Three Easy Grilled Jalapeno Poppers: One of my favorite quick grilling appetizers for parties is jalapenos poppers. These are three of my favorite versions that'll be on my grill many times this summer. | macheesmo.com
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Three Easy Grilled Jalapeño Poppers

We are entering grilling season and I don’t know about you but I’m excited! One of my favorite things is to have small, impromptu backyard parties with a few neighbors or friends and feed them some great food.

One of my tricks for easy entertaining is having a great grill and also having a few quick appetizers to toss on said grill that can be prepped in a few minutes and ready to eat in a few more!

I was recently sent the newest Char-Broil Commercial™ 4 Burner Gas Grill and I must say that I couldn’t be happier with it.

The Grill

WHOA.

I have a lot of things to say about this grill, having used it for a few weeks now. But first, let me just say that it’s a engineering marvel just how the thing is delivered if you order it online. It shows up on your door in a single box! Okay… it’s a heavy box, but one box!

I found the assembly to be pretty straightforward but my advice would be to get some help from a friend as some of the pieces are pretty heavy. It took me about 4 hours to put it together by myself over a casual morning, but I think I could’ve done it in two if I had a helper. (Of course, you can also most likely get help assembling it from a vendor that sells it.)

This sucker is far and away the most professional gas grill I’ve ever seen and has a million features that make it a great investment if you’re a griller. The most important part is probably the infrared grates that provide completely even heat across the grill and make it almost  impossible to have a flare-up (very important if  you are making cheese-stuffed, bacon-wrapped jalapeños)!

But some of my favorite features on the grill are the small things that they completely nailed. I love that the gas connector has an actually accurate gauge on it. I love that the grill comes with its own custom grate cleaner!

Oh… and I love this cast iron side griddle. It’s a thing of beauty.

Griddle love.

If you are in the market for a new professional grade grill, please do check out this Char-Broil model. I’ve been blown away with it and it’ll be a feature in my backyard for years to come.

Okay. Enough gushing! Let’s talk poppers.

Popper #1: Bacon Cheddar Popper

These are my standard grilled jalapeño popper and you just can’t go wrong with them. Leave the stems on so the filling doesn’t pour out and stuff them with grated sharp cheddar. Wrap them tightly with bacon.

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6 poppers
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Bacon Cheddar Jalapeño Poppers

Jalapeño Poppers stuffed with sharp cheddar and wrapped in bacon!

Ingredients

6 large jalapeños, halved and seeded
6 strips bacon (not thick cut)
4 ounces cheddar cheese, grated
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Directions

  1. Half jalapeños but leave the stems on. Clean out seeds as well as possible.
  2. Stuff each jalapeños with grated cheese (amount might vary based on size).
  3. Sandwich jalapeños back together and wrap very tightly with a piece of bacon.
  4. Repeat with all jalapeños. Then grill jalapeño poppers for 12-15 minutes over medium heat, flipping occasionally. When the bacon is crispy and browned, they are done!
  5. Let cool for a minute before biting in as the cheese filling will be very hot.

These will need to cook the longest on a medium-hot grill so the bacon cooks and gets crispy. I’d recommend about 12-15 minutes, flipping occasionally. Be careful not to use thick cut bacon as it’ll take too long to get crispy on the grill.

Popper #2: Crispy Prosciutto Popper

These are shockingly delicious. Prep the jalapeños the same way but stuff them with cream cheese instead of cheddar. Wrap them tightly with some prosciutto. The prosciutto is thinner than the bacon and it gets really crispy and cooks faster on the grill.

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6 poppers
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Crispy Prosciutto Jalapeño Poppers

Cream cheese stuffed Jalapeño Poppers wrapped with thin, salty prosciutto.

Ingredients

6 large jalapeños, halved and seeded
6 strips prosciutto
4 ounces cream cheese
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Directions

  1. Half jalapeños but leave the stems on. Clean out seeds as well as possible.
  2. Stuff each jalapeños with cream cheese (amount might vary based on size).
  3. Sandwich jalapeños back together and wrap very tightly with a piece of prosciutto.
  4. Repeat with all jalapeños. Then grill jalapeño poppers for 10-12 minutes over medium heat, flipping occasionally. When the prosciutto is crispy and browned, they are done!
  5. Let cool for a minute before biting in as the cream cheese filling will be very hot.

I thought these were a really nice test for the grill because even heat was very important to make sure the jalapeños cooked through and the prosciutto didn’t burn.

Popper #3: Date and Blue Popper

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12 half poppers
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Date and Blue Jalapeño Poppers

A vegetarian popper that’s the perfect mix of savory and sweet!

Ingredients

6 large jalapeños, halved and seeded
6 dates, pitted and chopped
4 ounces blue cheese
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Directions

  1. Half your jalapeños but leave the stems on. Scrape out seeds.
  2. In a small bowl stir together minced dates with blue cheese.
  3. Stuff cheese and date mixture into the jalapeños.
  4. Grill jalapeños for 6-8 minutes over medium heat until they have grill marks, the peppers are tender with a little snap to them, and the cheese is melted.
  5. Remove peppers and let them cool for 5 minutes before eating.

These guys were a different thing entirely. For starters, they are vegetarian which is a nice twist. They are also a perfect mix of sweet and savory.

The filling in these is very flavorful and I wouldn’t recommend stuffing a full pepper with it. I like to grill them open-faced. They cook fast and be sure to let them cool a bit before biting into them!

My pepper line up looked pretty tasty on the grill!

Three Easy Grilled Jalapeno Poppers: One of my favorite quick grilling appetizers for parties is jalapenos poppers. These are three of my favorite versions that'll be on my grill many times this summer. | macheesmo.com

Welcome to grilling season, team.

Stock up on popper gear and make these happen!

Three Easy Grilled Jalapeno Poppers: One of my favorite quick grilling appetizers for parties is jalapenos poppers. These are three of my favorite versions that'll be on my grill many times this summer. | macheesmo.com

3 comments on “Three Easy Grilled Jalapeño Poppers

  1. Not gonna lie, when you described the features, I was like, oh great, another blogger shilling a $4000 grill no one can afford… and was pleasantly surprised to see the $500 price tag. That’s a totally attainable investment for someone like me. Glad you shared this because the BBQ my parents gave me is on the brink of death and I was thinking I was going to be stuck with a terrible cheapo.

    1. Hey Kiara! Yea… it’s always tough to know what a good price point is but I honestly thought this grill was a fantastic value. I actually didn’t know the price on it until after I had used it for a week or two and thought it would be closer to $1,000 so was also pleasantly surprised! Trade up from that death grill! Ha!

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