Updated: Oct 8
· 1 (1 LBS.-1 ½ LBS) Package of Ground Turkey
· 8 Slices of Cooked Turkey Bacon
· 4 Slices of Pepper Jack Cheese
· 4 Kaiser or Onion Burger Buns
· ½ Small Red Pepper, finely diced
· ¼ Cup of Diced Red Onions
· 3 TBS. Spice Spice Baby’s South by Southwest Seasoning Blend
· 2 TSP (2 Cloves) Minced Fresh Garlic
· 1-2 Roasted Red Peppers (found either in canned goods or on the salad bar at the grocery) cut into thin strips.
· Lettuce, Onion and Tomato
· Non-stick pan spray such as Pam.
1. In a medium mixing bowl, mix the ground turkey, finely diced onions, finely diced red pepper, minced garlic and Spice Spice Baby’s South by Southwest Seasoning blend thoroughly.
2. Patty the mixture into 4 burger patties.
3. Spray the patties on both sides with non-stick pan spray. Be generous.
4. Heat a nonstick fry pan or cast-iron skillet over medium heat.
5. Place the burger patties in the pan or skillet and cook on each side for 10 minutes.
Melt the cheese on top of the burgers.
6. Toast your burger buns.
7. Assemble the burger as follows: Bun, burger, 2 slices cooked turkey bacon, roasted red pepper strips, lettuce, onion, tomato.
I like this recipe because it is a healthier version of a flavor filled burger that actually doesn’t suffer from using ground turkey. This burger packs a little heat and a whole lot of southwest vibe with every bite. You can do this burger on the grill; just ensure you spray it generously with the nonstick spray as ground turkey loves to stick to surfaces. I might even rub the grill grates with a paper towel soaked in vegetable oil before starting to make sure it won’t stick.
Occasionally I top this with Guacamole too, as the rich creaminess of the avocado plays well with the turkey and turkey bacon.