The key to a good burger is developing a very moist burger. Create a paste to make this Mexican Paste Turkey Burger the best burger you ever developed. We all know that the challenge with a turkey burger is ending up with a dry burger. Making a paste is a sure fire way to ensure that the resulting burger will be totally moist and full of flavor. I have picked up this concept from my Indian Masala Lentils. I have learned that pastes are the base of many Indian and Thai dishes.
The other key to this super tasty Mexican Paste Turkey Burger is all the LAYERS OF FLAVOR I have developed in this recipe. I know that phrase sounds like I have watched too much FOOD NETWORK. You would be right. I have watched too much. Just ask my wife. It is so true though. If there is one consistent technique, or concept, I use in a lot of recipes it is adding sauces and textures to the main dish. This burger has 5 different layers in addition to the burger. It begins with a cole slaw layer and followed by guacamole at the base. Then the top of the burger is layered with pepperjack cheese for a kick, caramelized onions and finished with my ancho BBQ sauce. All the individual ingredients stand on there own but together they make a fantstic recipe.
The cast of characters.
The paste ingredients placed in the food processor.
The paste on top of the ground turkey before mixing in.
The super moist burgers formed.
The final Mexican Paste Turkey Burger plated. Look at all those layers of flavor.
- 2 pounds ground turkey
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1/8 of a red onion
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 2 teaspoons New Mexico Chili Powder
- 1 bunch cilantro
- 2 teaspoons black pepper
- 2 teaspoons sea salt
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 3 tablespoons canola oil, divided
- 5 slices of pepperjack cheese
- Combine all ingredients including 1 tablespoon of oil except the ground turkey in a food processor.
- Pulse until combined.
- Add the paste to the ground turkey. Mix well
- Form 5 patties.
- Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in a cast iron skillet.
- When simmering, add the patties.
- Cook approximately 5 minutes per side.
- Add the cheese in the final 2 minutes of cooking.
- To assemble the burger, top the bottom bun with guacamole, dressed cole slaw, and then the burger, with caramelized onions and ancho BBQ sauce.
- Serve and enjoy!