Jalapeño Turkey Burgers!

I had the pleasure of leading a Whole 30 group in January (and will again in March!). It was amazing. And one of the things I love most about Whole 30 is it really makes you into a better cook! When you aren’t eating grains, dairy or legumes, you need to get creative with textures and flavors to keep things interesting and avoid food boredom. This extraordinary Jalapeño Turkey Burger is a perfect example.
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Jalapeño Turkey Burgers! Whole 30/Paleo

The Burger:

I love a burger with a little kick to it and these juicy burgers have one! I use 85% lean ground turkey so the burger has enough fat so that it doesn’t dry out. 

Jalapeño Turkey Burgers!

Don’t these burgers look amazing? I can’t take full credit for them…although I would sure like to. They are a variation of a recipe one of the participants in my Whole 30 group created (thanks Lisa!)  Of course, I had to throw a perfectly poached egg on them. Because that’s how I roll.

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Jalapeño Turkey Burgers!

These Jalapeño Turkey Burgers are easy to make too. Just combine ground turkey, minced jalapeño, cilantro, lime and spices, form into patties and cook in a pan! 

Jalapeño Turkey Burgers!

 

 

Jalapeño Turkey Burgers!

Then top with guacamole, some pico de gallo and if the mood hits you, add a poached egg! Serve with my Rosemary Butternut Squash or Sweet Potato Fries and everybody is happy!

Jalapeño Turkey Burgers!

The Recipe: Jalapeño Turkey Burgers!

Tips, what you will need and what to serve this with: learn to handle hot chili peppers here (trust me, you’ll be glad you did!) Serve with my Rosemary Butternut Squash or Sweet Potato Fries! Learn to poach the perfect egg here. This recipe is Whole 30 and Paleo compliant. Top with my guacamole and Pico de Gallo!

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Jalapeño Turkey Burgers!

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground turkey (I prefer 85% lean, it has more fat which makes for a better burger!) If your ground turkey has excess liquid, be sure to set on paper towels to remove the juices.
  • 1/2-3/4 of one jalapeño pepper, minced(I like it hot so I use 3/4)
  • 1 medium size shallot, peeled and minced
  • zest and of one lime, and 2 teaspoon lime juice
  • 2 Tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 a teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • guacamole
  • pico de gallo
  • poached egg (optional)

Instructions

  1. Note: The ground turkey I buy is the consistency of hamburger. If yours seems to have extra liquid, set on paper towels to drain juices.
  2. Place turkey, herbs, spices and lime in bowl and use hands to mix well.
  3. Form into four patties.
  4. Place pan on medium heat.
  5. Add olive oil to bottom of pan.
  6. When pan is hot, place patties in pan and cook for about 5 minutes each side or until cooked through.
  7. Top with guacamole, pico de gallo and poached egg if desired!

 

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91 thoughts on “Jalapeño Turkey Burgers!

  1. This is such a yummy post! I am seriously hungry now and it looks absolutely so wholesome. I wouldn’t feel guilty one bit! You did a great job with the formatting, content and images. So pro!

  2. This looks absolutely amazing. I am drooling looking at the pictures! I haven’t done Whole 30 personally, but I have talked with several friends who have done it and love it. These recipes are an awesome way for people to not be intimidated by the idea of it – the food looks amazing, not weird, and it gets me thinking that I might actually be able to try Whole 30.

    Thank you for posting this recipe and the info! It looks awesome!

  3. These look so incredible, and not too hard to throw together either. I would definitely have the egg on top too! Yum. The Whole 30 is so good for encouraging you to get back to real, unprocessed, simple foods isn’t it 🙂

  4. Oh. My. Goodness. These are the best! I don’t like *spicy* things, but anything with a subtle jalapeño flavor has been my craving this pregnancy. I used half of a jalapeño and they were perfect!

  5. YUMMM! We made these tonight, including the fried eggs on top (we did overeasy). They were SO good over a nice arugula salad. I did 1 whole jalapeno because mine were a little on the old side and were probably not as potent. Absolutely delicious, never would have thought of the egg idea- such a nice touch! Thanks so much for sharing, I always love a good healthy recipe!

