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Jalapeño Turkey Burgers with Basil Mayo

A flavorful burger with even more flavorful toppings!

Course Main Course
Keyword #bbq, #burger, #easy dinner
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Author Linda Spiker


The Burgers:

  • 3/4 pound 85% lean ground turkey. If your ground turkey has excess liquid, be sure to set on paper towels to remove the juices.
  • 1 tablespoon minced jalapeño
  • 3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

The Toppings:

  • 1/3 cup good quality mayo
  • 2 teaspoons white balsamic (or sherry vinegar)
  • 3 basil leaves, chopped
  • 2 buns (or iceberg lettuce for wrap)
  • 2 slices white cheddar cheese
  • 4 tomato slices
  • baby or iceberg lettuce



  1. You can use a pan on the cooktop or a grill to cook these burgers. If using a grill to cook burgers, clean, spray and preheat to 400 degrees

  2. Place turkey in a bowl, add spices and minced jalapeño. Mix with hands until well combined, form into two patties and set aside

  3. Whisk together mayo, vinegar and chopped basil, set aside

  4. Slice tomatoes

  5. If using a grill place burgers on grill cooking for 12 minutes (or until cooked through) flipping halfway through cooking time. If using a grill pan on the cooktop, heat grill pan on medium high heat. When pan is hot add a little olive oil and cook burgers for 12 minutes, flipping halfway through cooking time. Make sure burgers are cooked through.

  6. When burgers are done add cheese until melted, then place lettuce and tomato on bottom bun, add burger and top with basil mayo and top bun. Of course you can also wrap in lettuce if going protein style:)