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Southwestern Turkey Burger

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Recipe By Chef Jim Coleman

It’s a new twist on the turkey burger. Use lean ground turkey and add chipotle flavored hot sauce to make it spicy and hot! Great for indoor or outdoor grilling.

Makes 4 burgers


  • 1 ½ pounds lean ground turkey
  • 1 cup mild salsa, strained & divided
  • ⅓ cup finely chopped shallots
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle-(or hotter if desired) flavored hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3 gloves of garlic, minced
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper
  • 4 multi-grain rolls, halved horizontally, lightly toasted
  • 4 large red leaf lettuce leaves


    1. Mix ground turkey, ½ of the salsa, shallots, cilantro, 3 tablespoons oil, hot sauce, cumin, garlic salt, and pepper in large bowl.
    2. Form turkey mixture into four patties.
    3. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large nonstick skillet or griddle over medium-high heat. When hot add burgers; cook until brown, about 3 minutes per side.
    4. Reduce heat to low. Sauté until burgers are cooked through, about 4 minutes, turning occasionally.
    5. Place roll bottoms on 4 plates. Place burgers on roll bottoms. Top each burger with 2 tablespoons of remaining salsa, lettuce leaves and top with roll tops.
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