Spicy Chipotle Turkey Burgers!So you've probably heard the good news about turkey burgers, they're made from a leaner meat than beef so they can give you the grilled burger taste you want- but save you some calories and fat. Here's the issue I've always had with turkey burgers, every time I ordered one at a restaurant they've been dry and boring. BOOORING. Like a tasteless puck of meat covered in cheese. No thank you. So, I went on the hunt to find a way to take this healthy burger alternative and make it something actually edible. This turkey burger is anything but boring. It's got a little kick from the chipotle peppers and a crazy hit of freshness from the cilantro.
The turkey burgers are the ones on the right covered in the white cheese, how much better do they look than the reg. burgers?!
The 2 flavors really complement each other well. Don't be intimidated by using chipotle peppers if you've never used them before, they're super user-friendly they come in a little can in the Mexican food aisle in your grocery store. I found them next to the salsas and canned chiles, and they look a little something like this...
See? So not scary. They're little peppers but they bring a huge tasty punch to your burgers. I used 1 1/2 for this recipe, but if you LOVE spicy food feel free to add 2 full peppers, or if you aren't a spicy food fan cut it down to just 1. I really don't advise you to skip the peppers, they bring the flavor! You won't use the entire jar unless you're making a ton of these burgers so just toss them into an airtight container, refrigerate, and use them for your next batch of burgers, whether they're turkey or beef they bring a lot of unexpected flavor.
Ingredients: (Makes 4 burgers)1 lb. ground turkeyA handful of chopped cilantro (I used about 1/4 c.)1 1/2 Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, finely chopped1 tsp. Garlic Powder1 tsp. Onion Powder1 tsp. Seasoned Salt1/4 tsp. Black pepper4 slices cheese (I like provolone)
Step 1: Preheat grill on medium- high heat. Combine the ground turkey, cilantro, peppers, garlic powder, onion powder, seasoned salt, and black pepper in a bowl.Wash your hands and just mix with your hands, I know it's gross but it works the best. Just do it!Step 2: Score down the center of the turkey mixture and then across the center to form 4 equal parts, these will be your patties.Step 4: Take each patty out, roll into a ball with your hands and then flatten to make a burger patty. Step 5: Grill about 4 minutes per side, or until no longer pink in the center. Top with cheese and serve.Look at all that flavor in every bite! :-)Okay, these are seriously good and will make a huge impact at your next BBQ. Just give em a try :-) They might be a little adventurous, but the payoff is huge, I promise!
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