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Mexican Turkey Burgers

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Kevin and I just returned from a 4-day trip to Chicago filled with sight seeing and eating  – A LOT of eating. Now that we’re back in NY, we both agreed that a serious detox is in order.

Being that Tuesdays are for tacos, which are not part of the diet plan, I thought I’d take some taco ingredient staples and add them to a low-cal, bunless (sigh) turkey burger. Topped them off with some fresh guac and they were on the table in less than 20! Dare I say we didn’t miss the tacos? Fine, maybe a little, but these guys now have a firm spot within the weeknight dinner rotation and not just on Tuesday.

A few of notes: 

I love the cheese on the inside with this recipe – it adds a great caramelized crust to the burgers as it melts vs. adding it on top. 

Pre-packaged taco seasoning will totally work here instead – I would skip the extra sea salt. 

Not feeling the grill tonight? Bake in a 425º F. oven for 10 minutes. 

Mexican Turkey Burgers

Prep time: 15 mins | Yield: 9 medium sized patties 

Here’s what you’ll need:

      • 1 tbsp. olive oil
      • 1 lb. lean ground turkey
      • ½ red onion, diced
      • 2 jalapeno peppers, ribs & seeds removed, diced
      • 1 bell pepper, ribs & seeds removed, diced
      • 2 tbsp. cilantro, chopped
      • 1 can black beans, rinsed & dried
      • ½ cup salsa verde
      • 1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
      • 2 tsp. smoked paprika
      • 2 tsp. chili powder
      • 2 tsp. garlic salt
      • 1 tsp. cumin
      • 1 tsp. onion powder
      • 1 tsp. sea salt
      • pinch black pepper

How to make ’em:

Heat olive oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add diced red onion and jalapeno and cook just five minutes until lightly browned and opaque. Set aside to cool.

In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and spices until just combined and divide into 9 patties (or less if you like ’em bigger). Heat grill pan over medium heat, brush with olive oil, and grill patties for 5 minutes until they’re golden brown on both sides and cooked through.

Garnish with your favorite taco fixings and ENJOY!

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