Chipotle Turkey Burgers with Southwestern Slaw

These healthy turkey burgers and slaw get a flavor boost from chipotle peppers in adobo sauce.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Author Lemons & Anchovies


  • ***For Southwestern Slaw makes about 1/2 cup dressing***
  • 4 cups chopped cabbage and carrots I used the bagged kind
  • 2 tablespoons mayo
  • 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons adobo sauce from the canned chipotle peppers
  • Chopped chives about 2 tablespoons
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ***For the Turkey Burgers***
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2/3 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped chives
  • 2 tablespoons mayo
  • 1 egg
  • About 1/3 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 chipotle pepper and 2 teaspoons of the adobo sauce not much heat, can add more for more punch, puréed or finely chopped
  • Splash soy sauce about 1 teaspoon
  • salt and pepper
  • Hamburger buns (I used slightly smaller sourdough rolls
  • Fixings: pepper jack cheese tomato slices, avocado slices, red onion, grilled green bell pepper slices (2 for 4 people), mayo, mustard, ketchup


  1. To prepare the slaw, combine the dressing ingredients and toss with the cabbage and carrots. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. To prepare the burgers, preheat your grill to 375 - 400℉. Prepare the patties by combining all the ingredients from the ground turkey to the salt and pepper in a large bowl. This mixture will be good enough for 4 large burgers or 5 smaller ones. Form them into patties and grill for about 5 minutes on each side. If you decide to use the bell peppers, put them on the grill after you flip the burgers to cook on the second side.
  3. Assemble the burgers--I highly recommend serving the slaw on the burger--and serve.