Southwest Grilled Turkey Burgers

Turkey burgers can be really dry, and I guess that’s part of the reason they are not a tasty as a beef burgers. Since we love Mexican and southwest flavors, I thought I could doctor up some ground turkey, to make a healthy, yet tasty, southwest grilled turkey burger.

Southwest Grilled Turkey Burgers

Plated Burger ~ Turkey Burgers ~

I was thinking about meatloaf without the extra bread. Adding peppers, onions and chili seasonings to give this burger a ton of extra flavor.

Raw Burgers on the grill ~ Southwest Turkey Burgers ~

I made sure the grill was very hot and grilled the burgers on each side for about 5 minutes or until they were cooked through.

Cooked Southwest Turkey Burgers ~ Turkey Burgers ~

This recipe uses a pound of turkey, but when you add in the onions and peppers it makes four, nice sized burgers.

Southwest Turkery Burger ~ Turkey Burgers ~

They were so flavorful, and do you know what condiment we used instead of your typical ketchup and mustard? Sour cream! It went so well with this burger, and added just right amount of creaminess to make the dish perfect.

How about slices of avocado or guacamole as a condiment? I think either would  be fabulous on this burger.

If you are a big fan of Mexican and/or Southwest flavors, you might also enjoy my Chicken and Black Bean Casserole recipe. Summer is around the corner and that means lots of cooking on the grill.



Southwest Grilled Turkey Burgers

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped peppers hot or mild or both
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped sweet onion
  • 1 large clove of garlic grated
  • 1 teaspoon chli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 t chopped basil leaves cilantro would be good too


  1. Heat grill on high.
  2. Combine all ingredients and pat out four burgers
  3. Grilled on high heat for about 5 minutes on each side.
  4. Serve on a bun with lettuce, tomato, and sour cream.



This recipe for grilled turkey burgers is easy and a healthy alternative to beef. Southwest ingredients like peppers and cumin give this dish an rich taste.

About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Hearth and Vine, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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