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Mexican-Inspired Turkey Burgers Recipe

Mexican-Inspired Turkey Burgers Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Mexican-Inspired Turkey Burgers

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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."

Reviewed Nov. 9, 2011

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

Reviewed Jun. 19, 2011

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

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!"

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!"

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!"

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."

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!"

Reviewed Jan. 8, 2010

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

Reviewed Sep. 1, 2009

"yum yum yum!!!!"

Reviewed May. 1, 2009

"These sound wonderful and I want to try soon. Another way to perk up turkey burgers is to use jalapeno jelly on the buns. Yum! You get a little sweetness and a little kick."

Reviewed Apr. 20, 2008

"I just fixed these burgers tonight and my husband grilled them for me. They were declicious!"

Reviewed Mar. 11, 2008

"Tasted very much like taco filling."

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Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

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