TexaCali Turkey Tailgate Fiesta

tamie joeckel Recipe

By tamie joeckel tamiejoeckel

20 Min
30 Min

I love ground turkey, but I had to come up with a way to keep the lean meat moist and flavorful. Tex Mex flavors evoke memories of home in South Texas. And when my grandkids liked this burger, I knew I had a winning combo! I'll grill up both mini and regular burger patties. The girls love Mimi's "baby burgers" and these made as sliders are their fave! For the heartier appetites of the "real men" I grill thick, juicy patties that make everyone smile. Even the men who only eat beef in my family will devour this turkey burger! And I just feel good serving them.

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Blue Ribbon Recipe

Notes from the Test Kitchen:
Yum! A really great turkey burger with tons of veggies, terrific flavor and a scrumptious cilantro aioli! There's no way your team's not winning when you serve this one...


2 lb
ground turkey
6 slice
turkey bacon, browned and drained
1 large
poblano, anaheim or red bell pepper
1 medium
white or yellow onion, diced
2 Tbsp
olive oil, light
1 Tbsp
ground cumin
2 Tbsp
ground chili powder
1 pinch
salt and pepper to taste
1 pkg
romaine lettuce leaves
2 large
tomatoes, sliced
2 large
3/4 c
1/3 c
fresh cilantro
1 dash(es)
hot sauce
8 slice
pepper jack or cheddar cheese (optional)
1 pkg
large burger buns
2 Tbsp
spicy mustard

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Turkey, Burgers
Main Ingredient: Turkey
Regional Style: American
Collection: The Great Tailgate!
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids, Healthy

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Kitchen Crew JustaPinch
Jan 11, 2013
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!
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deb baldwin messinthekitchen
Jan 11, 2013
Congratulations Tamie, on your blue ribbon!
sabrina Plourde Splourde22
Jan 13, 2013
Wow, these look amazing!!! I will be trying these and posting pictures! Thank you!!!
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Nancy Judd ladynann
Jan 29, 2013
Wow does this ever look and sound good! And since Tamie made it I know it is fabulous!! Congrats Tamie this is a winner and you sure deserve it!!
Irene Foss Irenecooks
Jan 29, 2013
Congrats on the blue ribbon Tamie. Your recipe looks so good and I'll bet it tastes great. There is a Mexicon grocery store near us so I will be able to get a nice fresh poblano and some some fresh cilantro. This will make a great dinner for us tonight. Mmmmm I can hardly wait to bite into one. Thanks for posting your recipe.
Karen Dalton kdalt45
Jan 29, 2013
Did u know that if your put a hole in the middle of your hamburger before cooking it it won't shrink. I learned this from my daughter-in-law. And it really works.
Linda Dalton Stripey
Jan 29, 2013
Congrats on the blue ribbon! This looks and sounds so yummy, it's pinched and on my list!
Colleen Sowa colleenlucky7
Jan 29, 2013
Congratulations on the Blue Ribbon and for being in the What's Cookin' e-mail! xo
Linda Mel LindaM4
Jan 29, 2013
I don't have grill. Can these be cooked stovetop also (or baked in over) or would that dry them out too much? They sound so yummy!!
Linda Mel LindaM4
Jan 29, 2013
Darn typo. Can they be baked in oven (not over!)
tamie joeckel tamiejoeckel
Jan 29, 2013
Thanks for all the gracious comments! Yes, I am sure these can be cooked like any other burger on the stovetop -- and baking or broiling would probably be great.