Chipotle Turkey Burgers

Let me just start by saying that I have a new love in my life. I found a new grocery store today, and I think I’m smitten. This store is amazing. It’s called The Fresh Market, and the name says it all. As soon as I walked into the store, I knew we were meant to be. This store has everything. Fresh, crisp produce, succulent meats, gourmet cheese, rich coffee beans by the barrel full, and my new favorite granola. I picked up two bags of Erin Baker’s granola, one of them being their peanut butter granola. I opened the peanut butter granola today and have been munching on it ever since. It’s good stuff! I highly recommend it. Plus, it’s healthy, so I don’t have to feel bad about eating it.

Oh, I almost forgot, I made turkey burgers topped with this guacamole. Yum!  They’re good stuff, too. I love turkey burgers. I know they don’t get a lot of recognition, but they should. I know, I know, beef is better. I agree. I love beef burgers, and I won’t be giving them up any time soon, but turkey burgers need love too. I think you’re going to love this particular turkey burger recipe. They’re packed with tons of flavor and topped with homemade guacamole.

I think the misconception with turkey burgers is that they’re dry. Whoa! Let’s stop right there. Turkey burgers are not dry. They’re moist and juicy, just like a beef burger. I had juice running down my hands and onto my wrist as I was eating this giant last night.

Jalapeños, red pepper, red onion, and garlic get sautéed together and added to the ground turkey meat. Talk about flavor, but that’s not all. I proceeded to add chipotle in adobo, cayenne, cumin, coriander, chili powder, cayenne pepper, worcestershire sauce, and a few splashes of tobasco. Now, that’s a train to flavor town. To top it all off, I added a handful of grated cheese to the ground meat mixture. Yup, right on in it went. The cheese assists with the juiciness of the burger. Are you willing to try a turkey burger yet?

Add some sliced tomato, lettuce, and a generous helping of guacamole, and you’ve got yourself a killer turkey burger. Who knows, you may never go back to the beef burger again. I went to far, didn’t I?

Happy eating,



1 lb. ground turkey

2 1/2 tbs. chipotle in adobo

1 jalapeño, seeded and diced

1/2 cup red onion, diced

1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced

2 garlic cloves, diced

1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper

1 tsp. cumin

1/2 tsp. corriander

1/2 tsp. chili powder

1 tsp. worcestershire sauce

4-5 splashes tabasco

1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar or pepper jack

salt and pepper

1 recipe guacamole

In a medium-sized saute pan, heat 2 tbs. olive oil. Add jalapeño, red pepper, onion, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Saute for 4 minutes, just until the veggies soften slightly. They will cook the rest of the way in the burger. Take off heat and set aside for a few minutes.

In a large bowl, add the ground turkey, chipotle in adobo, cayenne, coriander, cumin, chili powder, worcestershire sauce, tabasco, salt and pepper. Add the veggies and cheese. Mix until combined and patty. I usually get about 6 burgers.

Fire up the grill or heat a cast iron pan. Cook for 4-5 minutes on each side. If your feeling fancy, toast the burger rolls. Top burgers with tomato, lettuce, and a generous amount of guacamole. Enjoy!


31 responses

  1. I’ve been wanting to try a turkey burger for awhile, just didn’t have a good recipe. I tried making salmon burgers awhile back, and while good, thought they were missing somethin’. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  2. Oy. The flavors in this must be INSANE!!!

    I love turkey burgers. The wife, on the other hand, refuses to try them.

    I shall trick her with these. I just won’t tell her what they are. And when she loves them, I’ll be all, “You can thank Jennie. You’re welcome!”

  3. I have a fresh market near my house that I love. I started shopping there a few months ago and now it’s one of my favorite places to shop. Even my husband likes going there, and he hates to shop.

    • I really enjoyed it. They’re name doesn’t lie- everything really is fresh. I hate going into some grocery stores and their produce looks dead. For me, that’s the worst. If I take my husband grocery shopping, we spend way more money.

  4. We JUST got a Fresh Market near my house too! I usually have to drive 45 minute to our nearest whole foods to get fun specialty products so I was sooo excited when it came to my city! I literally just had a turkey burger last night for dinner, wish I would’ve seen your recipe before I made them! Your recipe looks awesome!! Yum!

  5. Oh my gosh, these are delicious Jennie! I made them with the guac and also topped them with lettuce and tomato. Josh could not stop saying “Mmm” the whole time he ate them. His words: “These are blazing!” Which means good. I told him I would thank you for him, so thank you for sharing this yummy recipe. I will definitely be making them again. I think these should be dubbed the man-pleasing turkey burger!

    • Yay, I’m so glad the two of you liked them. I’m also glad Josh liked them enough to deem them “blazing.” I may have to consider renaming them to “blazing, man-pleasing turkey burgers.” Thanks for taking the time to comment on them.

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