Jalapeno Poppers grilled with ground wild game meat and cheese
Jennifer Danella

Wild Game Recipe: Cheesey Wildgameburger Jalapeño Poppers

You're going to love how easy and delicious these Cheesey Wildgameburger Jalapeño Poppers are! It's my take on a must-have classic in any wild game cookbook, and it adds a ground hamburger feel to the whole bacon-wrapped-and-grilled phenomenon that's taken over by so many at home chefs. There's just something about the way melted cream cheese mixes with ground wild game, in this case bear meat, and then gets wrapped in the salty, savory goodness of bacon that makes my mouth water. When you need a grilling idea for a crowd and everyone's hungry, try these Cheesey Wildgameburger Jalapeño Poppers and they won't disappoint.

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Cheesey Wildgameburger Jalapeño Poppers Ingredients:

  • 6 jalapeno peppers cut in half (length wise), seeds and veins removed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 pound ground bear meat, or other wild game meat
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 bacon slices, cut in half
  • 1/3 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Cheesey Wildgameburger Jalapeño Poppers Recipe Directions

1. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat or 400°F for pellet grills.

2. Slice the jalapeño peppers in half lengthwise and core out the innards.

3. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet on medium high heat. Add in ground meat and cook until meat is no longer pink, 6-8 minutes.

4. Add in Worcestershire sauce, minced garlic, and seasonings. Cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring often. Remove it from the heat and allow it to cool.

5. Mix the cream cheese and the cheddar cheese with the cooked meat. Stir it until it's evenly mixed.

6. Fill jalapeños with the cheeseburger filling. Wrap with a half bacon slice.

7. Place on the grill for for 20-25 minutes until the jalapeños are tender and the bacon is crisp.

Yield: 12 poppers