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“Little Kick” Jalapeno Burgers

I lightened up one of my husband's favorite jalapeno 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


  • 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


  • In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. Crumble turkey over mixture and mix well. Shape into six patties.
  • 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 thermometer reads 165° and juices run clear.
  • Top with cheese; cover and grill 1-2 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Serve on rolls with salsa, sour cream and lettuce.
Editor's Note
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Nutrition Facts
1 burger: 254 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 61mg cholesterol, 471mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 26g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch.

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  • beerfish
    Nov 16, 2012

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

  • VictoriaElaine
    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.

  • KingGeld
    Jul 29, 2011

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

  • angelasandoval
    Jul 26, 2011

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

  • cgrace002
    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.

  • sylvia_moss
    Oct 8, 2010

    This is SOOO GOOD! I did change it up quite a bit. I used ground beef instead of turkey and I fried instead of grilling these. (I know a lot more fattening.) They were so good. I will be making these often!

  • Torri_Myler
    Aug 3, 2010

    This is sooo good! I have diabetes so instead of dinner rolls I used diabetic friendly pita bread - my new discovery. Thanks for this recipe, I will definitely make it again.

  • hmillay
    Aug 21, 2009

    These were pretty yummy! I used salsa verde and whole wheat buns.

  • swinny
    May 30, 2009

    These burgers do have a nice little kick. Delish!!!