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  • 2 pounds bone-in skin-on turkey thighs (about 2 thighs)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons chopped jalapeño or serrano chile with seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Recipe Preparation

  • Cut meat into 1" cubes; discard skin and bones. Place in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap, and transfer to freezer. Chill protein until very cold (it should feel firm but still give when pressed with your finger), about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, place all grinding parts (the stand mixer's grinding attachment, including the dies, or the bowl and blade of the food processor) in the freezer until very cold, at least 15 minutes. Assemble grinder attachment with chilled coarse die. Set a bowl in a large bowl of ice; arrange beneath the attachment to catch ground turkey and keep it cold.

  • Transfer turkey to a medium bowl. Mix in onion, cilantro, garlic, jalapeño or serrano chile, coriander, cumin, paprika, and freshly ground black pepper. Grind mixture in batches, with mixer on medium speed, and plunge gently to press through grinder.

  • Form into four 1/2"-thick patties. Season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Grill burgers over medium heat until cooked through, 5-7 minutes per side.

Recipe by The Bon Appétit Test Kitchen,Photos by Christopher Testani

Nutritional Content

One serving contains: Calories (kcal) 200 Fat (g) 4 Saturated Fat (g) 1.5 Cholesterol (mg) 140 Carbohydrates (g) 3 Dietary Fiber (g) 1 Total Sugars (g) 1 Protein (g) 35 Sodium (mg) 135Reviews Section

  • 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
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Spicy Grilled Turkey Burger with Coleslaw

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My father announced he had a cunning plan.

He found a grilled turkey burger recipe that he wanted to try, but rather than just use any old ground turkey, he would make half the burgers with ground dark meat (his favorite) and half the burgers with ground white meat and see if he preferred one over the other.

I complicated the test further by suggesting that we use regular Tabasco sauce with the white meat turkey burgers and chipotle Tabasco sauce with the dark meat burgers, thinking that the stronger flavor of dark meat would hold up well to the chipotle.

Dad took the test a step further and decided that we would have half as much chili sauce in the white meat burgers.

Clearly we weren't aiming for a perfect scientific study.

The good news is that both sets of burgers turned out great. With the white meat turkey burgers, since we had less chili sauce, the turkey flavor was more pronounced. With the dark meat burgers, the chipotle sauce added a lot of kick to the meat.

Both burgers were flavorful, filling, and paired very well with the spicy coleslaw, sweet pickles, and tomatoes. 3 thumbs up on this one.

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Excellent recipe and will make it again and again ,however with some minor changes to adjust to my preferences.I added some fresh bread crumbs ,sauteed the onion ,garlic and jalapeno in one TBS of oil and cooked in a grill pan.

Used ground turkey squeezed dry. Loved the flavor.

Loved this recipe. Subbed ground turkey and dried cilantro. Otherwise made as written.

I used ground turkey from grocery and did not grind my own. The burgers had a delicious flavor, however, were a bit on the dry side. Next time I make them, I will definitely add in some fat to remedy this. Yummy!

I've done this one before and it was very good! Tonight I am going to add some soy sauce, worcestershire sauce, perhaps some smoked paprika and of course double or triple the garlic. And I have a left over jalapeno, so I'm just gonna use the whole thing. Should be good! Oh, and I did not grind the turkey myself, but I did use dark meat.

i used ground turkey meat (breast) and the burgers turned out great. Still juicy even though not dark meat. Otherwise, made the recipe exactly as written & my husband and I both loved them. Making them again tonight! I may try dark meat next time, just to see¿.

Great recipe but I went the lazy route, using ground ground turkey meat.. So the recipe was: 1.25 lbs dark meat turkey 1 tsp paprika 1 tsp cumin 1 tsp ground coriander seed sea salt and pepper 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro 1 tbsp siracha/hot sauce Combined all ingredients in large bowl, mixed and added sea salt and pepper. Made about 6-7 patties. Terrific and got rave reviews Read More

I mixed the ingredients the night before to let the flavors really develop. Not sure if that would matter but these turned out delicious! I used a dill aioli for a sauce since I had fresh dill to spare.

If the skin and bones are discarded before grinding and cooking, can anyone figure out why the recipe says to buy them with the skin and bones on? To save money, or is there actually some effect in terms of quality if you buy them with the skin and bones?

Frequently asked questions

Can you make these burgers in advance? Absolutely. Since these burgers require refrigeration before grilling, they&rsquore ideal for making in advance. You can make them an hour before, or even the night before. Just wrap them in plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to grill.

