Turkey burgers make a great alternative to traditional ground beef burgers. The addition of onion, mushroom, jalapeno, and spices to this recipe keep the burgers hearty and flavorful. Cooking turkey burgers can be a challenge. For the juiciest burger possible, you’ll want to stay away from the ultra-lean turkey. Try to use an 80/20 ground turkey if you can.Jump to Recipe
Tips for cooking the perfect jalapeno cranberry turkey burger:
- Choose ground turkey that is higher in fat (80/20 if you can). If you’re looking to keep your meal light, try skipping the traditional bun and using a lettuce wrap instead. You can also make smaller burger patties, or use this recipe for turkey meatballs.
- Don’t over-mix! Once all the ingredients are incorporated, you’re good to go.
- Don’t press or flatten the burgers while cooking. It may be tempting, but it’s an unnecessary step that will only smoosh the good juices out!
- Chop ingredients finely. Be sure to chop all of the ingredients thoroughly. This will help keep the burgers uniform throughout.
- Don’t overcook the burgers. Overcooking your turkey burger will dry them out. Cook to an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
Juicy Jalapeno Cranberry Turkey Burgers
- 1 Pound Ground Turkey
- 1 Clove Garlic – Diced
- 1 Jalapeno – Seeded and Diced
- ¾ Cup Red Onion – Diced
- ¾ Cup Mushroom – Diced
- 1 teaspoon Paprika
- 1 teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
- ½ teaspoon Cumin
- 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
- 1 Egg
- 1/3 Cup Dried cranberries – Chopped
- Heat olive oil over medium. Add red onion, garlic, mushroom, and jalapeno to heated pan. Cook for 2 minutes.
- Add paprika, cumin, and red pepper flakes to the pan and cook for an additional 2 minutes, moving frequently, until mushrooms just start to soften and all ingredients are coated in spice mixture. Set mixture aside to cool.
- Incorporate cooled onion mixture into the ground turkey along with dijon mustard, worcestershire sauce, dried cranberries, and egg. Be careful not to overmix.
- Chill turkey mixture for at least 15 minutes in fridge before cooking.
- Form 4 turkey patties for cooking. Keep them wide and thin as they may shrink during the cooking process. Using your finger, press down and create a "dimple" in the middle of the burger. This will help keep the burger a uniform width.
- Cook burgers in a non-stick pan about 4-5 minutes on each side, or until the internal temperature reaches 165.
- Serve with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato and/or guacamole.
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