A Delicious Red Meat Alternative for Your 4th of July BBQ!

Turkey Burgers with Chipotle Sour Cream

Recipe by: Steve Poses | from At Home by Steve Poses
Courtesy of AARP

  • Course: Main Course
  • Total Time: Under 1 Hour
  • Skill Level: Easy
  • Cost: Inexpensive
turkey-burgers-with-chipotle-sour-creamPhoto by Joseph De Leo

Turkey burgers get a bad rap. All it takes to make a memorable turkey burger is the right seasoning—in this case, cumin, chili powder and cilantro for a vibrant Latin flavor. Serve these burgers on a chewy roll with a slice or two of avocado and tomato and a dollop of zippy chipotle sour cream.

Serves 6-8



  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Chipotle sour cream:

  • 2-3 canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, finely chopped (see Notes)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


Do ahead: Burgers and chipotle sour cream can be made one day ahead. Reheat burgers and a 325° oven or serve at room temperature.

1. In a medium bowl, combine garlic, cilantro, turkey, cumin, chili powder and salt. Mix thoroughly. Form turkey mixture into eight patties. Lightly brush burgers with oil.

2. Heat grill and cook burgers on the middle of the grill, cover down, for 4-6 minutes. Turn and continue cooking for another 4-6 minutes.

3. In a small bowl, add chipotle peppers to sour cream in increments, stirring and tasting, to desired heat. Stir in salt and combine thoroughly. Slather burgers with sour cream and serve.


Chipotles in Adobo Sauce:

Chipotles are jalapeños that have been smoked and dried. Chipotles stewed in adobo sauce—tomato, paprika, onions, garlic, bay, oregano and vinegar—make for a warm and smoky condiment with a tough of sour. Cans of chipotles in adobo sauce are readily available in the Mexican section of your supermarket. Though the cans are small, a little of this stuff goes a long way, so it’s not unusual for a partial can to become a long-term resident of your refrigerator. The residual peppers can be frozen to lengthen their shelf life, but better yet, learn to use them more frequently. You can use chipotles to spike your ketchup or season your Bloody Mary. Spread them sparingly on a grilled cheese or use them as a rub for just about any grilled meat.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (What does this all mean?  Check out our Nutrition Label 101 Fact Sheet at www.keiro.org/nutrition-labels-101!)
Nutrients per serving
This recipe serves 8.
Calories 268 kcal
Fat 19 g
Saturated Fat 6 g
Sodium 1096 mg
Cholesterol 103 mg
Total Carbohydrate 3 g
Fiber 1 g
Sugar 1 g
Protein 21 g
Magnesium 34 mg
Potassium 393 mg
Vitamin A 3 % daily value
Vitamin C 5 % daily value
Calcium 7 % daily value
Iron 15 % daily value

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