Southwest + turkey burgers = yummers

It’s summer time so that means it’s prime grilling season. In Chicago, we take advantage of every single nice day and for me, that means grilling as often as possible. Good thing my husband is an expert grill master!

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One of my favorite recipes he’s concocted recently is a southwest turkey burger. I don’t eat red meat so turkey burgers, turkey chili and turkey sausage are the norm at our house.

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This recipe is full of flavor and uses the right balance of ingredients to prevent it from becoming dry like many turkey burgers. Between the two of us, this recipe took about an hour and that includes cleaning up as we go, grilling corn on the cob and taking these beautiful pics to share with you!

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Turkey burger ingredients:

1 lb ground turkey
1 large egg
3 tbs ketchup
1 medium shallot / grated
2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 tsp Mesa Rosa Chipotle or Cayenne Pepper
3 cloves minced garlic
2 tbs cilantro chopped
1 lime zested

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. It will be a wet consistency – but trust me, that’s what you want. Bring the bowl over to the grill, hand form burger as best you can, and place on well-oiled medium hot grill. Grill for 5-7 min on first side without messing with it. Before flipping, oil grates again before grilling the opposite side.

Warm pretzel bun on grill.


Optional ingredients / toppings:

Pretzel bun (I prefer to buy from my grocery store deli when possible)

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Chipotle mayo

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp canned chipotle sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon Mesa Rosa Chipotle seasoning

Grated cheddar cheese (can be placed on top after removing burgers from the grill)

Roasted poblano peppers

While grilling burgers, place 2 poblanos on dry grill, roasting on all sides until char is built up. Remove from grill, let cool, the peel away char. When cool enough to cut, slice into thin strips to place on finished burger.

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Sliced avocado (when buying an avocado the same day you plan to eat it, it should be slightly soft)

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Red onion (1/2) thinly sliced (we use a mandolin)

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That’s it! Let me know if you have any questions. I hope you try it out – and enjoy!!

xo – Kate

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