  6. Made these for dinner last night and they were delicious! Only modification I would make is to cut down on the salt!

  7. Loved the flavor of this but my burgers fell apart. Had to make them into tacos. What’s the trick to keeping a turkey patty together?

    • I have never had a problem! It sticks together exactly like a beef burger. No one I have ever talked to has had that problem either. Was your turkey really mushy? I had chicken burgers fall apart once because the ground chicken was really soggy, but the turkey has always worked like a dream.

      • When making burgers, I always* add a raw egg to the mixture; it binds the mix together, so it doesn’t end up all over the pan.
        btw: my rating is 5 stars for this recipe, but it doesn’t seem to be showing them all. Hope it gets marked as a 5!

        * OK, I often forget for the first burger…

    • I just had the same problem! I think I had an extra juicy lime. I tried adding some arrowroot starch, but it was too late, next time I’ll add it when I’m mixing to see if they hold up a little better.

      The flavor is amazing!

      • Hmmm! I am so sorry to hear that. Is it possible that your turkey has a lot of liquid? Mine has none. If so setting on paper towels might help. I will add that to the instructions.

  8. This was the most delicious food I ever made all indoors (I mostly work on a Kamado Joe). My wife and I are heat lovers so we used a heaping TBSP of vitamixed Serrano peppers to amp up the heat.

    The poached egg was the clincher.

    I wish I could post a picture because these plated beautifully. Thank you!!!

  9. My guys really enjoyed them. However I added a beaten egg to the turkey mixture before cooking just to ensure that they would not fall apart, it worked. They were great with stuffed jalapeños on the side.

  10. These are super tasty but mine totally fell apart and ended up being ground turkey. I bought the 85% turkey as suggested (I always use 93% and I would do so next time with this recipe). I think the turkey had too many natural juices and adding the lime just turned it to mush. I am going to try it again though because the flavor and kick were great!

  11. Just finished making these!! They are scrumptious!! My husband and 3 boys hate ground turkey but they are loving these! Thank you for the recipe!

  12. Just made these tonight and they were a huge hit! My son doesn’t care for eggs, so I left it off of his, but the rest of us had it with an over easy egg on top. Love that it’s a flexible dish that way. Mine also fell apart, so I may try adding an egg to the turkey mixture next time, or even trying squeezing out the extra liquid before adding the rest of the ingredients. Will definitely be making this one again. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Was pretty good but I thought there was way too much cumin fior the recipe. That’s all I tasted.

    To help with my patties staying together after I formed the patties I put them in the freezer for about 10 minutes. Also I didn’t flip them until they were completely done on the one side.

  14. I make these all the time now! Great recipe. I learned how to poach eggs because of this! Very filling and don’t fall apart, even with 93/7 simple truth ground turkey. 10/10

  15. i honestly thought these would be nothing special but boy was i wrong! these burgers are packed with flavour! i added two cloves of garlic to the mixture (just because i love it) and stayed true to the rest of the recipe. my patties held up just fine, didn’t even come close to falling apart. will definitely be making these again, delicious!

  16. Dang these were phenomenal! I added an egg to the mixture because I forgot to squeeze out the moisture… and added bacon. Wasn’t expecting them to be that great because I’ve never had much luck with turkey burgers but these I will make again!!

  17. I have been making these every other week. They are a huge hit in our household and since they reheat so well, its great for busy weeknight dinners!
    Sometimes I make the mixture into “meatballs” which works fantastic as well.

    My favorite way to eat them: turkey patty (or meatballs) & brown rice bowls with garlicky peas and avocado 🙂

  18. Loved these, in going to make some to freeze for quick dinners (even though it was pretty quick to make fresh). Will definitely be making these again.

  19. I used about 1 lb of fresh ground turkey thigh (which I then froze) to make these burgers. We ate two and I froze the other two. We had them tonight. They were every bit as good as the original two.

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