Spicy Turkey Burger

Spicy Turkey Burger with Chipotle Avocado Mayonnaise

At the last minute I decided to feature this recipe on my blog. “Turkey Burger….so boring!” I said to
myself. You know the taste of a grilled juicy beef burger is unbeatable. However, ground turkey, red bell pepper and a few onions was the only food left in the house. I know – shame on me – how can I let the refrigerator go empty. Tomorrow is my day to shop at the supermarket. Regardless, I made a decision to cook a turkey burger; the only question was how I can spice it up. I came up with a variety of seasonings as you can see from my recipe below. And boy I can tell you my two boys loved the burger and they didn’t even realize it wasn’t beef.

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Even though burgers are considered junk food, this spicy chipotle turkey burger is a light variety of his “cousin the beef burger”. It doesn’t stay in your stomach for hours due to its low-fat content. Well except for the cheddar cheese. I guess you realized that I used cumin, cardamom and coriander, which is already a part of a good curry powder. If you don’t have cardamom don’t sweat it. However, I just wanted to intensify that flavor and since the spices are not fried they won’t over power the burger.  Give it a try and let me know what you think.

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Spicy Chipotle Turkey Burger
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Recipe type: Entree, Barbecue
Serves: 4
  • Ingredients for Turkey Burger
  • 2 lb ground turkey
  • Salt & Pepper
  • ½ tsp curry
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • 1-2 chopped jalapeno
  • 2-3 dashes Frank's hot sauce
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp cardamom
  • ¼ tsp coriander
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp brown sugar
  • vegetable oil & or PAM® spray
  • Ingredients for Caramelized Onions
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced lengthwise
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2-3 dashes soy sauce
  • Ingredients for Chipotle mayonnaise
  • ½ cup of mayonnaise
  • ¼ tsp chipotle peppers (from can, minced)
  • ½ avocado, mashed
  • --------------------------
  • 4 burger buns, toasted
  • 4 leaves of lettuce
  • 4-6 oz grated cheddar cheese
  1. Incorporate all ingredients thoroughly and divide meat into 4 portions. Form each meat portion to a tennis ball size between your hands. Shaping it like a snowball. Then place the meat ball on a table and flatten it with your hand or a plate. If you have a burger press that's even better, otherwise don't worry. Round up the edges and ready is your burger. Repeat the same with the other meat.
  2. Heat grill pan over high heat. Once the pan is hot spray a little PAM® over it and immediately place the burgers on it. Give the burgers two grill marks from both sides, which should cook them well done. Should you have any thoughts the burger not being cooked enough, place it for another 5 minutes in the hot oven.
  3. While the burgers are cooking sauté onions in a separate pan in olive oil over medium heat. Once onions are translucent add garlic and bell peppers. Keep sautéing until onions start to caramelize. Season with soy sauce, salt and pepper.
  4. Add chipotle peppers, avocados to mayonnaise, whisk until blended and spread over buns.
  5. Place burgers on baking sheet, add caramelized onions and top with cheddar cheese. Bake in hot oven until cheese melts. Remove from baking sheet and serve on burger buns with lettuce. Serve immediately.
As with all recipes, adjust the spiciness of your burger by giving more or less jalapeno or just substitute them with your choice of peppers. The recipe of these spicy turkey burgers is something for hungry people. Each burger weighs 8 oz. So if you're not a big eater cut the portions down to 4-5 oz. If you want to increase the flavor of this burger marinate the meat for a few hours before grilling it. Tip: To give this burger a surprise effect fill it with about 1 oz of pepper Jack cheese. Serve with baked potato filled with sour cream and chives or whatever side dish that makes you happy. Enjoy


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