Can you freeze turkey burgers? Yes. Just wrap the raw patties individually in plastic wrap and arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet. Place in the freezer. Once frozen, remove them from the baking sheet, and store in a freezer safe bag or container for up to 3 months. Defrost in the refrigerator before grilling.

How do you know when turkey burgers are done? Turkey burgers should always be well done. You want them juicy but they shouldn&rsquot have any pink in the middle. But it&rsquos a delicate balance, as they also overcook quickly and dry out. That&rsquos why a meat thermometer is the best way to check for doneness. Ground turkey is safe when it reaches an internal temperature of 165F.

Can you cook these burgers on the stovetop? Yes. Add a small amount of oil to a grill pan or cast iron skillet and preheat for about 5 minutes. Add the burgers and cover and cook over medium heat for 8-10 minutes per side, or until they reach an internal temperature of 165F.

How do you keep turkey burgers from drying out? While the pepper, onion and cilantro add some moisture, the key to keeping turkey burgers juicy is to minimize the amount of dry ingredients you add and avoid over mixing them. You should also avoid over cooking them and flip the burgers only once during cooking.

How do you store and reheat leftover turkey burgers? Leftover burgers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. To reheat them, just microwave for 45-60 seconds or until just heated through. Be careful not to overheat as the burgers will get tough.

Whole30 Spicy Turkey Burgers

By now you probably realize that I’m getting pretty good at adapting some of my favorite meals to be Whole30 compliant. It’s actually not that hard to do.

However, I say that and I realize I should actually say, it’s not that hard FOR ME to do.

I come from a background of eating gluten-free for 6.5 years already. I know how to make recipe swaps that allow me to enjoy the same foods at you, only gluten-free versions of them.

For example, at a restaurant, I rarely order a burger with a bun. Most restaurants do not offer a gluten-free bun anyway, and those that do usually have dry and crumbly gluten-free buns I don’t like anyway.

Instead, I order my burger naked or lettuce wrapped. It’s a swap I’m used to making and actually have come to prefer! (It’s so much better for you too – just saying!)

So when I wanted to come up with a Whole30 turkey burger recipe, I knew this would be a piece of cake to do, after all, I eat burgers all the time and they are totally grain-free and gluten-free.

In order to keep things spicy, not bland, I decided to infuse my turkey burger recipe with a ton of fresh vegetables and spices.

In fact, stuffed inside these Whole30 spicy turkey burgers, you’ll find a chunk of yellow onion, some red pepper, a whole jalapeno pepper and lots of fresh garlic. Furthermore, you’ll find spices like chili powder and cumin – just to spice things up!

All of these wonderful vegetables and spices contribute to the full flavor of these delicious turkey burgers, and of course, everything is totally Whole30 compliant.

The best way to cook these turkey burgers is using an indoor grill pan. Turkey burgers can often fall apart on the grill, so they are best cooked inside in a pan that contains them. An indoor grill pan also gives the burgers nice grill marks, too. If you don’t have an indoor grill pan, I highly recommend investing in one! Amazon carries a lot of great options, including this one I like.

To jazz up the burgers even more, I suggest topping them with my homemade guacamole. Have you tried my homemade guacamole recipe yet? It is the BEST and I hope you’ll give it a go. I always get mad compliments when people try my guacamole – and that’s the honest, goodness truth. Yes, it’s that good! (Get my homemade guacamole recipe here).

I also served the Whole30 spicy turkey burger alongside some roasted fingerling potato fries (roasted with some avocado oil and Kosher salt and pepper).

I love everything about this recipe – the fresh guacamole, the spicy turkey burger, and the yummy roasted potatoes on the side. I hope you, too, enjoy this wonderful Whole30 meal. It’s a keeper – for sure!

Spicy Turkey Burgers

Delicious spicy quarter pound turkey burgers! I use Weber All Natural Blazin' Burger Seasoning, but you can use your favorite seasoning, or mix it up and do a few different ones for variety throughout the week. Add a side of vegetables and a whole grain bun (or other healthy carb) for a complete meal!

