The Frito Pie Burger

in Beef, Burgers & Sliders, Cookouts & Picnics, On the grill, Soup, Stew, and Chili, Texas

Jalapeno Cheddar Hamburger Buns

Aside from the Alamo, the Lone Star, and some binge-watching of Friday Night Lights, there might be nothing in this world that’s more Texas than a Frito Pie Hamburger on a Jalapeno Cheddar or a Shiner Bock bun.

And being from Texas, I can make such a claim 🙂

We spied the Frito Pie Burger on a “fancy” burger menu on a trip to Austin once – completely genius. We usually have Frito Pie Burgers the night after having Frito Pie. It’s the perfect way to use up that little bit of leftover chili we always seem to have. You know the dilemma – it’s too much to throw away but not enough to make another bowl.

Since the burger buns keep so well in the freezer, I always just grate a little extra cheese and slice an extra jalapeno so that burger night only involves grilling the burgers – which is only slightly more work than actually having Frito Pie.

Jalapeno Cheddar Hamburger Buns

Frito Pie Burgers

The Texas specialty on a burger topped with Fritos, chili, and cheddar.


  • 1/3-lb ground beef patties, seasoned and cooked to your preference
  • Burger buns (Jalapeno Cheddar Buns or Shiner Bock bun are solid choices)
  • Fresh jalapeno slices
  • Fritos (Original, not Scoops)
  • Chopped white onion
  • Chili
  • Grated cheddar


  1. Heat the chili to very hot.
  2. Place the burger on the bottom bun and then layer the toppings: Fresh jalapeno slices, a small handful of Fritos, a pinch of chopped white onion, a large spoonful of chili, and a large handful of grated cheddar.
  3. Serve immediately. Possibly with a fork.


Yields: Servings vary

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Estimated time: 20 minutes

18 comments… add one
  • I’m pretty sure my husband wants to live at your house. Like now. That looks sooo good!

  • Sweet baby Jesus…I think I want to live at your house, too!!! These look amazing.

  • These look delicious! I usually only make chili in the fall/winter, but when that rolls around I’ll have to remember this recipe for leftovers!

  • At a BBQ place here in Portland, they serve up a mean Frito pie. We have to order one every time we go, sometimes as an appetizer, sometimes as a dessert [it’s a pie!]. It happened last night even! So now this. What a brilliant idea!

  • Fun idea! And super perfect use of leftover frito pie.

  • This is the better than sex burger right? OMG!!!!!!! Sounds utterly sinful.

  • drooling majorly! I love chips in a sandwich, and this is the ultimate chip + sandwich combo 🙂

    • Doritos + avocado + white bread smooshed together in sandwich form used to get me the weirdest looks in high school!

  • That frito pie burger looks so good! Great idea!

  • Those look crazy good!

  • Debra

    That photo, oh that photo, I almost passed out from the pleasure of it…then the drool almost ruined my shirt…good grief, that is sin in a photo…WOW!

    • Thanks Debra 🙂 It’s my favorite food picture that I’ve ever taken!

  • Spicy man burger! I can’t stop staring at the cheese and fritos lol. I think I need a bag now.

  • This might be the best burger I’ve ever come across. And I’m so determined to finish the entire burger when I make this! 🙂

  • Amanda

    Oh, WOW! Don’t let my husband see this! Looks fabulous, as always. 🙂

  • Denise

    This sounds totally Texas! It makes this FL girl want to go back to my home state.

  • Looks like the best burger ever!

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