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Chipotle Lime Turkey Burgers

Everything you thought you knew about a grilled turkey burger? Throw it out. Unless you knew how to make this incredible chipotle lime turkey burger, somehow. Then you can keep that.

These are the chipotle lime turkey burgers. There is a patty with cheese, spinach, avocado, sauce, and a bun.

Grilled turkey burger

However you feel about turkey burgers, you might have the impression that they're hard to pull off from scratch. There are a million pitfalls leading to dry burgers that fall apart on the grill. I'm glad you're here.

Chipotle lime turkey burger

This chipotle lime turkey burger makes exactly zero compromises: flavor, texture, power—all present in this delicious dish. You're not going to believe how good this one is.

Turkey burger ingredients

  • Ground turkey - What did you expect?
  • Chipotle pepper in adobo sauce - This is the real key to this burger.  
  • Breadcrumbs - Or maybe it's this.
  • Egg - Okay, it's all the key.
  • Lime juice - Flavor city.
  • Garlic and onion powder - More flavor, please.
  • Salt and pepper - flavor achieved.
These are the chipotle lime turkey burgers. There is a patty with cheese, spinach, avocado, sauce, and a bun.

Chipotile lime sauce ingredients

  • Nonfat greek yogurt - Tangy goodness.
  • Chipotle pepper in adobo sauce - Reprising its role.
  • Lime juice - Also returning.
  • Honey - Hidden gem of this sauce.
  • Garlic powder - Can't have too much garlic.
  • Salt - Can have too much salt—but you won't!

How do you make turkey burgers that don't fall apart?

That's the big question! Here's the big answer: it depends. The key with this particular recipe was using the powerful egg-and-breadcrumb mixture to regulate the moisture levels and bind everything together. On top of that, giving it time to set up in the fridge is crucial. Don't skip a step! I promise they'll be done soon.

These are the chipotle lime turkey burgers. There is a plate of turkey burger patties, plate with a turkey burger, and side of sauce.

How to make grilled turkey burger

  • Add all of the burger patty ingredients to a large bowl. Mix well.
  • Form the mixture into burger patties and place in the fridge for 15 mins to let them firm. (To portion, divide into 4ths; for a more exact portion measurement, divide total mixture weight, not including dish, by 4).
  • While the burger patties are refrigerating, add all of the sauce ingredients into a small bowl (or blender). Blend or stir vigorously until sauce reaches the desired consistency.
  • Add burger patties to a heated grill. Grill until patties are cooked thoroughly (an internal temperature of 165 degrees).
  • Serve with a bun, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, sauce, or whatever you love on your burger.
  • Enjoy!

What do you serve with a turkey burger?

These hold up to a classic bun/condiments situation quite well, but don't limit them to just that! They're great on a salad, or even in more creative applications. Let me know what you try!

How long does it take to grill a turkey burger?

This, again, depends on your setup. On the first real test, I think it took 4 mins/side on a hot charcoal grill. We've also done these on a cast iron pan inside.

What temperature do you grill turkey burgers?

The recommended internal temperature for ground turkey is 165F. So, that's what I recommend!

How to store grilled turkey burgers

I was able to toss these in a tupperware container and return to them for leftovers (which I definitely did!).

How to reheat turkey burgers

The microwave is a champ here, though I've yet to try out the oven. Let me know if you do!

These are the chipotle lime turkey burgers. There is a patty with cheese, spinach, avocado, sauce, and a bun. There is also a stack of turkey burgers in the back.

Are turkey burgers healthy?

The macro breakdown definitely makes these chipotle lime turkey burgers healthy for me. With 34g of protein per serving and only 2.6g of fat, I definitely feel great about having these in the rotation for a healthy nutrition plan.

Is a turkey burger healthier than a hamburger?

The extra lean nature of this turkey makes it a healthy choice over certain types of ground beef, but don't expect the turkey-for-beef substitution to magically make something good for you! Look to the other ingredients and the portions, for example.

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Can I have the recipe?

If you try this recipe and love it, please rate it and me know your thoughts! I hope you enjoy this chipotle lime turkey burger!

These are the chipotle lime turkey burgers. There is a patty with cheese, spinach, avocado, sauce, and a bun.
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5 from 24 votes

Chipotle Lime Turkey Burgers

Everything you thought you knew about a grilled turkey burger? Throw it out. Unless you knew how to make this incredible chipotle lime turkey burger, somehow. Then you can keep that.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: burger, turkey burger
Servings: 4
Calories: 231kcal
Author: Jordan Smith

Ingredients

Chipotle Lime Burger

  • 1 lb extra lean ground turkey
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce diced
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • ½ lime juiced
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper

Chipotle Lime Sauce

  • 1 cup nonfat greek yogurt
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp salt

Instructions

  • Add all of the burger patty ingredients to a large bowl. Mix well.
  • Form the mixture into burger patties and place in the fridge for 15 mins to let them firm. (To portion, divide into 4ths; for a more exact portion measurement, divide total mixture weight, not including dish, by 4).
  • While the burger patties are refrigerating, add all of the sauce ingredients into a small bowl (or blender). Blend or stir vigorously until sauce reaches the desired consistency.
  • Add burger patties to a heated grill. Grill until patties are cooked thoroughly (an internal temperature of 165 degrees).
  • Serve with a bun, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, sauce, or whatever you love on your burger.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • Nutrition only includes burger patty & sauce 
  • To make gluten free: Instead of breadcrumbs, use gluten-free breadcrumbs or almond flour
  • To make dairy-free: Use a dairy-free yogurt for the chipotle sauce

Nutrition

Calories: 231kcal | Carbohydrates: 14.1g | Protein: 34.1g | Fat: 2.6g

Recipe Rating




Lauren

Saturday 27th of November 2021

These were good, but the sauce is amazing! Definitely will make again

Tori

Saturday 27th of November 2021

It is hard for me to love a Turkey burger- but these have a great flavor- and it makes more than I need so it is an easy lunch for work!

Katie

Monday 25th of October 2021

Made these for my book club and they were a hit across the board! I added a little mayo to the top for those not into the spicy!

Tracey Bast

Friday 3rd of September 2021

These burgers are so good! So many wonderful flavors all blended together in a healthy little package!

Stephanie

Thursday 12th of August 2021

Wow, the juiciest Turkey burger I’ve ever had! Pairs perfectly with an avocado on top.