Smokin’ Hot Habanero Burger

A burger with big ol’ bite!

This one’s not for those with moderate spicy food tastes. This habanero burger is over-the-top and smokin‘ hot. It’ll knock your tastebuds to another zip code. There’s so much heat here, and in so many ways, that it’s a must to break it down.

Our habanero burger recipe features fresh habanero peppers, spicy pork sausage, chipotle hot sauce (for the smoke in “smokin'”), hot smoked paprika (even more smoke), and even pickled jalapeño rings for some bold garnish tang. Talk about a flavor explosion of spicy. Give your guests fair warning before serving! And please take care when handling habaneros. Wear kitchen gloves and know how to combat chili burn.

Now if you want to pair this habanero burger with a spicy hot condiment, we have you covered there, too. Our spicy recipe index features a ton of bold toppers. For even more smoke look at this chipotle ketchup. Yup smoke on smoke on smoke is totally a thing with this pairing and we are all-in. For mustard, check out our homemade habanero mustard. It’s bold and tangy. If you’re looking beyond condiments to sides, take a look at our Sriracha fries or chipotle fries as potential pairings.

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Smokin’ Hot Habanero Hamburger

Extra spicy from the grill
3.16 from 13 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Meal
Servings 10 servings
Calories 331 kcal


  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 pound spicy pork sausage
  • 2 habanero peppers diced
  • 1 white onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced or crushed into a paste
  • 1/3 cup chipotle hot sauce Tabasco Chipotle works
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons oregano
  • 2 tablespoons hot smoked paprika or cayenne pepper if not available
  • Pepper Jack cheese optional
  • Pickled jalapeño rings optional, for garnish, lettuce, tomato, pickles, and onion slices


  • In a large mixing bowl add all of the ingredients and stir until fully combined.
  • Form the beef mix into hamburger patties then grill outdoors or on an indoor frying or grilling pan.
  • Top with pepper jack and garnish with pickled jalapeño pepper rings, onions, lettuce, tomato, or pickles (optional).


Caution: Use gloves when handling habanero peppers. They can cause extreme chili burn.


Calories: 331kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 19gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 615mgPotassium: 435mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 780IUVitamin C: 11.2mgCalcium: 48mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Habanero Pepper, Smoked Paprika
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on March 19, 2022 to include new content.
3.16 from 13 votes (13 ratings without comment)
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Ramsey Spicher

What do you do with the habanero peppers and the garlic cloves? According to the instructions, they’re thrown in whole and end up in one of the hamburger patties