May 6, 2022

Juicy Jalapeño Turkey Burgers

These juicy and thick jalapeño turkey burgers will change your mind on turkey burgers. If you've made or had dry turkey burgers in the past, you're not alone! But these ones are different. Loaded with jalapeños, shredded red onion, cilantro and spices, these are juicy, moist and so delicious! The other secret is adding mayonnaise into the burger patties along with an egg to hold it together. Top it with some sliced cheddar cheese and avocado and get ready to fall in love. These are also perfect for prepping ahead of time, and keeping in the freezer for a quick weeknight meal too.

jalapeño turkey burgers


The ingredient list may look a little long, but the burgers come together fairly quick and only require a chill time of 30 minutes to help them stay firm and hold their shape.

  • Mayonnaise
  • Chipotles in adobo
  • Lime juice and zest
  • Ground turkey: look for something that is around 93% lean and a mix of white and dark meat
  • Egg
  • Spices: smoked paprika, ancho chili powder, cumin and kosher salt
  • Garlic cloves
  • Red onion
  • Jalapeño peppers
  • Cilantro
  • Burger buns
  • Cheddar cheese: optional, for topping
  • Napa cabbage: or use another type of cabbage or shredded lettuce
  • Avocado: for topping, it's optional
jalapeño turkey burgers

How to Make

Making these turkey burgers are really straightforward, but prepping ahead of time will save you time in the kitchen. Because you want to chill the patties before cooking, you can prep them up to 24 hours in advance.

First, let's make the chipotle mayonnaise. Because we're using this as a topping on the burger and also using it in the turkey mixture as well.

In a blender, combine all of the ingredients and blend until smooth. Place it in the fridge until ready to use.

Next, in a large bowl, combine the ground turkey with the egg and mix gently to combine with a spatula.

Then, add in all of the remaining ingredients and stir to combine.

turkey burger mixture in a bowl

Form into patties, weighing 6 oz each. Use a digital kitchen scale to weigh them out if you have one. These are on the larger side. Don't press too much, just shape them and place them on a plate and cover. Refrigerate for 30 minutes, up to 24 hours.

burgers on lined baking sheet

How to Cook Juicy Jalapeño Turkey Burgers

You can cook these jalapeño turkey burgers inside on a skillet (and finish them in the oven), my preferred method for cooking inside. Or, you can of course grill them on a BBQ.

If cooking on the stovetop, here's what to do:

  • Preheat your oven.
  • Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and add a small splash of avocado oil.
  • Once the skillet is hot, cook the turkey burgers for three to four minutes per side, until charred and browned on each side.
  • Transfer them to the oven in the skillet or on a baking sheet. Cook for nine to ten minutes, until cooked through to 165℉. Top with a slice of cheese during the last minute in the oven.

How to BBQ:

  • Grease the BBQ with a bit of oil.
  • Cook your jalapeño turkey burgers over high heat for about five minutes, with the lid closed.
  • Flip and cook for another five minutes, until cooked through.
  • Add cheese slices on top during the last 30 seconds.
jalapeño turkey burgers

Tips to Make Juicy and Flavourful Turkey Burgers

  • Don't overwork the patties: once the mixture is just combined, mold into patties with your hands, but don't overwork them. They don't need to be perfectly round, just be sure to weigh them so they are all the correct weight.
  • Grate the onion and garlic: Grating the red onion and garlic adds a little more moisture, plus it also melds into the mixture better and there aren't large chunks in the patties.
  • Add the mayo: the chipotle mayo adds lots of flavour, but it also adds more moisture and keeps the turkey burgers from drying out.
  • Refrigerate the patties: this helps the patties hold together better so they won't fall apart when cooking.
  • Don't overcook: use a meat thermometer to ensure the burgers aren't overcooked. Once they reach 165℉ they are cooked. Let them rest for a few minutes before serving.
jalapeño turkey burgers


  • Less spice/heat: remove the seeds from the jalapeños before adding to the turkey burger mixture. Use less chipotles in adobo for the mayo, or skip them and just add some of the sauce from the can of chipotles.
  • Spices: use your favourite Tex-Mex, or taco seasoning if you'd like.
  • Ancho Chili Powder: I prefer the taste of ancho chili powder, but regular chili powder works too.
  • No buns: serve it on lettuce instead
  • No dairy: use a dairy-free cheese, or omit the cheese and use avocado for creaminess.
jalapeño turkey burgers

How to Store Turkey Burgers

  • Leftover cooked turkey burgers can be placed in a sealed container in the fridge for up to two to three days. Reheat in the microwave for 45 seconds, or in the oven at a low temperature, such as 325℉ for five minutes or so.
  • Uncooked turkey burger patties can be frozen for up to three months. Wrap each individual patty in plastic wrap and place in the freezer on a baking sheet. Once frozen, remove from the baking sheet and store in a freezer bag or container for up to three months. Let the defrost overnight in the fridge before cooking.
jalapeño turkey burgers

Meal Prep

These juicy jalapeño turkey burgers are great for meal prepping. You can prepare them in advance and leave the formed patties in the fridge in a sealed container, or on a plate wrapped in plastic wrap up to 24 hours in advance.

Alternatively, cook all the burgers, let them cool and then store them for a quick and easy meal.

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Juicy Jalapeño Turkey Burgers

Say goodbye to bland, dry turkey burgers and a BIG hello to these juicy jalapeño burgers with cheese! After making these, I declared these were the best ever turkey burgers I've ever made (and eaten).




For the chipotle mayo:

For the burgers:

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsps ancho chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 red onion, grated
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, chopped fine
  • 3 tbsps chipotle mayo (from above recipe)
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • zest from 1 lime

For toppings:

  • burger buns, toasted
  • chipotle mayonnaise
  • shredded napa cabbage
  • cheddar cheese, sliced
  • avocado, sliced

For the chipotle mayonnaise:

  1. In a blender or food processor, combine all ingredients and process until smooth. Place in a sealed container and refrigerate until ready to use.

For the burgers:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the turkey and egg and mix with a spatula until just combined.
  2. Add all remaining ingredients and stir well with a spatula to combine.
  3. Form into 6oz patties (these will be large) and place them on a plate (covered) and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, up to a few hours.

For stovetop cooking:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350℉ and line a baking sheet with parchment paper (for easier cleanup). Or if using a cast iron skillet, disregard the baking sheet.
  2. When ready to cook, heat a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Drizzle a small amount of avocado oil in the skillet. Add the patties and cook for three to four minutes, until a crust has formed and then flip and cook for 3 minutes.
  3. Transfer to the baking sheet (or use the same cast iron pan) and place in the oven for nine to ten minutes, until cooked through. During the last minute, top with cheese to melt.

To assemble:

  1. Toast your burger buns.
  2. Slather on some chipotle mayonnaise, followed by cabbage and then the burger. Top with avocado and the top of the burger bun. Enjoy!


Refrigerate the turkey burger mixture: doing this helps the burgers hold together better, especially if grilling.

Make Ahead & Freezing Instructions: you can shape the turkey burger patties up to 24 hours in advance.

BBQ the burgers: make sure that the BBQ is greased. Cook your cold turkey burgers over high heat for about five minutes, with the lid closed. Flip and cook for another five minutes, until cooked through. Add cheese slices on top during the last 30 seconds or so.

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