Wednesday, July 27, 2011

"Little Kick" Jalapeno Turkey Burger


Looking for a "Little Kick"?  Well, we found it!  Mr. W has been talking about salsa and spicy food all week, I thought this was the perfect fit for him.  Feeling a little snug in my shorts, turkey was a great option.

This burger was easy to make and packed a little punch of flavor and spice.  Mr. W NOT being a lover of anything green, I chopped the jalapeno super fine.  However it was still a tad bit crunchy.  The next time I make this I will precook the jalapeno.  That is what the final recipe reflects.

Em, my darling Em.  She loves spicy food, could be from all the spicy food I ate while I was pregnant. However as soon as this was put in front of her she threw it on the floor. The chips that were served on the side though, they went in her mouth one after the other, Em begged for a taste of Daddy's hot sauce that he was dipping in.  After she had it she kept giving her chips back to him for more hot sauce.  It was adorable.  UNTIL, I saw her eyes get red.  Mommy said "Ok, Em.  I think that is enough hot sauce for today".

Fantastically flavorful and spicy burger light on the calories, perfect summer lunch.  Enjoy!

Yield: 4
Author: Donna Elick
"Little Kick" Jalapeno Turkey Burger

"Little Kick" Jalapeno Turkey Burger

Fantastically flavorful and spicy burger light on the calories, perfect summer lunch. Enjoy!
Prep time: 12 MinTotal time: 12 Min


  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons light beer or water
  • 2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce (I used Frank’s Red Hot Sauce)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 pound extra-lean ground turkey
  • 4 slices 2% pepper Jack cheese
  • 4 Sandwich Thins or rolls
  • 4 tablespoons salsa


  1. In a small skillet over medium heat, add 1/2 tablespoon olive oil, minced garlic and chopped jalapeno. Cook jalapeno and garlic until soft. Remove from skillet and transfer to bowl.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cooked jalapeno, garlic, parsley, beer, hot sauce, salt, pepper and cayenne.
  3. Crumble turkey over mixture and mix well. Divide mixture into 4 equal amounts.
  4. Shape into 4 patties.
  5. If grilling indoors, prepare grill according to manufacturers instructions. I just put my burgers on the grill for 3-5 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer reads 165° and juices run clear.
  6. Top with cheese; grill 1-2 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Serve on rolls with salsa. You can add sour cream and lettuce if you like.




  1. These sound delicious. I love the ingredients you've used and I think you got the heat just right. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  2. I made turkey burgers last night but love the extra kick in your recipe. I bet these were delicious!

  3. Oh, Sean would love it if I added jalapenos to some burgers for him. I'll have to think about that... maybe, just maybe, if I love him enough. ;)

  4. Wow, a toddler who loves spicy!! Go figure! Great recipe, Donna, and congratulations on your following! You're gettin' up there, girl. Way to go!! Keep up the great work!

  5. my husband is going to be all over this one. He loves his burgers and with a kick of jalapeno- wow! Simply delicious!

  6. These look absolutely delicious! Thank you for finding my blog so I could find yours! New follower! xoxo

  7. You've got a little spicy itty bitty! That's hilarious (and fortuitous!) Great turkey burgers :)

  8. Thanks for stopping by my blog with this delicious recipe! I agree that Florida is a better place to visit than to live. I like a place with four seasons myself. We've lived in Southern California, West Texas and Charleston, S.C..
    I love being in the Chicago area now.


  9. Nom noms! Em sounds so cute ^_^ I always neglect turkey when doing burgers, I need to get with it and buy some ground turkey breasts! =)

  10. I love anything with a little kick, great idea.

  11. Your spicy burgers sound excellent! I am on my way to cook burgers for dinner and wish I had some pepper jack and jalapenos on hand!

  12. That burger sounds fantastic. I love the bit of kick!

  13. Great way to boost the heat in turkey burgers!

  14. Extra little kick definitely brings more joy in life!


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