Green Chile Turkey Burgers

Green Chile Turkey Burgers

3 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2017

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.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 1 pound 93%-lean ground turkey
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 scallion, minced
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 4 green chiles, such as Hatch, New Mexico or poblano
  • 4 slices pepper Jack cheese (about 1 ounce each)
  • 2 8- to 10-inch whole-wheat flour tortillas, halved
  • 4 tablespoons sour cream
  • Lettuce & tomato for serving


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  1. Build a hot fire or preheat a gas grill to high.
  2. Mix turkey with cilantro, scallion, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Shape into 4 patties, ½ inch thick. Refrigerate until ready to grill.
  3. 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.
  4. Oil the grill rack. Grill the burgers until an instant-read thermometer registers 165°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 information

  • Serving size: 1 burger
  • Per serving: 395 calories; 23 g fat(9 g sat); 3 g fiber; 18 g carbohydrates; 32 g protein; 22 mcg folate; 121 mg cholesterol; 3 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 1,459 IU vitamin A; 110 mg vitamin C; 256 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 731 mg sodium; 454 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (183% daily value), Vitamin A (29% dv), Calcium (26% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1
  • Exchanges: ½ starch, 1 vegetable, 3 lean meat, 1 high-fat meat, ½ fat

Reviews 3

July 22, 2018
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By: DG87
A little messy to eat but over all delicious.
March 02, 2018
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By: Caitlin Cronkhite
This recipe is awesome! Not too spicy, but not underseasoned (and you can always add more spices if you want to amp it up). If you're cutting carbs, swap out the tortilla for a lettuce wrap: It's no less tasty. Great for a high-protein meal and utterly delicious.
July 01, 2017
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By: mjselbi
Surprisingly spicy flavor! Substituted ground chicken, but taste was outstanding. Like they used the burrito wrap instead of a burger bun. Definitely will make these again!
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