Turkey Burgers with Jalapeno Cheese Sauce Recipe
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Turkey Burgers with Jalapeno Cheese Sauce Recipe

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This is a lighter version of a tasty burger that people enjoyed at a place I once worked. I substituted the beef with turkey and used low-fat cheese, but the results are tastier than the original crowd-pleaser. —Vicki Schurk of Hamden, Connecticut
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 3 slices whole wheat bread, torn
  • 1 cup fat-free milk, divided
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground turkey
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 6 whole wheat hamburger buns, split
  • 6 lettuce leaves
  • 6 slices tomato

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 387 calories, 15g fat (5g saturated fat), 100mg cholesterol, 599mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 5g fiber), 30g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 1 fat.


  1. In a large bowl, soak bread in 1/2 cup milk for 1 minute. Add the garlic, mustard, salt and pepper. Crumble turkey over mixture and mix well. Shape into six patties; set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine flour and remaining milk until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat. Add cheese and jalapeno; stir until cheese is melted. Keep warm.
  3. Using long-handled tongs, moisten a paper towel with cooking oil and lightly coat the grill rack. Grill patties, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 5-7 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer reads 165° and juices run clear.
  4. Serve on buns with lettuce, tomato and jalapeno cheese sauce. 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 Turkey Burgers with Jalapeno Cheese Sauce in Light & Tasty August/September 2006, p17

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

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

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semoore User ID: 2098741 63669
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2014

"Used lean turkey and had a hard time holding patties together. Tasted great."

Justaname User ID: 5961618 63636
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2011

"Really good. I have made it several times."

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