Jalapeno Turkey Burgers

This recipe is a modification from my classic turkey burgers in that it provides a bit more kick.  The heat factor is fairly moderate, but that will vary depending on how hot and how many jalapenos used.

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of ground turkey (usually, 1 1/4 lbs)
  • 1/3 of large red onion, minced
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-2 fresh jalapenos, minced
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • dash of hot sauce
  • salt and pepper
  • pepper jack cheese
  • hamburger buns
  • sliced tomatoes

Directions:

  1. Preheat outdoor grill, indoor electric grill or grill pan.  Spray or coat with oil if not nonstick.
  2. Scramble egg in medium sized mixing bowl.  Add ground turkey, red onion, garlic, jalapenos and spices.  Mix gently with hands, try not to over mix as this will cause the meat to break up into fine pieces.  During the mixing process slowly add the breadcrumbs.  The egg and breadcrumbs help hold the turkey together, while retaining moisture.
  3. Gently form into 4-5 burger patties. The meat needs to be packed fairly tight to not fall apart, but not over packed to cause dry firm burgers.
  4. Grill on high heat for 5 to 10 minutes per side or to 165° F internal temperature.  It is important not to flip or move the burgers until the first side has created a crust along the grill grates.
  5. Melt pepper jack cheese on top during last few minutes of grilling.
  6. Add fresh sliced tomatoes and turkey burger to a bun.  Enjoy!
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08 2009

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