"Little Kick" Jalapeno Burgers Recipe
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"Little Kick" Jalapeno Burgers Recipe

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I lightened up one of my husband's favorite burger recipes, and although the original was good, we actually like this better! —Dawn Dhooghe, Concord, North Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons light beer or water
  • 2 dashes hot pepper sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 pound extra-lean ground turkey
  • 3 slices pepper jack cheese, cut in half
  • 6 dinner rolls, split
  • 6 tablespoons salsa
  • 6 tablespoons fat-free sour cream
  • 6 tablespoons shredded lettuce

Nutritional Facts

1 burger: 254 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 61mg cholesterol, 471mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 26g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1-1/2 starch, 3 lean mea


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. Crumble turkey over mixture and mix well. Shape into six patties.
  2. Using long-handled tongs, moisten a paper towel with cooking oil and lightly coat the grill rack. Grill burgers, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 2-3 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer reads 165° and juices run clear.
  3. Top with cheese; cover and grill 1-2 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Serve on rolls with salsa, sour cream and lettuce. Yield: 6 servings.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Originally published as "Little Kick" Jalapeno Burgers in Healthy Cooking June/July 2009, p14

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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Reviewed Nov. 16, 2012

"These burgers were excellent, my whole family loved them!!"

Reviewed Apr. 25, 2012

"I used one jalapeno instead of 2 & made 4 burgers instead of 6. The only thing I will do different next time is eliminate the water - it seemed like it made the raw meat too thin & hard to handle. Otherwise, it was very tasty & a healthy alternative to beef burgers. Next time I will serve it with sweet potato fries."

Reviewed Jul. 29, 2011

"I only used half of the jalapenos, garlic, and cilantro and these were still delicious. I will be making them again!"

Reviewed Jul. 26, 2011

"Excellent flavor! Made them with ground beef instead of turkey; topped them with lettuce, tomato and avocado."

Reviewed Feb. 20, 2011

"I made this for dinner last night and I thought it was pretty good. I made 6 burgers out of it as it said 6 servings but by the time the burgers were off of the grill they were a little small. Only because I didnt think it was spicey enough I am going to use a few more Jalapenos next time. If it is your first time making this I would start with what is recommended and then go from there. I will more than likely make these again."

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