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Southwestern Turkey Burgers


This burgers get their kick and flavor from incorporating jalapeno, Monterey Jack, breadcrumbs, and mayonnaise right into the patty.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, July/August 2006


  • 1 1/2 pounds ground dark meat turkey (93% lean)
  • 1 jalapeno 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: Fresh Tomato Salsa, sliced avocado, sliced pickled jalapeno chiles


  1. Heat grill to medium-high. In a medium bowl, place turkey, jalapeno, 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.

Cook's Notes

To prevent burgers from sticking to the grill, wait until they form a crust before moving them.

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  • chattykathy.65
    6 MAR, 2017
    Please remove the ads grocery list from the middle of the recipe. It forces you to print the recipe on 2 pages wasting lots of ink & paper. You should offer formats for printing like other sites, such as on recipe cards or different sizes, whether we want to print the picture etc. Love the site but irritating to print out recipes!
  • LunaThings
    25 FEB, 2013
    These were absolutely delicious! And so simple to make.
  • mwoloszyn
    7 OCT, 2011
    Wow - best turkey burger I've had! It stayed so moist and it had great flavor. We toasted the buns on the top rack of the grill and our toppings were a little salsa, avocado slices, and onion. They were wonderful - highly recommended!
  • CathyM2011
    7 SEP, 2011
    Oh my goodness, these burgers are soooo good!! I just made these tonight for supper and they were a HUGE hit with my family! I made them just like Martha said and they came out delicious!! Will definitely be making these again!! Thank you Martha for such a wonderful recipe!!