Spicy Chipotle Turkey Burgers

turkey burgers
Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn
  • Yield: 4 servings

Top these burgers with Cheddar cheese and watercress


1 1/4 to 1 1/2pounds ground turkey (light and dark meat, 7% fat)
2 to 3 garlic cloves, minced
1 canned chipotle chile in adobo sauce, chopped
2teaspoons dried oregano
1teaspoon Dijon mustard
1teaspoon chili powder
1teaspoon ground cumin
1 1/4teaspoons cayenne (optional)
1/2teaspoon kosher salt
1/2teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper


  1. Place turkey, garlic, chipotle, oregano, mustard, chili powder, cumin and cayenne, if using, in a bowl. Using your hands, mix until ingredients are evenly incorporated. Divide mixture into 4 balls of equal size. Form each into a patty 3/4- to 1-inch think. Handle as little as possible.
  2. Prepare a grill to medium-high. Brush grill grate with oil.
  3. Sprinkle both sides of burgers with salt and pepper. Place on grate and grill until well seared on both sides, about 5 minutes for medium-rare or 6 minutes for medium.
  4. If cooking indoors, place a cast-iron skillet over high heat. Add burgers to dry pan. Cook until well seared on both sides, 8 to 10 minutes for medium-rare or 10 to 12 minutes for medium.

Nutritional analysis without bun and topping. Recipe adapted with permission from Recipe of the Week: Burgers by Sally Sampson (Wiley, 2008)

Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Calories 170
  • Fat 8g
  • Sodium 860mg
  • Carbohydrate 2g
  • Fiber 1g
  • Protein 22g