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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 36 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




Regina Parks

Friday 18th of November 2022

Obsessed with these. So dang good.

Hannah R

Saturday 1st of October 2022

Ive tried many a turkey burger recipe and this one was so simple and so good. My husband said we dont need any other turkey burger recipe anymore. We had a lot of sauce leftover and weve been using it at every meal.

Jordan Smith

Monday 3rd of October 2022

I'm so glad to hear you & your husband love this turkey burger recipe! Turkey burgers are tricky & I love that these hit the mark for y'all. Enjoy!

Angela Formiller

Sunday 19th of June 2022

I just made these for the first time about 2 weeks ago and have made them 3 times since! So easy and yummy. I love that they don’t fall apart like other chicken/turkey burgers do. Plus all the flavor in the sauce.

Jordan Smith

Monday 20th of June 2022

So happy to hear this is better than your typical turkey burger! And I agree, the sauce is IT.

Katrina M

Sunday 19th of June 2022

Easy to make in a pinch, & so good. Added avocado & pineapple on top.

Stephanie Goelz

Friday 17th of June 2022

These burgers are delicious. Even my kids like them.