Southwestern Turkey Burgers


  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2 scallions, trimmed and sliced thinly on a bias, white and light green parts
  • 1 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup finely minced red bell pepper
  • 2 TBS adobo sauce (from a can of chipotle peppers in adobo)
  • 2 TBS canola oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 slices pepper jack cheese
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • guacamole or sliced avocado, optional, for garnish

I’m always looking for new recipes to make with ground turkey and these burgers make a delicious weeknight meal!


Mix together the turkey, scallions, garlic, cilantro, red pepper, adobo sauce, oil, salt and cumin. Season with pepper. For the mixture into four patties.

Heat the oil in a medium saute pan over medium-high heat and when shimmering, cook the patties for about 4 minutes on each side or until just cooked through. Just before lifting the burgers from the pan, top each with a slice of cheese and let it melt.

Serve the burgers on the hamburger buns, topped with guacamole or avocado slices, if desired.