West Allis Cheese and Sausage Shoppe

The Fire Station No.5*

By Chef Kent Rathburn

Servings: 8

The Cheese and Burger Society is proud to add The Fire Station No. 5 to its family of taste bud-teasing cheeseburgers. Created by Chef Kent Rathbun, The Fire Station No.5 is all about turning up the heat. It features Wisconsin Jalapeno Jack Cheese perfectly complemented by chipotle ketchup. Chopped cilantro and fresh jalapeno chiles added to the ground chuck give this cheeseburger that extra bite.

The Fire Station No. 5 Cheese Burger by Chef Kent Rathburn



  • 1 1/2 cup bottled tomato ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice


  • 4 pounds ground chuck (80/20 lean-fat ratio)
  • 1 1/4 cup cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 3 fresh jalapeno chiles, seeded and minced
  • 2 tablespoons cracked black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 4 ounces butter, melted
  • 8 hamburger buns, split and toasted


  • 8 slices Wisconsin Jalapeno Jack Cheese
  • 8 portions leaf lettuce, washed and dried
  • 16 tomato slices
  • 8 onion slices
  • 32 dill pickle slices

Cooking Directions:
Combine and puree all ketchup ingredients in beaker of blender. Set aside. In large bowl, combine burger ingredients, mixing well. Shape into 8 patties, about 1/2-inch thick. Prepare outdoor grill or broiler. Meanwhile, butter the buns on cut sides and toast on hot griddle until golden brown. Grill or broil burgers to desired doneness and place each patty on bun bottom. Top each with a portion of chipotle ketchup, a slice of Wisconsin Jalapeno Jack Cheese, lettuce, 2 tomato slices, an onion slice, 4 dill pickle slices, and bun top.

* Recipes and images courtesy of the WI Milk Marketing Board.