Spicy Southwest flavors pair with sweet and tangy pickled red onions to create a standout turkey burger. If you're used to having your burgers made of beef with plenty of melted cheese on top, don't worry. You won't be disappointed. Serve with corn on the cob and sweet potato fries.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, June/July 2006


Recipe Summary

35 mins
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Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare pickled onions: Whisk vinegar, brown sugar, salt and allspice in a medium glass bowl. Cover and microwave on High until the mixture boils, 2 to 3 minutes. (Alternatively, bring the mixture to a boil in a small saucepan on the stove.) Add onion and toss to coat.

  • To prepare burgers: Preheat grill to high. Place turkey in a medium bowl and gently mix in cilantro, cumin, ground chipotle, salt and allspice until distributed throughout the meat. Form the mixture into 4 patties. Brush with oil.

  • Grill the burgers until cooked through and no longer pink in the center, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Toast buns on the grill, if desired.

  • Drain the onion, discarding the marinade. Spread 2 teaspoons mayonnaise on each bun; top with a burger and pickled onions.


Note: Chipotle peppers are dried, smoked jalapeño peppers. Ground chipotle can be found in the specialty spice section of most supermarkets.

Nutrition Facts

287 calories; protein 32.2g 64% DV; carbohydrates 27.9g 9% DV; exchange other carbs 2; dietary fiber 3.9g 15% DV; sugars 6.3g; fat 6.7g 10% DV; saturated fat 2.8g 14% DV; cholesterol 47.5mg 16% DV; vitamin a iu 151.9IU 3% DV; vitamin c 1.6mg 3% DV; folate 17.4mcg 4% DV; calcium 57.4mg 6% DV; iron 2.8mg 15% DV; magnesium 39mg 14% DV; potassium 152mg 4% DV; sodium 735.5mg 29% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 12% DV; added sugar 5g.

Reviews (5)

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  • 5 star values: 1
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
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Rating: 4 stars
This recipe tasted great and was really easy. The onions would also taste awesome chopped up in a salad. I used a yellow onion since I didn't have any red in the house and they still turned out fine. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
i did enjoy making and the taste of these turkey burgers the chipotle made the burger was such a lovely smoky favourite. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Can't get enough of these onions!!!! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Finally - a tasty turkey burger! I stopped making turkey burgers after very disappointing bland results. This one is definitely a keeper! The spice makes it quite tasty and the onions are a great addition. I will make this recipe again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
These burgers are Jammin'. I actually love a good hamburger cooked on the grill and these Turkey burgers taste very similar. We eat once weekly! Read More