Spicy Turkey Burgers with Pickled Onions

Spicy Turkey Burgers with Pickled Onions

5 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, June/July 2006

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.

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  • Pickled Onions
  • 1 cup red-wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 small red onion, halved and very thinly sliced
  • 1 pound 93%-lean ground turkey
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground chipotle pepper, (see Note)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 4 whole-wheat buns, split
  • 8 teaspoons reduced-fat mayonnaise


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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 information

  • Per serving: 287 calories; 7 g fat(3 g sat); 4 g fiber; 28 g carbohydrates; 32 g protein; 17 mcg folate; 48 mg cholesterol; 6 g sugars; 5 g added sugars; 152 IU vitamin A; 2 mg vitamin C; 57 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 736 mg sodium; 152 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 2 starch, 3 lean meat

Reviews 5

March 14, 2018
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By: Aaaight
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!
December 30, 2016
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By: chantalle nugent
i did enjoy making and the taste of these turkey burgers , the chipotle made the burger was such a lovely smoky favourite.
April 13, 2013
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By: cmchlebove
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.
May 01, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
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.
March 11, 2010
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By: jordanhorowitz
Can't get enough of these onions!!!!
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