Southwestern Turkey Burgers


Ground turkey is pretty much a staple in my house. It’s so healthy, easy to cook and takes any kind of seasoning you throw at it. Today we’re going southwestern style with a chipotle avocado spread, chili spiced turkey burgers, caramelized onions and charred peppers. This burger is a perfect goodbye to summer or the perfect way to welcome football Sundays. You choose.


Southwestern Turkey Burgers
Recipe type: Entree
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Serves: 4

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 large Spanish onion, sliced
  • 1 lb ground turkey breast
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 avocado, minced
  • ½ teaspoon chipotle in adobo
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • Salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 whole wheat hamburger buns
  • 1 cup packed baby arugula

  1. In a large non-stick pan, add butter and sliced onions. Cook over medium-low heat until onions are soft and golden brown.
  2. In a large bowl, add ground turkey, chili powder, smoked paprika, garlic powder and salt and pepper to taste. Mix meat to evenly disperse spices. Form meat into 4 equal sized patties.
  3. In a large pan, add olive oil over medium heat. Add burger patties and cook until golden brown on both sides and just cooked through, 10-12 minutes. Remove patties from pan and keep warm on a dish covered with aluminum foil.
  4. In the same pan you cooked the burgers, add red and yellow peppers. Cook over medium-high heat until charred and slightly softened, 2-3 minutes. Set aside.
  5. In a small bowl, mash together avocado, chipotle and lime into a spread. Taste and add salt, if needed.
  6. To build burger –> spread avocado mixture on each side of the bun. Top bottom bun with arugula, then the burger, then caramelized onions and charred peppers.

7 Responses to Southwestern Turkey Burgers

  1. Ground turkey is a staple in my house, too, and this burger looks so good! All those spices and peppers…I’d love this for game day or any day!

  2. This burger looks so delicious!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  3. Ashley says:

    You had me at “chipotle avocado spread.” YUM. :)


  4. Jules says:

    Those look so freakin’ good. I’m obsessed with turkey burgers. Make them all the time but mine are so boring. Def going to bookmark this and use it!

    Jules of Canines & Couture

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