’s make some Spicy Bacon Kraut Burgers! 

Love Sauerkraut? Everything you always wanted to know about Kraut! Where it comes from, how it’s made and tons of Sauerkraut recipes in this Ultimate Guide to Sauerkraut. 

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Spicy Bacon Kraut Burger

Lean ground beef, smoky bacon, spicy jalapeño, and mozzarella cheese make up this epic burger - think Jalapeño Popper meets Sauerkraut Burger!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Spicy Bacon Kraut Burger
Servings: 4 burgers
Calories: 925kcal
Author: Michaela Kenkel


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup Frank's Kraut
  • 8 slices thick bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 2 jalapeños minced
  • 4 slices Mozzarella cheese
  • 4 Brioche buns


  • Combine ground beef, kraut, jalapeños and bacon. Form into 4 patties. Place on grill. Grill 5 minutes on one side, flip, five minutes on the other. Check for doneness. Add a slice of cheese until it melts and place on bun.


We used two jalapeños in our burgers. Please adjust the amount based on how hot you want them to be. Leaving the veins and the seeds in the pepper will add to the hotness. Adjust according to your taste.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 925kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 60g | Fat: 59g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 26g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 293mg | Sodium: 1462mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g


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  1. Perfect Oktoberfest recipe! I can’t wait to try this recipe on my German friends! A friend of ours just made his own kraut, too. I’ll be sending this recipe to him. Thank you!

  2. What a sneaky way to include the super healthy kraut in a burger. Thank you for inspiring me. I love sauerkraut, my hubby unfortunately not…but I think he would love these burgers…as long as nobody tells him the truth;)

  3. Yum Michaela! I already know I’m a fan of all of the ingredients in this recipe, but I don’t think I ever thought of putting sauerkraut on a burger. Would love to try it sometime…just pinned. Thanks for the great idea!

  4. Adding the kraut right inside the burger is such a great idea…. no losing any once its on my plate like when I just top them! SO so excited to make these!

  5. I love seeing all of your kraut combinations! One of my first jobs was at a sauerkraut plant in Oregon and I still LOVE kraut! This burger will be delicious, I can’t wait to try it!

  6. Adding the kraut into the burger patty is such a great idea! Why didn’t I think of that? I love everything about this burger! Looks so delicious!!

  7. This burger looks so good. I haven’t had kraut on a burger in ages, usually only hotdogs. Cannot wait to try making this at home. Thank you for sharing!

  8. My local meat market makes their own patties in any way. I always get 85/15 and 1/3 pound patties. I sauted the jalapenos and kraut for 1-2 minutes, and just cooked bacon in strips, then topped the burger than put cheese on, they were very good, toasted buns as well.

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