Juicy, healthy turkey burgers for your Memorial Day BBQ? I’m thinking YES!
I’m excited to share this recipe with you because Tony makes his first video appearance on Ambitious Kitchen. Give him a kudos because he was such a trooper during the process, and be sure to watch the full video below because they’re are some fun moments involved (including Tony referencing Forrest Gump).
I don’t know about you guys, but I LOVE TURKEY BURGERS. In fact, more than regular burgers because I love the flavor. And guess what? These jalapeño turkey burgers ARE INSANE. They’re loaded with curry spices, turmeric, jalapeño, fresh cilantro and an addicting curry tahini sauce that’s going to BLOW YOUR MIND.
I know that burgers may seem complicated, especially if you’re new to cooking them, but I promise you they’re super easy and hopefully this video (and the gorgeous photos) will convince you to make them ASAP!
Tips for making the best healthy turkey burgers
To make a delicious turkey burger, it’s important to use plenty of herbs and spices to ensure that it packs in more flavor. My go-to everyday turkey burger is a mix of cooked diced onions, cumin, cayenne pepper, garlic, a little dijon mustard and salt and pepper. It’s delicious!
To ensure the burgers stay moist and juicy, you don’t want to use too lean of turkey meat, otherwise the burger will most likely dry out and lack the juiciness of a burger we all know and love. I recommend 94% lean ground turkey to still keep the burger lean and healthy. And if you want them to stay extra moist, you can try and use 1/2 cup shredded zucchini in the burgers (just make sure you squeeze it of excess moisture).
This burger recipe doesn’t require an egg, but if you feel like you may need one to help bind them together, then you can add 1 egg and 1/4 cup breadcrumbs of choice (I love panko).
How to cook healthy turkey burgers
To make your turkey burgers on the grill: Preheat outdoor grill to medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate. Once grill is hot, add burger patties and cook until turkey is no longer pink, about 4-5 minutes per side. If you want to add cheese, turn off the grill, add cheese to each patty and close the grill lid for 1-2 minutes longer, or until cheese has melted. Serve immediately. Burgers are done when a meat thermometer reaches 165 degrees F.
How to make turkey burgers on the stove (in a skillet or nonstick pan): Add 1/2 tablespoon oil to a nonstick skillet. Cook burgers over medium heat for 4-5 minutes per side, or until no longer pink. Burgers are done when a meat thermometer reaches 165 degrees F.
How to meal prep turkey burgers
I LOVE making turkey burgers for meal prep because they’re so easy and delicious. Simply cook burgers according to the recipe, then allow them to cool to room temperature before transferring to a meal prep container. Once ready to serve, reheat in the microwave for about 1 minute on high. Serve with buns or lettuce wraps! For a full meal, I love these with roasted sweet potato wedges.
I hope you enjoy these burgers as much as we do. You can serve them on buns or in lettuce wraps. They’re a great healthy alternative to beef and if you’re able to find it, try buying organic turkey.
What to serve with healthy turkey burgers:
See how to make the jalapeño curry turkey burgers:
Jalapeño Curry Turkey Burgers
- For the burgers:
- 1 pound 94% lean ground turkey
- 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
- 1 jalapeño, finely diced (seeds included or leave out seeds if you don't like spicy food)
- ¼ cup finely diced cilantro
- ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- ½ teaspoon yellow curry powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- For the sauce:
- 2 tablespoons tahini
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 clove garlic, finely minced
- 1/2 teaspoon pure maple syrup, to sweeten
- 1/2 teaspoon yellow curry powder
- ½ tablespoon freshly grated ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1-2 tablespoons warm water, to thin sauce
- To serve:
- 4 buns or lettuce wraps
- Red onion slices
- Extra cilantro
- Preheat grill to medium high heat or about 400 degrees Lightly oil grill grate.
- In a large bowl, add the lean ground turkey, garlic, jalapeno, cilantro, turmeric, cumin, yellow curry powder, salt and pepper. Mix together with clean hands and form 4 large patties, about 1/3 inch thick. Sprinkle patties with a little more salt and pepper. Place burgers on the grill and cook for 5 minutes per side or until completely cooked and no longer pink. A meat thermometer should reach 165 degrees F.
- While the burgers are cooking you can make the sauce: In a small bowl, mix together the tahini, lemon juice, garlic, maple syrup, yellow curry powder, ginger, turmeric, cayenne pepper and salt and pepper. Add water to thin, if necessary.
- Place each patty in a bun of choice or lettuce wrap, drizzle with a little sauce then garnish with red onion and cilantro, or whatever your heart desires! Enjoy. Makes 4 burgers.
To cook in a skillet or nonstick pan: Add 1/2 tablespoon oil to a nonstick skillet. Cook burgers over medium heat for 4-5 minutes per side, or until no longer pink. Burgers are done when a meat thermometer reaches 165 degrees F.