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Green Chile Turkey Burgers

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Make these Green Chile Turkey Burgers for your next backyard barbecue. These lower-fat burgers include ingredients that pack major flavor and are just as tasty as any other burger you’ve tried!

Try my Grilled Salmon Burgers or Juicy Lucy Burgers (with goat cheese) next!

Side view of a grilled turkey burger with lettuce, tomato, and pepper jack cheese.

Best Turkey Burgers

I enjoy using ground turkey in many of my recipes, like in my Deconstructed Stuffed Peppers, Sweet Potato Turkey Chili, and a simple Cheesy Turkey Taco Skillet. To me, it tastes very similar to ground beef.

When it comes to burgers, ground turkey needs more doctoring up than beef. Which is why I’ve added a handful of ingredients to this recipe for extra flavor. And believe me, it works!

Why we love this recipe!

  • Simple. Just four ingredients plus seasonings to your perfect burger.
  • Full of flavor. The green chiles and handful of seasonings add incredible flavor.
  • Impressive. While these are simple, they make an impressive burger for family and friends. Add grilled buns and all the condiments for a great burger!
  • Great left over. These make the best patty melts. Slice them in half (the long way) and grill between two places of sourdough bread, along with some grilled onions and extra cheese.
Side shot of a halved grilled turkey burger, with a bowl of mustard.

Ingredient Notes

  • Ground Turkey – For four 6-ounce burgers, you’ll need about 24 ounces.
  • Green Chiles – I used the hot version of canned chiles and they added incredible flavor without being too spicy.
  • Red Onion – Minced red onion adds even more flavor.
  • Breadcrumbs – Just a bit of breadcrumbs will help hold the burgers together.
  • Seasonings – Garlic powder, ground cumin, red pepper flakes, kosher salt, and freshly ground black pepper.
A bowl of the turkey burger ingredients, separated by ingredient.

How to make Green Chile Turkey Burgers:

Step 1
Combine ingredients. In a mixing bowl, combine the burger ingredients – the ground turkey, green chiles, red onion, breadcrumbs, and seasonings (garlic powder, ground cumin, red pepper flakes, kosher salt, and freshly ground black pepper).

Step 2
Form patties. Use your hands to gently combine the ingredients and form four patties. Place on a baking sheet and press your thumb in the middle of each patty.

Step 3
Light grill. Prep an outdoor grill to 400 degrees. We love using our Big Green Egg.

Step 4
Grill burgers. Grill turkey burgers until done, or until a digital thermometer reaches 160 degrees (allowing for a few degrees of carry over cooking).

Step 5
Finish burgers. Top each burger with some pepper jack cheese (or cheese of your choice). Add burgers to some grilled buns!

NOTE: Turkey is done when it reaches 165 degrees F on a digital thermometer. I always take it off at around 160 to allow for a few more degrees of carry-over cooking.

Can I use hatch chiles in turkey burgers?

Hatch chiles are a type of green chile grown in New Mexico that has a crisp, sweet and smoky flavor. They are normally in season in August and you can either roast hatch chiles in the oven or purchase canned hatch chiles.

I’ve used different versions of canned Green Chiles, but plan to use the fresh hatch chiles in season.

What to serve with Grilled Turkey Burgers:

A turkey burger with a knife in the middle.

More Grilling Recipes

We love using our Big Green Egg or our Memphis Smoker for our outdoor grilling. I’ve got lots of ideas for you to try, including the following!

No grill? No problem! You can also make these indoors in a cast iron skillet. Just make sure you check for doneness with a digital thermometer. You want them cooked through like you do with chicken!

Overhead shot of a finished turkey burger with tomatoes, lettuce and cheese.

xoxo ~Sue

Side view of a grilled turkey burger with green chiles.

Green Chile Turkey Burgers

Make these Green Chile Turkey Burgers for your next backyard barbecue. These lower-fat burgers include ingredients that pack major flavor and are just as tasty as any other burger you've tried!
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Course: Main Dish, Sandwich
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 burgers
Calories: 221kcal
Author: Sue Ringsdorf

Ingredients

  • 24 oz. ground turkey – 93% lean
  • 4 oz. Green Chiles – drained
  • 1/4 cup red onion – minced
  • 1/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper – to taste
  • cheese slices – we used pepper jack
  • hamburger buns (grilled) – to serve
  • lettuce, tomato, mustard – condiments to serve

Instructions

  • Combine ingredients. In a mixing bowl, combine the burger ingredients – the ground turkey, green chiles, red onion, breadcrumbs, and seasonings (garlic powder, ground cumin, red pepper flakes, kosher salt, and freshly ground black pepper).
  • Form patties. Use your hands to gently combine the ingredients and form four patties. Place on a baking sheet and press your thumb in the middle of each patty.
  • Light grill. Prep an outdoor grill to 400 degrees.
  • Grill burgers. Grill turkey burgers until done, or until a digital thermometer reaches 160 degrees (allowing for a few degrees of carry over cooking).
  • Finish burgers. Top each burger with some pepper jack cheese (or cheese of your choice). Add burgers to some grilled buns along with some lettuce and tomato (or other condiments).

Notes

**Turkey is done when it reaches 165 degrees F on a digital thermometer. I always take it off at around 160 to allow for a few more degrees of carry-over cooking.
No grill? No problem! You can also make these indoors in a cast iron skillet. Just make sure you check for doneness with a digital thermometer. You want them cooked through like you do with chicken!

Nutrition

Calories: 221kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 218mg | Potassium: 542mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 191IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 2mg
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