texacali turkey tailgate fiesta

★★★★☆ 9
a recipe by
tamie joeckel
Katy, TX

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.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

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...

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★☆ 9
serves 6
prep time 20 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Grill

Ingredients For texacali turkey tailgate fiesta

  • 2 lb
    ground turkey
  • 6 slice
    turkey bacon, browned and drained
  • 1 lg
    poblano, anaheim or red bell pepper
  • 1 md
    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 lg
    tomatoes, sliced
  • 2 lg
    avocados
  • 3/4 c
    mayonnaise
  • 1/3 c
    fresh cilantro
  • 1 dash
    hot sauce
  • 8 slice
    pepper jack or cheddar cheese (optional)
  • 1 pkg
    large burger buns
  • 2 Tbsp
    spicy mustard

How To Make texacali turkey tailgate fiesta

  • 1
    Heat your grill! Finely dice the pepper and onion. Brown the bacon and set aside to drain. In a large mixing bowl, add ground turkey, pepper, and onion. Take the bacon and crumble it into the mixture. Add the spicy mustard, cumin, chili powder, olive oil, salt and pepper. Mix lightly. Make patties out of the mixture for grilling.
  • 2
    For the cilantro aioli, in a food processor add the mayo, the fresh cilantro (without stems), a squeeze of lemon if you have it and a dash of hot sauce (or two or three...) Mix and set aside in a small bowl in the cooler or fridge. Immediately before you assemble the burgers, slice the avocados.
  • 3
    Grill the patties and set aside under a foil tent to allow them to cook a little more get juicier! To assemble the burgers, I heat the buns on the still hot grill and place in a basket. Set out all the fixings - buns, patties, lettuce, tomato, avocado, cheese, aioli and get set for a fiesta in your mouth!
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