Cheddar Jalapeno Turkey Burgers

So, this might sound ridiculously crazy, but I’ve never made a burger from scratch. Feel free to judge me right now, I don’t even blame you. Frankly, I’ve been living the frozen burger life for most of my burger experiences. I’ll normally buy them in the freezer section or pre-made from the meat department from my local supermarket. I’ve seen dozens of Food Network shows and recipes on how to make them, but I’ve never gotten around to it.

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Now, I’m not a huge red meat fan, only because of how I was raised. I don’t consider myself vegetarian, but I prefer to eat mostly on vegetables and fruit. It’s only on rare occasions that I’ll eat red meat and that’s probably only if I get some odd craving. Thus I gravitate towards turkey or chicken burgers.

Making these burgers was a huge eye opening experience on what I’ve been missing out on! They compare nothing to frozen burgers, and I mean nothing! These turkey burgers turned out great and weren’t dry at all. I have to say, this was some ego boost on my part and I’ve given myself a pat on the back for this feat, as ridiculous as it sounds. Sometimes it’s the small things in life that are the best.

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I topped these burgers in a nontraditional way because I’m far from ordinary, let’s just admit it. I used hummus, spinach, tomatoes, and sliced avocado with Sriracha sauce to top it off – all on a whole wheat bun. I can’t stop saying this, but man was it a good burger, and I can’t wait to make these again during the summer.

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Cheddar Jalapeno Turkey Burgers

adapted from What’s Gaby Cooking

Yields 8 patties / Prep Time: 10 minutes / Cook Time: 10-14 minutes

Ingredients:

2 lbs ground turkey*
3/4 cup finely chopped yellow onion
2 teaspoons chopped jalapeño
1 tsp. powdered garlic
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp paprika
1/2 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper

* I mixed 99/1 with 96/4 to reduce the amount of fat in the burgers, but still keep the flavor. However it’s up to you on the lean to fat ratio.

Instructions:

1.) Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Use your hands (the best kitchen tool!) to thoroughly mix the ingredients into the turkey without over working the meat.

2.) Form mixture into 8, 1/2″ patties, depending on how thick and wide you prefer your burgers. Just make sure they’re all uniform so they all cook at the same time.

3.) Heat a grill pan or nonstick pan to medium heat with about a tablespoon of olive oil. This may be done on an outdoor grill as well.

4.) Cook burgers over medium heat for about 5-7 minutes on each side. Finish by topping with whatever you desire.

Enjoy!

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This entry was published on May 21, 2013 at 11:04 pm. It’s filed under Dinner, Lunch and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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