The BEST  Turkey Burger recipe — full of flavorful ingredients like jalapeno, scallions, garlic, cilantro (or parsley), lime zest and coriander,  topped with roasted poblano peppers and my new favorite condiment, Chimichurri Mayo!   Serve the turkey burger on a sourdough bun, wrapped in lettuce, over greens, as a bowl  or as an entree with a plate of healthy veggies. Great for meal prep and delicious reheated. 

The best Turkey Burger Recipe with jalapeño, cilantro, lime zest, scallions , roasted poblano peppers and Chimichurri Mayo! Serve it in a bun or in a lettuce wrap! #turkeyburger #turkeyburgerrecipe

So, I’ve been noticing, many of you have been making the Thai Tukey Burger lately and it got me thinking…  how I want to share another Turkey burger recipe we’ve been cooking up lately at home!   I have to say, these guys are pretty tasty. Brian doesn’t miss the red meat one bit because they just have so much flavor! I know you’ll think the same. The nice part is they can be grilled or pan-seared if you are in a hurry and even made ahead, perfect for meal prepping.

There are very adaptable and I know you’ll find many other ways to serve them up.  A healthier lighter burger, made from scratch and seriously bursting with amazing flavor! My favorite!

The best Turkey Burger Recipe with jalapeño, cilantro, lime zest, scallions , roasted poblano peppers and Chimichurri Mayo! Serve it in a bun or in a lettuce wrap! #turkeyburger #turkeyburgerrecipe

Turkey Burger Ingredients:

Here are the basic ingredients for the BEST turkey burger. Note, if you don’t like cilantro, sub parsley, or if you are “heat-intolerant”, cut back on the jalapeno or leave it out. I do really like the little kick it gives. 🙂 See the recipe box for measurements.

  •  ground turkey (or chicken)
  •  jalapeno, finely minced (optional)
  • scallions
  • cilantro (or flat-leaf parsley)
  •  lime zest
  • 2 garlic cloves (or granulated garlic)
  •  olive oil (optional, but good)
  •  salt
  •  coriander
  • pepper

How to make turkey burgers- mixing in a bowl Forming turkey burger patties- how to make turkey burgers Pan searing the turkey burgers

How to Make Turkey Burgers:

Here is a basic overview of how to make the Best Turkey Burgers!  (Detailed instructions are provided in the recipe box below!)

  • Mix up the burgers: Place all of the turkey burger ingredients in a bowl and lightly toss with your fingers into a fine crumble until mixed thoroughly. With slightly wet hands pat into 3-4 tidy patties, 1-inch thick.
  • If pan searing: heat 1-2 tablespoon oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the turkey burgers and let them get golden, resisting the urge to fiddle (they may stick). Once they get a golden crust, they will naturally release themselves from the pan. Then flip. Cook each side about 5-6 minutes, or cooked through.
  • If Grilling: Make sure grill is hot and grates are greased. Grill each side until golden, 4-5 minutes, lower the heat or move to cooler part to cook through.
  • To roast poblanos either char over a gas burner (on the stovetop) until all sides are charred or on the grill, turning to char evenly. Place in a covered bowl or paper bag to steam 5-10 minutes. Peel under running water, destemming and deseeding.  Alternatively, you could also simply just grill these until tender and skip peeling.
  • Chimichurri Mayo: mix 2 tablespoons (or more) chimichurri sauce with 4 tablespoons mayo.

Another thing I love adding to these turkey burgers are poblano peppers, which can be charred on your stovetop, or grilled. They add a subtle mild heat to the burger!

Once charred, cover them and let them steam for 10 minutes, then peel under cool running water.

charring poblano peppers

Ok, and the condiment that brings this turkey burger over the top is the Chimichurri Mayo. Heav-en-ly!!!

Please make it if you can. Trust me!!!

And if not, the Chipotle Mayo is a good stand-in.

Chimichurri Mayo

Simply stir in a few tablespoons of Chimichurri Sauce into mayo and voila- the best tasting condiment ever!!!

