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Mexican-Inspired Turkey Burgers

 Mexican-Inspired Turkey Burgers
“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,” says Heather Byers, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
4 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 25 min.


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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

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Mexican-Inspired Turkey Burgers (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • thermometer reads 165° and juices run clear.
  • 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.
Wine: Medium-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.