Jalapeno Turkey Burger with Cheddar

By Laura Fiebert | Updated: June 6, 2022

    Turkey burgers are always a delicious alternative to red meat and are perfect for throwing on the grill for a summer meal. You can add any ingredients to get different flavors.

    Today I made Cheddar Turkey Burgers With A Jalapeño Pesto. I usually add grilled jalapeños into the ground meat, but today I’m trying a pesto sauce on top. It was really delicious and pretty spicy. The recipe below is for 2 burgers.

    What You’ll Need:

    • 1 large fresh jalapeño, seeded and coarsely chopped
    • 4 tablespoons coarsely chopped cilantro
    • 1 large garlic cloves
    • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
    • 1 tablespoon water
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
    • Kosher salt
    • 1/2 pound of ground turkey (or any beef)
    • 1/4 cup of cheddar cheese
    • Freshly ground pepper
    • 2 buns
    • Olive oil, for brushing or Spray
    • 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise


    What to do:

    For the Sauce:

    In a blender, combine the fresh jalapeños with 3 tablespoons of cilantro, the garlic, lime juice, water, and a large pinch of salt and ground cumin. Puree sauce until smooth.


    For the Burger:

    Mix the turkey with the cheese and the remaining cilantro in a medium bowl and sprinkle with cumin.

    Cheddar Turkey Burger

    Make two patties about 3/4 inch thick and season them with salt and pepper.

    Bring your fire to medium-hot and brush the grates with some olive oil if you’re using a grill. Grill the burgers for about 10 minutes, 5 minutes on each side. When they are done, remove them from the grill.

    I cooked inside, so I baked the burgers in the oven for about 20 minutes at 375 degrees F. Then browned them in the pan stove top for 2-3 minutes on each side.

    Cheddar Turkey Burger

    Spray or brush your buns with oil and toast them in the oven or grill for a few minutes.

    Spread a thin layer of mayonnaise on one side of the buns. Spoon some of the jalapeño sauce on the burgers and top with lettuce, and serve.

    Cheddar Turkey Burger