Spicy Turkey Burgers

burgerI always buy ground turkey when I go to the store.  It’s inexpensive, low fat and versatile, which comes in mighty handy when I get home from work and have no idea what to make for dinner.  My fall backs are meatballs (with spinach and parm, yum), chili (though it has to be cool), and turkey burgers. 

Many, many variations of turkey burgers have come out of my kitchen.  Curry turkey burgers, Thai turkey burgers, spinach turkey burgers.  But as with most things, the Southwestern flavored one seem to be my favorite.  I’m predictable.   Bonus recipe for oven fries!

Southwestern Turkey Burgers

  • 1 package 99% lean ground turkey (usually a lb or a little over)
  • 1/2 a small onion, finely diced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced (leave in some seeds if you like more spice)
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely diced
  • 1 handful of cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Heat a small amount of oil in a pan, and saute the onion, jalapeno and garlic until just softened, 3-5 minutes.  Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.  Once cooled, combine this mixture with the turkey, cilantro, egg and spices.  You will probably want to use your hands to get a good consistency!  Form into 4 equal patties, and cook on a grill pan coated with nonstick cooking spray.   Remember, unlike ground beef, ground turkey must be cooked completely…depending on the heat of your grill, that should take about 6 minutes per side.   I served these on wheat buns, with a little chipotle sour cream, arugula and melted cheddar.  They would also be great with salsa, bbq sauce, tomato, etc. 

Basic Oven Fries

  • 2 baking potatoes
  • 2 tb olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • Optional:  a sprinkle of chili powder and garlic powder for a Southwestern kick

Preheat oven to 425.  Cut potatoes in thick slices lengthwise.  Cut each slice into 5-6 fries, depending on size of potato.  Coat with olive oil and spices. Arrange potatoes on a wire rack over a baking sheet (this allows the fries to get crispy on all sides…if you dont have a wire rack, put them right on the baking sheet and flip half way through the cooking process).  Cook for 15-20 minutes.  Serve with the turkey burgers.



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