² Ingredients

  • 60 oz, raw (yield after cooking) Ground Turkey
  • 15 serving (serving = 1 serving (76 g)) Cooked Carrots
  • 1 tbsp, leaves Basil (Dried)
  • 1 small Onions
  • 15 serving (serving = 1 bun) Cobblestone Mill 100% Whole Grain Wheat Hamburger Buns
  • 15 serving (serving = 1/4 tsp) Weber Grill Creations Gourmet Burger Seasoning
  • 2 serving (serving = 1/2 second spray) PAM Original No-Stick Cooking Spray

Q Directions

Finely chop the onion.
Knead onion and basil into the ground turkey until well mixed.
Divide seasoned meat into 15 equal portions and shape. (I find it easiest to divide it into thirds first, then each third into five burgers.)
Turn on large griddle to approximately 250 degrees Fahrenheit and spray lightly with nonstick cooking spray.
Put spicy burger seasoning into a small bowl.
gently lay each burger in the seasoning on one side, then the other. Gently brush off excess seasoning (or sprinkle sparingly on top for less spicy burgers)
Cook burgers approximately 15 minutes on each side. (Cook times may vary. Cook meat thoroughly.)

Spicy Black Bean Turkey Burgers with Cumin-Avocado Spread

These turkey burgers do have a little kick to them. If you’re not one for spicy foods, just eliminate the Jalapeño pepper and cayenne from the burger mix and pick a Cheddar or Swiss cheese to melt on top.

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Spicy Black Bean Turkey Burgers with Cumin-Avocado Spread


  • 1 cup canned black beans drained and rinsed
  • ¾ pound ground turkey
  • 2 tablespoons minced red onion
  • 1 Jalapeño pepper seeded and minced
  • 2 tablespoons plain breadcrumbs
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • olive or vegetable oil
  • 2 slices pepper Jack cheese
  • toasted burger rolls sliced tomatoes, lettuce leaves


  1. Place the black beans in a large bowl and smash them slightly with the back of a fork. Add the ground turkey, red onion, Jalapeño pepper, breadcrumbs, salt, chili powder and cayenne pepper. Mix with your hands to combine all the ingredients and then shape them into 2 patties. Brush both sides of the burger patties with a little olive or vegetable oil.
  2. Pre-heat the air fryer to 380ºF.
  3. Transfer the burgers to the air fryer basket and air-fry for 20 minutes, flipping them over halfway through the cooking process. Top the burgers with the pepper Jack cheese (securing the slices to the burgers with a toothpick) for the last 2 minutes of the cooking process.
  4. While the burgers are cooking, make the cumin avocado spread. Place the avocado, lime juice, cumin and salt in food processor and process until smooth. (For a chunkier spread, you can mash this by hand in a bowl.) Stir in the cilantro and season with freshly ground black pepper. Chill the spread until you are ready to serve.
  5. When the burgers have finished cooking, remove them from the air fryer and let them rest on a plate, covered gently with aluminum foil. Brush a little olive oil on the insides of the burger rolls. Place the rolls, cut side up, into the air fryer basket and air-fry at 400°F for 1 minute to toast and warm them.
  6. Spread the cumin-avocado spread on the rolls and build your burgers with lettuce and sliced tomatoes and any other ingredient you like. Serve warm with a side of sweet potato fries.
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Sweet and Spicy Turkey Burgers

Quick cooking, low fat turkey burgers make a great weeknight dinner any time of year.  These are moist and flavorful with the addition of your favorite barbecue sauce.  Serve with Sweet Potato Wedges


  • 1½ pounds ground turkey
  • 1 cup store-bought barbeque sauce, plus more for serving
  • 1 cup plain bread crumbs
  • ½ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • Cooking Spray
  • 6 whole wheat buns, split in half
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Regular or Lite Mayonnaise


1. In a large bowl, combine ground turkey, barbeque sauce, bread crumbs, brown sugar, egg, salt, and pepper.

2. Form into 6 patties place on a plate and chill in the fridge for 10 minutes.

3. Lightly spray a grill pan with cooking spray and heat pan over medium heat. Grill burgers about 7 minutes on each side or until cooked through.

4. Serve on whole wheat buns with lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, barbeque sauce, and Sweet Potato Wedges

Recipe Courtesy of Quick & Kosher: Meals in Minutes by Jamie Geller (Feldheim 2010)

Stack on the condiments.

Don&apost be afraid to load up your turkey burgers! Think about pairing flavors that will go well with the lighter turkey meat and the seasoning mixture you&aposve used. I love topping my turkey burgers with goat cheese, roasted red peppers, arugula, a sunny-side-up egg, and spicy aioli. With all these dynamic flavors and textures, I often opt to skip the bun.

These simple turkey burgers will become a staple in your weeknight dinner repertoire. They&aposre easy to prepare, endlessly customizable, low-calorie, and great for the whole family. Once again, we prove that we really can&apost live without mayonnaise.

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