Santa Barbara Southwest Turkey Burger

George Levinthal


The great flavors of the Southwest, fresh ingredients and using ground turkey makes this the best alternative, no, just the best burger you'll ever eat.


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45 Min
10 Min


  • 2 lb
    lean ground turkey
  • 6
    chopped green onions
  • 3
    large cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 Tbsp
    olive oil, extra virgin
  • 1
  • 1/2 tsp
    kosher or sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp
    fresh grounf pepper
  • 1/4 tsp
    ground cumin
  • 2 Tbsp
    worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 c
    barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 c
    toasted panko

  • 5
    ripe avacados
  • 5
    green onions, chopped, mostly white parts
  • 1/4 c
    cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp
    kosher or sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp
    fresh ground pepper
  • 1/4 tsp
    cayenne pepper
  • 1 pinch
    ground cumin
  • 1 tsp
    green tabasco sauce
  • 1 Tbsp
    lime juice

  • 6 slice
    pepper-jack cheese
  • 2 large
    anaheim chiles, grilled skinned & seeded, cut into 6 pieces
  • 6 large
    egg or brioche hamburger buns
  • 2 large
    beefsteak tomatoes, sliced
  • 3 Tbsp
    dijon mustard

How to Make Santa Barbara Southwest Turkey Burger


  1. Sauté green onions and garlic in olive oil with a pinch of salt and pepper until soft, 4 to 5 minutes over medium heat.
  2. In a large bowl, crumble the turkey and add the salt, pepper and cumin.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs, with the Worcestershire sauce and barbeque sauce and add to the turkey. Add the onions and garlic and any remaining liquid in the pan. This helps the burgers from getting dry. Add the panko and combine gently by hand until all ingredients are thoroughly mixed. Separate into 6 patties and let them rest.
  4. Grill the whole peppers until the skins are blackened. Immediately put them in a glass bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap and set aside until the skins are ready to peel off easily. Peel, core and seed.
  5. In the meantime, scoop the avocado out of the skins. Mash the avocados, leaving some of it chunky. Add the onions, garlic, cilantro, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, cumin and Tabasco sauce. Mix well. Add the lime juice and blend thoroughly. Cover and set aside.
  6. Heat grill to high, brush with oil or spray with Pam, and put on the patties.
    Lower heat to medium-high. Cook for 4 to 5 minute. Don’t move them until they are ready to turn. Turn gently with a spatula and your hand to make sure they don’t fall apart.
    Cook an additional 4 to 5 minutes and check for doneness. (I usually put an extra patty which I sacrifice to make sure it’s cooked properly). Lower the heat to medium-low and add the cheese and allow to melt
  7. Brush a small amount of olive oil or mayonnaise on each bun half and lightly toast the buns.
  8. Put a scoop of guacamole on the bottom half of the bun and a slice of the tomato. Place the burger on top. Place a slice of chili on top of the burger. Spread the mustard on the top half and cover the burger. Serve.

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About Santa Barbara Southwest Turkey Burger

Course/Dish: Turkey Burgers
Main Ingredient: Turkey
Regional Style: Southwestern

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