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 : Paleo, Whole 30 and Keto!

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.

Don’t these Jalapeño Turkey Burgers look amazing?! Top them with guacamole, pico de gallo and poached egg and serve with a side of sweet potato fries for an amazing Paleo dinner! #whole30 #paleo

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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Don’t these Jalapeño Turkey Burgers look amazing?! Top them with guacamole, pico de gallo and poached egg and serve with a side of sweet potato fries for an amazing Paleo dinner! #whole30 #paleo

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!

Don’t these Jalapeño Turkey Burgers look amazing?! Top them with guacamole, pico de gallo and poached egg and serve with a side of sweet potato fries for an amazing Paleo dinner! #whole30 #paleo

Don’t these Jalapeño Turkey Burgers look amazing?! Top them with guacamole, pico de gallo and poached egg and serve with a side of sweet potato fries for an amazing Paleo dinner! #whole30 #paleo

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!

Don’t these Jalapeño Turkey Burgers look amazing?! Top them with guacamole, pico de gallo and poached egg and serve with a side of sweet potato fries for an amazing Paleo dinner! #whole30 #paleo

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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!

5 from 2 votes
Don’t these Jalapeño Turkey Burgers look amazing?! Top them with guacamole, pico de gallo and poached egg and serve with a side of sweet potato fries for an amazing Paleo dinner! #whole30 #paleo
Jalapeño Turkey Burgers!
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins

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.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy dinner recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
  • 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
  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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123 thoughts on “Jalapeño Turkey Burgers!

  1. 5 stars
    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. 5 stars
    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. 5 stars
    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.

      • 1 star
        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. 5 stars
    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. 3 stars
    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. 5 stars
    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. 5 stars
    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. 3 stars
    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. 5 stars
    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.

  20. 5 stars
    Just made these for dinner! My husband hates eating healthy but this meal has so much flavor he didn’t even complain about not having a bun and all the other unhealthy nonsense. Absolutely delicious and easy. We will definitely be making this again!

  21. 5 stars
    These are amazing. Easy and flavorful… perfect combo. Have made them a dozen times and it’s one of those dishes that never disappoint.

  22. 5 stars
    Making these for my 3rd time tonight. I absolutely LOVE this recipe! I like to add a little extra guacamole and make my egg yolk runny so it is extra messy – this way you would never even miss a hamburger bun. Whole30 WholeYummy!

  23. 5 stars
    This was really good. I didn’t have any shallots, so I used about 2 tbs minced onion and a clove of garlic. I also used lemon zest instead of lime because I won’t have limes for another month. I am usually a wimp when it comes to spicy food, so I only used half a jalapeno, but next time I’ll use more. I doubled the recipe because I had 2 pounds of ground chicken for 2 people. All but the first 4 are going in the freezer raw to make later

  24. 5 stars
    So I just wanted to say that I made these today for my wife and my two boys. I love foods that have heat to them as long as they are tasty and this recipe did not disappoint. One item that I wanted to mention is that I used Jalepeno peppers from a jar, Nacho or pickled Jalepeno’s. I used the same amount the recipe calls for and minced them into the dish. Fantastic, the meat was very tasty, my wife made her own Pico de Gallo, and everything blended very well. Highly recommend putting the egg on top, it really adds that nice touch. Great recipe!!!!!

  25. I made these tonight! They were delicious! I added a diced red onion and diced up a 1/4 cup of jalepenos. I used half the cilantro amount because my husband isn’t a big herb guy. I made a whole30 approved chipotle ranch sauce to top it. I sautéed red onion in the turkey juices to add to it. Wrapped it in iceberg lettuce topped off with tomatoes and avocado. It was delicious. Made it with a side of potato fries! I also doubled the recipe so we would have leftovers. I only like cooking every other day..Lots of flavor and I wouldn’t recommend it for children. I made plain turkey burgers for the kiddos. Overall I added it to my recipe book and it’s a keeper! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    • Hi Mel, I am glad you liked it! It depends on the kids of course, but my grandkids LOVE this recipe. With the exception of one, they are big fans of Thai chili paste, sriracha, and jalapenos! Pretty much all things spicy:)

  26. 5 stars
    I love this recipe. I make it all the time with the poached egg and pico. I didn’t have fresh jalapeños last time so I towel dried some Hot Giardinera, roughly chopped and mixed into the turkey. It was fantastic!

  27. 5 stars
    Delicious! I have never cooked with ground turkey so I didn’t know what to expect. I pinned the recipe because we are doing Whole30. This was so easy to put together and extremely flavorful. I printed the recipe and added it to my everyday recipe binder. SO GOOD!

  28. 5 stars
    My bff and I made these for our girls night in- loved them! Delicious and easy to make. Thank you for such a great recipe that will sure to become a staple in out dinner-dates to come!

  29. What would you say cooking instructions would be if I wanted to bake these in the oven instead of pan-frying with oil?

    Also, do you have nutritional information for these?


    • Hi Laura, I have never baked them. I would miss that caramelized exterior too much! But my guess would be around 15-20 minutes at 400 degrees. But that’s a guess. And sorry, I don’t have the nutritional info on this recipe:)

  30. 5 stars
    AMAZING. If I had enough ingredients left I would have made this 2 nights in a row, and my husband agrees. This will be a staple in my house until the end of time. THANK YOU

  31. 5 stars
    My absolute GO TO RECIPE for turkey burgers!!! We eat these weekly lol, I love mine on a bed of greens with a big side of guac. thank you!!

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