Spicy Turkey Burgers with Pickled Onions

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Spicy Southwest flavors pair with sweet and tangy pickled red onions to create a standout turkey burger. If you’re used to having your burgers made of beef with plenty of melted cheese on top, don’t worry. You won’t be disappointed. Serve with corn on the cob and sweet potato fries.

Spicy Turkey Burgers with Pickled Onions
photographer: Ken Burris
Nutritionist Tested & Approved

Time: 35 minutes

  • Pickled Onions

  • 1 cup red-wine vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

  • 1 small red onion , halved and very thinly sliced

  • 1 pound 93%-lean ground turkey

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper (see Note)

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice

  • 1 teaspoon canola oil

  • 4 whole-wheat buns , split

  • 8 teaspoons reduced-fat mayonnaise

  1. To prepare pickled onions: Whisk vinegar, brown sugar, salt and allspice in a medium glass bowl. Cover and microwave on High until the mixture boils, 2 to 3 minutes. (Alternatively, bring the mixture to a boil in a small saucepan on the stove.) Add onion and toss to coat.

  2. To prepare burgers: Preheat grill to high. Place turkey in a medium bowl and gently mix in cilantro, cumin, ground chipotle, salt and allspice until distributed throughout the meat. Form the mixture into 4 patties. Brush with oil.

  3. Grill the burgers until cooked through and no longer pink in the center, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Toast buns on the grill, if desired.

  4. Drain the onion, discarding the marinade. Spread 2 teaspoons mayonnaise on each bun; top with a burger and pickled onions.

Note: Chipotle peppers are dried, smoked jalapeño peppers. Ground chipotle can be found in the specialty spice section of most supermarkets.

Nutritional Facts

27 g
11 g
Saturated Fat
2 g
26 g
65 mg
Dietary Fiber
4 g
150 mg
738 mg
4 servings
2 starch
3 lean meat
30% daily value
20% dv

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