Request: Pokémon Cinnabar Volcano Burger

Today I am answering the request @blackjackgabbiani put in for a Cinnabar Volcano Burger from Pokémon Soul Silver! More important than its obvious spiciness, I also wanted to replicate lava flow on the burger as well as add in an…unexpected ingredient! To do that, I took chili and nacho-consistency melted cheese and layered them on top of each other. (To keep the burger do-able, I did use a premade chili, but if you have a recipe that you think would go well on burgers, use it!)


  • 1 lb. Ground Beef
  • 4 Hamburger Buns
  • 1 - 2 cups Chili of choice, or to taste
  • ¼ - ½ cup Milk
  • ½ - ¾ cup Cheese, cubed
  • White Onion, sliced as needed
  • 1 large Jalapeño, diced
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 - 2 tbsp. total of the following combination (adjust individual amounts to taste): Salt, Pepper, Paprika, Chili Powder, Cayenne….and just a tiny pinch of Cinnamon!
  • Mayonnaise or Butter, to toast the hamburger buns

Prep Time: 10 - 15 min.  |  Total Cook Time: ~10 - 15 min.

Makes: 4 - 5 burgers


Step 1.) Prep the ingredients: mince the garlic, de-seed and dice the jalapeño, and slice the white onion and set aside. Cube the cheese to be melted.

Step 2.) If you will be using a grill to cook the hamburgers, begin prepping it now. Combine the ground beef, diced jalapeño, garlic, and spices together. Separate the burger meat into 4 parts (5 if you want leaner burgers) and form those parts into a patty about 1/2″ thick and slightly wider than the buns you will be using. 

Step 3.) Begin heating up the chili and the cheese+milk combo each in their own saucepans. For the melted cheese, the amounts listed should work, but feel free to play with the ratio a bit to get it nice and drizzly. Keep both saucepans covered once the cheese completely melts to keep them warm and set them aside.

Step 4.) Grill the burger for 4 - 5 minutes on one side and then flip and cook 3 - 4 minutes on the other side. It is also a very good idea to use a meat thermometer to make sure the interior of the burger has reached 160°F (for food safety reasons.) 

Step 5.) Quickly toast the buns with butter or mayo (seriously, if you want an even toasting mayonnaise is the way to go!) and then construct your burger as so: bun, burger, layer on the chili, drizzle on the cheese, top with onions and the top bun! Enjoy your lava-y goodness!


I’m usually kind of “eh” when it comes to chili, but not only was this fun to make for the visual appeal, it turned out really delicious as well! I used a relatively mild chili, so even with the jalapeño and all the spices in the burger, the chili and cheese balance it out really well. Yes, it was messy and I definitely used a fork and knife to eat it, but I enjoyed it all the same!

:Araquanid” is some A+ naming. I also love how each of its Pokédex entries completely contradicts the other: The Moon Pokédex says that it pulls weak Pokémon into its bubble to care for them, the Sun Pokédex says it does it to drown them.

Saw another one of those anti-French flyers in my area and ripped it right off the telephone pole myself. It felt very cathartic.

A commission that I did for a CSUF club involving Gaming and eSports. Its kind of nice trying out several new eye styles while also trying to capture the character’s original design. 

Haven’t been posting as much due to commissions involving NDA, luckily this one was willing to let me share.