Chipotle Cheddar Turkey Burgers Recipe


For the burgers:

  • 1 lb ground turkey (93% lean for healthier option)
  • 1-2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, finely chopped (adjust for heat preference)
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika (optional, for extra smokiness)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

For serving:

  • 4 hamburger buns (whole wheat, brioche, or your preference)
  • Toppings of your choice: sliced tomato, avocado, red onion, lettuce, chipotle mayo, etc.


Make the burger mixture: In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey, chipotle peppers, cheddar cheese, cilantro, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika (if using), salt, and pepper. Mix gently until all ingredients are evenly incorporated. Don’t overwork the meat.

Form the patties: Divide the turkey mixture into four equal portions. Shape them into patties about ½-inch thick.

Cook the burgers:

  • Grill: Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Grill the burgers for 5-6 minutes per side, or until cooked through and the internal temperature reaches 165°F.
  • Skillet: Heat a large skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat. Add a little oil and cook the burgers for 5-6 minutes per side, or until cooked through.

Melt the cheese (optional): During the last minute of cooking, top each burger with an extra slice of cheddar cheese and let it melt.

Assemble the burgers: Toast the buns if desired. Assemble your burgers with the patties, your favorite toppings, and any desired sauces.


  • Cheese stuffing: For an extra gooey experience, form a slight indentation in the center of each patty and place a small cube of cheddar cheese there before sealing the edges.
  • Avocado crema: Mash half an avocado with a squeeze of lime juice, a dollop of sour cream, and a pinch of salt for a delicious and cooling topping.
  • Spice it up: Add a pinch of cayenne pepper or some diced jalapeño to the burger mixture for a spicier kick.

Enjoy your delicious and flavorful Chipotle Cheddar Turkey Burgers!


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