Southwest Turkey Burgers with Chipotle Yogurt Sauce

Let me start off with a disclaimer… this recipe calls for avocado you’ll see, and I did buy one, but by the time I got to make the burgers my avocado had gone bad so I had to leave it off.  While the burgers were really quite good, even without the avocado, I imagine they would be even better WITH it.

If you have tried turkey burgers before you may have found them to be a little dry or bland.  Unfortunately this is just the nature of turkey burgers, because they are a lean meat.  Because of this you need to add things to them, and this is honestly one of the best I have tried.  My husband didn’t like the black bean burgers I made in the past, but he did like the black beans as an addition in these.  I also think the corn was a great addition as well as all the rest.  Although there was a bit of heat to it, I really enjoyed the chipotle yogurt sauce to top them off.  I think this is where the avocado would come in nicely to sort of cut through the heat!  The recipe didn’t call for cheese, perhaps as a way to cut back on fat and calories, but I love a good cheeseburger so I topped ours with some shredded sharp cheddar cheese I had on hand.

The recipe calls for 1 lb of ground turkey, and makes 3 burgers.  For some reason I can never find JUST  a lb of ground turkey, and think my package ended up being 1.25 lbs.  No big deal, I just stretched it a little further and made 4 burgers out of this.  They were quite large, so I think that worked out better anyway since I imagine 3 burgers at 1/3lb each would have been even larger and I find it tricky to get turkey burgers cooked all the way through if they get too big.  What I ended up doing was to place a lid over my skillet for part of the cook time to make extra sure they were cooked through, and again at the end to melt the cheese a bit.

Whether you are trying to eat healthier or just like to try new things, I suggest you give these turkey burgers a shot!  It’s a bit of a long ingredients/instructions list, but don’t let that scare you away.  They are easier than they look.


Southwest Turkey Burgers with Chipotle Yogurt Sauce

Makes : 3 burgers

Ingredients :

  • 6 oz. plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 chilis in adobo sauce, chopped plus 1 tablespoon adobo sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice, zest of ½ lime
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoon grapeseed or olive oil
  • ½ red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup fresh corn kernels (I used frozen)
  • ½ cup black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 pound ground turkey meat
  • 3 hamburger buns
  • 1 avocado, mashed
  • Slices tomato (optional)
  • lettuce

Directions :

  1. Crack open a can of chipotle chilis in adobo sauce. Chop three of the chilis.
  2. Add the chipotle chilis along with 1 tablespoon of the adobo sauce to a bowl with the rest of the ingredients. Stir to combine.
  3. In a medium-sized skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat and add the chopped onion. Saute until the onion begins to sweat, soften and becomes fragrant, about 8 minutes.
  4. Add the jalapeno, garlic cloves, salt and cumin. Saute another 3 to 5 minutes.
  5. Add the corn and sauté and sauté until corn kernels are plump and cooked, another 3 to 5 minutes.
  6. Add the black beans and continue to cook, stirring consistently just until black beans are hot. Set the sauté pan aside and allow everything to cool to room temperature.
  7. Once the sauté mixture has cooled, combine it with the ground turkey meat in a large mixing bowl. Use your hands to mix the meat and sautéed veggies together. Form three burger patties.
  8. In a cast iron skillet (or regular skillet), heat 2 tablespoons of oil to medium-high heat.
  9. Place burger patties on the hot skillet and allow them to cook until the sides firm up, about 5 to 8 minutes
  10. Flip the burgers and cook them on the other side until the burgers feel firm when poked and are cooked all the way through, another few minutes.
  11. Toast the buns in the oven under your broiler.
  12. Roughly chop or smash an avocado and distribute it between three burger buns.
  13. Set patties on top of avocado, douse with chipotle yogurt sauce, add fresh tomato, red oniton and lettuce to your burgers.

Recipe from The Roasted Root




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