Southwestern Turkey Burgers

Serves 4; Prep time: 15 minutes; Total time: 25 minutes

1 1/2 pounds ground dark meat turkey (93% lean)
1 jalapeño chile, minced (ribs and seeds removed for less heat, if desired)
2 ounces grated Monterey Jack cheese (about 1/2 cup)
1/4 cup plain dried breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
Coarse salt and ground pepper
Vegetable oil, for grates
4 hamburger buns, split horizontally
Desired toppings (see below)
1. Heat grill to medium-high. In a medium bowl, place turkey, jalapeño, cheese, breadcrumbs, mayonnaise, 1 teaspoon coarse salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Mix very gently with a fork to combine, being careful not to overwork meat (which would make burgers dense).

2. Gently form meat into 4 equal-size patties, 4 inches in diameter and 1 inch thick. Press thumb in the center of each patty to make an indentation approximately 1/2-inch deep (this helps keep burgers flat during grilling).

3. Moisten a folded paper towel with oil; grasp with tongs and rub over grates. Season burgers with salt and pepper; grill until cooked throughout, 5 to 8 minutes per side. Serve on buns (toasted on grill, if you like), with desired toppings.


  1. Erin said:

    These sound delicious! I will have to try these! I added it to the cookbook… which is coming soon. Send recipes if you have them.

    July 20, 2006
  2. La said:

    :)Linda saw this on the today show so I made her one for lunch- they were moist, tons of flavor and a nice chance from red meat. Try it!

    July 20, 2006

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