Mexican Spiced Turkey Burgers

My husband and I had a busy and fun weekend!  I was excited to try out several new recipes this weekend, and I love enjoying company and cooking for others, as well.  On Saturday, I made Mexican Spiced Turkey Burgers from I Don’t Go To The Gym’s Blog.  We had a couple over from our old church, and their 3 kids (only the adults ate the burgers – the kids had hot dogs).  It was the husband’s first time EVER eating a turkey burger.  I am just flabergasted when I hear things like that, because it is so normal to me!  But then I remember, I didn’t eat turkey burgers as a kid or while growing up – probably once I really started cooking is when I started eating turkey burgers.  My husband also didn’t eat them before I came into his life! 😉

Our friends’ kids also don’t spend a lot of time around pets, and it was just adorable to see them so enamored with the cat and lizard, and even afraid of our sweet little dog!  It was cute to see them warm up to him, petting him, then proudly telling their parents that they were able to.  At first I was worried that we wouldn’t have enough to keep the kids busy, but with having 6 pets and a little play area outside, it turned out to be great for the 2, 4, and 6 year olds!
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Going back to these Mexican turkey burgers…I have had this recipe saved for about a year now, just kind of waiting to make it.  It involves SO MUCH STUFF.  Nothing really expensive or out of the ordinary, but it’s definitely a trashed up or fancied up burger.  I even had to text my friend ahead of time to make sure she was ok with it, or if they prefer “normal” burgers.  As many people know, I RARELY make a normal burger. 😉

There are some changes I would recommend from the original recipe – the original recipe says to use one pound of ground turkey to make 6 patties…um…how is that even possible?  Sometimes it can be difficult enough to make 4 patties out of one pound of meat!  I ended up using 1.25lbs (it was on sale for cheaper than the 1lb package!) and made 5 burgers.  Also, there is SO MUCH additional stuff in these burgers, that I actually had to cut it down a bit, because there would be literally almost no burger and all filling (which I suppose may have been their point, but it’s kind of hard to grill filling with minimal burger).  As it was, we had to grill these on foil (make sure to spray your foil!), so that they wouldn’t fall apart between the grates.  Also, I omitted the jalapeno (but kept the bell pepper – and my husband didn’t mind! Score!).  I also only used half a red onion, to save for a yummy watermelon salsa I also made (check the blog soon for that recipe), and only used half of the red bell pepper because, again, there was just so much filling.

Despite all the filling and despite all the changes – these were YUMMY burgers.  I mean it.  So filling, so flavourful, dripping with flavours.  My friend (the wife) said that she loved the “pockets” of cheese in the burger, and the husband said that he really liked it too!  Sure, he might have just said that to be polite, but he ate the whole thing, which I think says something. 😉

For the recipe below, I am going to post using my alterations, from what I can remember, but if you’d like to compare and contrast, definitely check out the original recipe – feel free to make it your own!

Bonus: we used fresh cilantro from our garden! Yay!
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Mexican Spiced Turkey Burgers

serves 4

Ingredients
-1lb lean ground turkey
-1/2 or 1 chopped red bell pepper
-1/2 or 1 chopped small red onion
-1/2 cup frozen corn
-1tbsp olive oil
-1-2tbsp cumin
-1-2tbsp chili powder
-4 garlic cloves, minced
-1 handful cilantro, chopped
-1 lime
-1 egg white
-1/4cu panko (I used a little more)
-4tbsp Mexican cheese blend
-buns

Directions
-Add one tbsp olive oil to saute pan over medium heat, then add red pepper, onion, garlic, frozen corn, 1 tbsp cumin, and 1 tbsp chili powder to saute pan. Saute until golden brown. Add juice from one lime and mix to combine flavors.
-In a mixing bowl combine lean ground turkey with the veggie mixture. Add remaining cumin and chili powder (if you want to – 1tbsp of each was actually pretty decent). Mix in chopped cilantro, panko, and egg white.
-Form patties, stuffing some cheese into the center, and then fold the meat around.
-Either grill or use saute pan with non-stick olive oil spray. Cook on medium high heat for 5-7 minutes each side
-Top with condiments of your choice, on the buns, and serve.

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