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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


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!


Units 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!



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.


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


  • 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

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