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Quadruple Chili Cheeseburgers

The burger that bites back. [Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

This is the quadruple chili cheeseburger. The King of Heat. Lesser burgers cower in fear at the faintest whiff of that telltale aroma of charred roasted chilies mingling with pickled jalapeños. They scurry for cover when they catch that shiny glint of melted pepper jack cheese on the horizon. They turn tail and run rather hastily when they come across a trail of dripped chipotle mayo, because they know who is at the other end of it. His Royal Spiciness approaches, and he takes no prisoners. His heat is greater than that of a thousand backyard grills, his beefiness vast as an ocean of cattle.

A thick grilled all-beef patty, two slices of oozy pepper jack cheese, roasted green chilies, pickled jalapeños, and a smear of chipotle mayonnaise. This is the burger that'll eat the other burgers on the grill if you don't watch him carefully while you're grilling him. This is the burger that will bite you if you don't bite first. Heck, it'll bite you back even if you bite first, but that shouldn't stop you from trying to show it who's boss. This is the burger that will haunt your dreams all summer, and this is the burger that will win you lifelong friends or enemies at your next cookout. You have been warned. Proceed with caution.

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