These healthy turkey burgers are flavored with the Southwestern triad of chiles verdes, cumin and cilantro. We serve them here on tortillas, but traditionalists can go for a bun. Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2017

Steven Raichlen



  • Build a hot fire or preheat a gas grill to high.

  • Mix turkey with cilantro, scallion, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Shape into 4 patties, 1/2 inch thick. Refrigerate until ready to grill.

  • Grill chiles until the skins are blackened and blistered, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a clean cutting board and let cool slightly. Scrape off the skin with a paring knife, slice lengthwise and discard seeds and stems.

  • Oil the grill rack. Grill the burgers until an instant-read thermometer registers 165 degrees F, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Top with cheese and grill until it melts, about 1 minute more. Transfer the burgers to a platter. Quickly warm tortillas on the grill. Serve the burgers in tortilla halves with a chile and sour cream, topped with lettuce and/or tomato, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

395 calories; 22.9 g total fat; 9.2 g saturated fat; 121 mg cholesterol; 731 mg sodium. 454 mg potassium; 18.1 g carbohydrates; 3 g fiber; 3 g sugar; 31.8 g protein; 1459 IU vitamin a iu; 110 mg vitamin c; 22 mcg folate; 256 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 40 mg magnesium;

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