Friday, January 8, 2010

Chili Turkey Burgers

We love turkey burgers. That much should be clear by now. But turkey burgers aren't like beef burgers - where the heart of the burger is the flavor of the beef. Turkey burgers need... help, a boost.

This recipe packs a wonderful smokey heat from the chipotle peppers, chili powder and cayenne. The cilantro, red onion, and cheddar cheese complement they smokey flavors quite well. So well, in fact, that I decided to skip any of the burger toppings suggested in the original recipe. These are definitely a favorite in our house and I can't wait to make them again!

Chili Turkey Burgers
Source: Adapted from George Stella
Serves 4
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1/3 cup shredded sharp Cheddar
  • 2 dried chipotle peppers, reconstituted by steeping in boiling water until soft (5-10 minutes), chopped
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/3 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • pinch black pepper
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 large egg white, whisked
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
Mix all the ingredients together with your hands, in a bowl. Divide the meat mixture into 4 equal-sized patties.
Heat the a large skillet over medium-high heat, spray with cooking spray or olive oil.  Cook the burgers, turning once, until lightly browned and cooked through, about 7 minutes per side.(A instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of the thickest burger should read at least 165 degrees F.)  Serve on whole wheat buns.


  1. Ooh, I love all the different flavors in this! Two types of pepper, cilantro, sharp cheddar, chipotle peppers, chili powder...this is going to be my next turkey burger. Did you have to do anything to keep it from being too dry? That's a problem I've had in the past with turkey burgers.

  2. DailyChef- Just make sure not to overcook them (I sometimes do, with burgers). They are fabulous!

  3. This sounds delish! I will have to put it on my menu next week :) Great blog!

    ~ Shay
    Blissfully Chaotic