Outside-In Southwest Turkey Cheddar Burger

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I love southwest flavors. I could easily eat foods that fall under that category all day. I saw this burger and immediately wanted to try it. Since trying out a few different recipes last year, I almost prefer to use ground turkey instead of ground beef in a burger. ::gasp:: Yes, I actually said that. I'm sure it would make my doctor happy to hear though.

However, I live with a true carnivore who doesn't think a burger should be called a burger unless there is red meat between the patties. So don't worry, we will never become a fully turkey-burger only household. 



Outside-In Southwest Turkey Cheddar Burgers
Source: Eat More of What You Love, p. 137
Servings: 4
Ingredients: 
    • 4 oz. can diced green chiles, divided
    • 1/2 cup reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
    • 1 lb. ground turkey 
    • 3 tbsp. bread crumbs
    • 2 tbsp. onion, minced
    • 1/2 tsp. cumin
    • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
    • 1/2 tsp. pepper
    • 4 whole wheat burger buns
    • 4 large lettuce leaves
    • 4 tomato slices
    • sliced avocado or guacamole, optional 
Directions:
1. Preheat a grill to high. 
2. Measure 1/4 cup of the green chiles and place in a bowl with the cheddar cheese. Stir to combine. 
3. In a large bowl, combine the remaining chiles, ground turkey, bread crumbs, onion, cumin, garlic powder and pepper. Form into 4 large patties, then divide each patty in half and flatten. 
4. Place a large spoonful of the chile/cheese mixture in the center of the patty. Top with the other patty and press to seal the edges well. Repeat with remaining patties, then place all patties on a plate and refrigerate for at least 10 minutes. 
5. Grill the burgers for 3-4 minutes on each side or until cooked through. Toast the burger buns. 
6. Assemble the burger by placing the lettuce and tomato on the bottom bun, followed by the burger. Top with avocado slices or spread guacamole on the top bun. 

These were some damn tasty burgers! I really enjoyed them even though, as usual, my cheese escaped through the sides of the burger. I need to figure out a better way to do this. Then again, I'm not the one on clean up duty so I guess it doesn't really matter. ;-)

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