Chimichurri Mayo for the turkey burgers

Possible Turkey Burger Additions:

Fixings (all optional)

  • Chimichurri Mayo
  • roasted poblano peppers
  • melty cheese or vegan cheese
  • Avocado
  • Tomato
  • Grilled onions, Red onions or pickled red onions
  • Sourdough buns
  • lettuce wraps

assembling a turkey burger in a lettuce wrap

You can make lettuce-wrapped burgers- which honestly are a bit messy, I won’t lie, but they are super light and delicious.

Lettuce wrapped Burger! assembling a turkey burger in a lettuce wrap

Or serve them up on your favorite bun.  I like these sourdough buns if you’re on the sourdough bandwagon. 🙂

The best Turkey Burger Recipe with jalapeño, cilantro, lime zest, scallions , roasted poblano peppers and Chimichurri Mayo! Serve it in a bun or in a lettuce wrap! #turkeyburger #turkeyburgerrecipe

So there you have it – Chimichurri Turkey Burgers – what we are currently feasting on at home. 🙂

The best Turkey Burger Recipe with jalapeño, cilantro, lime zest, scallions , roasted poblano peppers and Chimichurri Mayo! Serve it in a bun or in a lettuce wrap! #turkeyburger #turkeyburgerrecipe

Hope you like them. xoxo

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The best Turkey Burger Recipe with jalapeño, cilantro, lime zest, scallions , roasted poblano peppers and Chimichurri Mayo! Serve it in a bun or in a lettuce wrap! #turkeyburger #turkeyburgerrecipe

The Best Turkey Burger

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 1x
  • Category: main, poultry, burger, turkey recipes
  • Method: grilled, pan-seared
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Low Fat

Description

The best Turkey Burger Recipe with jalapeño, cilantro, lime zest, scallions , roasted poblano peppers and Chimichurri Mayo! Serve it in a bun or make a lettuce-wrapped Burger!


Ingredients

Scale

Turkey Burger:

  • 16 ounces ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon jalapeno, finely minced (optional)
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro ( or flat-leaf parsley)
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced (or 1 teaspoon granulated garlic)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil ( optional, but good)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Fixings (all optional)

  • Chimichurri Mayo (see notes)
  • roasted poblano peppers
  • melty cheese or vegan cheese
  • Avocado
  • Tomato
  • Grilled onions, Red onions or pickled red onions
  • Sourdough buns or lettuce wraps or serve the burger over a salad!

 


Instructions

Heat grill to med-high heat if grilling.  (Or pan-sear for speed)

Make burgers: Place all of the turkey burger ingredients in a bowl and lightly toss with your fingers into a fine crumble until mixed thoroughly. With slightly wet hands pat into 3-4 tidy patties, 1-inch thick.

If pan searing, heat 1-2 tablespoon oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the turkey burgers and let them get golden, resisting the urge to fiddle (they may stick). Once they get a golden crust, they will naturally release themselves from the pan. Then flip. Cook each side about 5-6 minutes, or cooked through.

If Grilling: Make sure grill is hot and grates are greased. Grill each side until golden, 4-5 minutes, lower the heat or move to cooler part to cook through.

To make the roasted poblanos either char over a gas burner (on stovetop) until all sides are charred or on the grill, turning to char evenly. Place in a covered bowl or paper bag to steam 5-10 minutes. Peel under running water, destemming and deseeding.  Alternatively, you could also simply just grill these until tender and skip peeling.

To make Chimichurri Mayo, mix 2 tablespoons (or more) chimichurri sauce with 4 tablespoons mayo.


Notes

Form into 4 smaller burgers or 3 bigger burgers. Can be made ahead and reheated.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 4-ounce turkey burger patty
  • Calories: 193
  • Sugar: 0.3 g
  • Sodium: 649 mg
  • Fat: 11.1 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 1.3 g
  • Fiber: 0.4 g
  • Protein: 22.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 78.2 mg

Keywords: best turkey burger, chicken burger recipe, turkey burger recipe, chimichurri burger, poblano burger, jalapeno burger, chimichurri mayo

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Hi, I'm Sylvia!

Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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  1. Love this! Served over wild rice, grilled the onions and added a bit of maple syrup to the sauce as I like a sweet and savory sauce ;0) will try adding lime zest to the burgers Thank you for a delicious healthy recipe!

  2. I haven’t made them yet, and was wondering if the nutrition information included the oil (optional). I’m pretty sure that the Chimichurri Mayo is not included. Thank you.