"H-Bomb" burger.

This is the "H-Bomb" burger. (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times / June 30, 2012)

"My fieriest burger yet! Some people, like me, love spicy burgers. My H-Bomb Burger is a great way to give them just what they want: the H-Bomb with fried serrano chiles, caramelized onions, habanero jack cheese, jalapeno, bacon, tomato, leaf lettuce and slathered with habanero relish and chipotle mayo all on a jalapeno-cheese bun. The devil made me do it!"

— Richard Amiel, Cathedral City

The H-Bomb Burger

Total time: 2 hours, plus at least 24 hours marinating time for the relish and 2 hours chilling time for the burgers.

Servings: 8

Note: From Richard Amiel of Cathedral City. Jalapeño bacon and habanero cheese are available at select gourmet markets, as well as online.


2 pounds ground beef chuck

1 small onion, finely chopped

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon seeded, chopped jalapeño pepper

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

In a large bowl, gently combine the beef chuck with the chopped onion, cilantro, Worcestershire sauce, jalapeño, salt, ground pepper and cayenne pepper. Form the mixture into 8 (half-inch to three-fourths-inch-thick) patties. Place the patties on a baking sheet. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours, up to 1 day.

Habanero relish

8 habanero peppers, finely chopped

8 cloves garlic, minced

4 tomatoes, chopped