I’m preempting my scheduled post for these turkey burgers because my husband and I liked them so much. It’s been raining buckets here in northern California and I’m prone to feeling melancholy during the rainy season. My way of counteracting the wet weather blues was to use the grill, rain and all.
And you know what? Having a summertime-inspired dinner helped to lift the gray clouds, figuratively speaking. Nothing is easier than a burger when you want a grilled meal. However, I wanted to enjoy one without the guilt I often have after consuming a beef burger so I used ground turkey instead. I knew I would have to amp up the flavor with some add-ins so into the meat mixture went some chives, pickled red peppers, grated pepper jack cheese, red onions, ground cumin and chili powder.
These burgers were flavorful and wonderfully juicy. Not one ingredient overpowered the others; instead, they all worked together to give beef burgers a run for their money. I highly recommend preparing these with sliced avocado, tomatoes, red onions and slice pepper jack cheese. My burger craving was satisfied and I’m not feeling the least bit guilty for eating 1 1/2 giant servings!
I served these with baked sweet potato fries. I tossed them in olive oil, ground cumin, chili powder, granulated garlic, salt and pepper. I baked them in the oven at 450ºF for a few minutes but they still weren’t crispy. If you have a foolproof recipe for baked sweet potato fries, please do share!
Southwestern Turkey Burgers
* Makes 4 large burgers
- 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 teaspoons each ground cumin and chili powder
- 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
- 2 tbsp chopped chives
- 1 tablespoon sweet relish
- 1/4 cup grated pepper jack cheese
- 2 tablespoons pickled red peppers (I use Trader Joe’s Peri Peri peppers in a jar)
- 1/4 cup Panko bread crumbs
- 1/4 cup diced red onion
- 2 pinches kosher salt
- A few turns freshly ground black pepper
- Hamburger buns
- Fixings: Sliced avocado, pepper jack cheese, sliced tomatoes, sliced red onion, mayo, mustard, ketchup
Preheat your grill to 400ºF
Mix the burger ingredients from the ground turkey to the black pepper. Form mixture into 4 large patties.
Grill one side for five minutes, flip and grill second side for 3-5 minutes. Just use this as a guide since all grills work differently. My burgers ended up just fully cooked without losing any juiciness. Prepare the burgers with the fixings and serve with sweet potato fries.