Mexican-Inspired Turkey Burgers Recipe
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Mexican-Inspired Turkey Burgers Recipe

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We love burgers on the grill, but turkey burgers can be bland and beef burgers can be fatty. To create these burgers, I used a spice combination from a taco recipe and then tinkered with cheeses and different toppings. —Heather Byers, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1/2 cup salsa, divided
  • 1/4 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 3 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 pound extra-lean ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 4 hamburger buns, split
  • 1/2 cup torn curly endive
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 312 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 55mg cholesterol, 599mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 3g fiber), 36g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 2 starch.


  1. In a large bowl, combine 1/4 cup salsa, cheese, paprika, oregano, cumin, sugar, garlic powder, thyme, salt and cayenne. Crumble turkey over mixture and mix well. Shape into four burgers.
  2. Moisten a paper towel with cooking oil; using long-handled tongs, lightly coat the grill rack. Grill, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 5-7 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 165° and juices run clear.
  3. In a small bowl, combine sour cream and remaining salsa. Place burgers on buns; top with endive, tomato and sour cream mixture. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Mexican-Inspired Turkey Burgers in Healthy Cooking April/May 2008, p33

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

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

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joedebfry User ID: 265172 209815
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2013

"A pleasant surprise! Too many turkey burgers are bland and tasteless--not these! My husband is generally skeptical of turkey burgers, but he really liked these; I'll make them again--soon! I omitted the sugar; I don't like any hint of sweetness in a burger. Otherwise I made them as written and cooked them on an indoor electric grill."

MY REVIEW User ID: 3628789 172116
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2011

"this is my go to recipe for turkey burgers best tasting by far"

janrose.siepker User ID: 5207113 141192
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2011

"These are the BEST!!! Love them on the grill!!Also I throw in some fresh ciltrano..yum yum"

HBcook User ID: 2966570 104298
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2011

"So many spices and so little flavor. I broiled the burgers 2 minutes/side and they were dry and just not very good!"

SAHM26 User ID: 3780111 92077
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2010

"I was a little hesitant to make this because I haven't had the best luck w/turkey burgers but I was amazed at how good these were. Will make again!"

AndreaErickson User ID: 2461323 141191
Reviewed May. 20, 2010

"This is an excellent alternative to burgers on the grill. Even my husband who cringes when I say "turkey burger" requests these!"

Lori88 User ID: 2724173 104295
Reviewed May. 16, 2010

"I tried this recipe last year. I wasn't sure my family would like it, but it was a big hit. My husband wants to try the burgers on the grill this summer."

kafaughn User ID: 3552105 176951
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2010

"These are very good! I skipped the endive and instead made guacamole with cilantro and put that on one side of the burger with the sour cream salsa on the other. Toasted the bun too. Delicious!"

MY REVIEW User ID: 3628789 100675
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2010

"this is very good! It also is low in fat and calories."

hemstewart User ID: 3068467 91989
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2009

"yum yum yum!!!!"

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