Here is a simple post to get you ready for Cinco De Mayo.  I think my most favorite type of burger to create is a Mexican Turkey Burger.  My wife does not eat a regular beef hamburger.  We most frequently make burgers using either ground turkey or ground chicken.  Ground turkey and chicken provide the same consistency as a beef burger but the meat has so much less flavor.  So ground turkey and chicken are such a perfect blank canvass to work with.  My development as a home chef, to me, is evident in something as simple as this Mexican Turkey Burger.

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Mexican Turkey Burger

Mexican Turkey Burger #groundturkey #Mexican #burger | feedyoursoul2.com

Mexican Turkey Burger

Mexican Turkey Burger #groundturkey #Mexican #burger | feedyoursoul2.com

I really think about building layers of flavor.  The burger gets spiced really well with my cornucopia of Mexican spices.  I am in love with my Sunny Oaxaca – chipotle coffee rub.  I added this to the outside of this burger.  This burger is spiced well with salt, pepper, adobo seasoning and ground guajillo powder.  Additional texture is developed with the addition of two flavors of bell peppers and red onions.  I do change up how I develop this Mexican Turkey Burger. In recent incarnations, I have sautéed the vegetables and spiced them before adding them to the burger.  A good way to get flavor into the meat but it does not add as much texture to the burger.

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I really like adding a slaw to my Mexican burgers.  It adds such good crunch and I make it creamy and spicy.  In this slaw, the base was fat free Greek yogurt to keep it light.  I did add a little mayonnaise for flavor.  The slaw was kicked up with jalapeno mustard in the dressing and chopped jalapenos mixed with the cabbage.  To keep it traditionally Mexican, I chopped up some fresh cilantro and added it as well.  The final layer for this sandwich was avocados mashed up and lathered on the bun.  No guacamole, just the creamy, chunky texture of the avocados.

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The ground turkey and spices and the ingredients shown in the bowl.

Burger Ingredients

Burger Ingredients

Ingredients in Bowl

Ingredients in Bowl

Jalapenos Added

Jalapenos Added

The cole slaw ingredients and then the building of the slaw.

Cole Slaw Ingredients

Cole Slaw Ingredients

Cole Slaw Dressing

Cole Slaw Dressing

Cilantro and Peppers Added

Cilantro and Peppers Added

Cabbage Added

Cabbage Added

Cole Slaw Mixed

Cole Slaw Mixed

The burgers in the skillet and topped with the pepperjack cheese.

Burgers Spices in Skillet

Burgers Spices in Skillet

Pepperjack Cheese Added

Pepperjack Cheese Added

The final plating of the Mexican Turkey Burger.

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Mexican Turkey Burger Plated

Mexican Turkey Burger

Serves 4
A ground turkey burger spiced with wonderful Mexican spices and herbs.


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Prep Time
10 min

Cook Time
10 min

Total Time
20 min

Prep Time
10 min

Cook Time
10 min

Total Time
20 min

Ingredients
  1. 2 pounds ground turkey
  2. 2 tablespoons guajillo powder
  3. 2 tablespoons adobo seasoning
  4. 1 tablespoon salt
  5. 1 tablespoon black pepper
  6. 1/4 red onion, diced
  7. 1/4 red bell pepper, diced
  8. 1/4 yellow bell pepper, diced
  9. 1 jalapeno pepper, diced
  10. 2 tablespoons Sunny Oaxaca spice
  11. 8 – 10 slices of pepperjack cheese
  12. 2 tablespoons of grape seed oil
Cole Slaw
  1. 1/2 cup fat free plain Greek yogurt
  2. 2 tablespoons Jalapeno mustard
  3. 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  4. 1 tablespoon salt
  5. 1 tablespoon black pepper
  6. 1/2 head red cabbage, sliced
  7. 1/4 head green cabbage, sliced
  8. 1 jalapeno, diced
  9. 3 tablespoons jalapeno, diced
  10. 1/2 lemon juice, squeezed
  11. 2 avocados, mashed
  12. 4 buns (I went to the cabinet and then freezer to find I had no buns. I used hot dog buns)
Turkey Burger
  1. Combine the ground turkey, the spices and the peppers. Mix well.
  2. Divide into 4 equal parts and form into burgers with your hands.
Cole slaw
  1. Combine the yogurt, mustard, mayonnaise and spices. Mix well.
  2. Add in the vegetable ingredients and mix well.
Assembling the Mexican Turkey Burger
  1. Heat a cast iron skillet on medium high heat.
  2. Add the oil and warm until shimmering.
  3. Spice the outside of the burgers with the Sunny Oaxaca spice.
  4. Add in the burgers and cook for approximately 5 minutes per side.
  5. In the final minute of cooking, top with 2 – 3 slices of the pepperjack cheese.
  6. Cover the pot to get a good melt.
  7. Let the burgers rest for 1 – 2 minutes.
  8. Meanwhile, top the bun with the mashed avocado.
  9. Add the burger.
  10. Top with the slaw.
  11. Serve and enjoy!
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