Recipe: Southwest Turkey Burgers

One of the best things about empty nesting is that you can stop cooking for so many people all the time. It’s the perfect time to try new recipes. Everything else is changing, why not eat new food as well? Here’s a wonderful recipe for turkey burgers that is truly tasty. Enjoy!

Recipe Ingredients

8 slices turkey bacon (or real bacon if you’re splurging)
1 package ground turkey breast (about 1 1/3 pounds)
2 cloves of chopped garlic
1 large shallot (or 1/4 red onion), finely chopped
2-3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 small red or yellow bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1-2 teaspoons Tabasco
2 teaspoons Montreal Steak Seasoning
1/2 pound sliced pepper jack cheese
4 crusty Kaiser rolls, sliced
1 small jar red pepper jelly
Red leaf lettuce

Recipe Instructions

Chop your garlic and veggies.

Cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat until crisp. Wipe excess grease from pan and return skillet to heat.
While bacon cooks, combine turkey meat, garlic, shallot or onion, cilantro, bell pepper, jalapeno pepper, cumin, hot pepper sauce, grill seasoning or salt and pepper.

Divide mixture into 4 equal mounds then form meat into patties.

Drizzle patties with vegetable oil to coat. Cook in skillet over medium high heat for 5 to 6 minutes on each side. Place sliced cheese over the patties in the last 2 minutes of cooking, use 1 or 2 slices for each patty, as you like. (These burgers are also delicious when grilled.)

Place cooked cheeseburgers into buns. Spread red pepper jelly on bun tops and set red leaf lettuce into place, using the jelly as glue. Top burgers with 2 slices of cooked, crisp bacon or turkey bacon. (You can also use the lettuce as the bun to eliminate the bread.)

Shout to Rachel Ray for the original recipe. I have tweaked it a bit, most noticeably removing the thyme.


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