These turkey burgers are colorful and delicious! I like to use ground turkey for a lean, high-protein patty. Paired with veggies, beans, and lots of seasonings, these turkey burgers can rival a beef burger. I top mine with fresh tomatoes, lettuce, and creamy avocados. Although avocados are full of healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals, if you skip that ingredient, it’ll decrease your burger by about 50 calories. I prefer to include the avocados to add moisture to my burger, but feel free to still use any of your favorite, healthy condiments, too!

Southwest Turkey Burgers

Prep Time

20 min

Cook Time

10 min

Total Time

30 min

Recipe Type: Turkey

Serving Size: 1 burger

Makes 4 servings



  • 1 pound lean ground turkey (94% percent)
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, finely diced
  • ½ red pepper, finely diced
  • ¼ red onion, finely diced
  • ¼ cup corn
  • ¼ cup black beans, cooked
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ cup whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons flour


  • 1 large tomato, sliced
  • 4 romaine lettuce leaves
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 4 whole wheat buns


  1. Mix together all patty ingredients except flour in a large bowl. Form the turkey mixture into eight patties.
  2. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the formed patties in freezer.
  3. Oil flat top, skillet, or grill, then preheat. (Cooking on a flat top will make for a juicier burger.)
  4. Sprinkle each side of the frozen burgers with flour. (This keeps the burger juicy and sears in the flavors.)
  5. Cook until the internal temperature reaches 165°F. Try not to flip the patties too much—this will cause them to crumble.
  6. Assemble the burgers with a patty, tomato, lettuce leaf, and a slice of avocado on a wheat bun. Enjoy!


Calories 420 (140 from fat)
Total fat 15g
Saturated fat 2g
Cholesterol 60mg
Sodium 350mg
Carbohydrate 43g (10g dietary fiber, 7g sugar)
Protein 32g


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