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Southwest Salsa Turkey Burgers

Give these juicy & flavorful Southwest salsa turkey burgers a try the next time you're looking for a different take on your basic burgers: This 25 minute weeknight dinner recipe is super simple, and comes together in a flash!

It’s been a busy, busy weekend here in the MashupMom household — so we’re going with “quick & easy” as the theme of tonight’s recipe. Read on if you are tired of dry turkey burgers and find yourself looking for a bit more of a kick, because these juicy and flavorful Southwest Salsa Turkey Burgers could be just the twist you’re looking for.

And, I’m not kidding about the quick & easy part! There’s almost no prep work involved here: You combine a few burger ingredients into patties, fry your salsa turkey burgers up in a pan, and you have yourself a simple 25 minute weeknight dinner.

Give these juicy & flavorful Southwest salsa turkey burgers a try the next time you're looking for a different take on your basic burgers: This 25 minute weeknight dinner recipe is super simple, and comes together in a flash!

Ground turkey stars in this week’s edition of Sunday Scratchups: Your weekly recipe from scratch around grocery sales and affordable ingredients. Just a few spices plus a little bit of black bean & corn salsa (mine here is from ALDI) is all you need to give these southwest salsa turkey burgers their robust flavor, and this is a great way to use up part of one of the larger packs of ground turkey that tend to go on sale more often.

Southwest Salsa Turkey Burgers

Ingredients

1-1.25 lbs ground turkey
1/2 cup black bean & corn salsa
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne (optional)
Sea salt, to taste
1/3 cup plain bread crumbs
1.5 Tbsp vegetable or canola oil

Directions

Combine all ingredients except the oil in a large bowl, then use your hands to form the turkey mixture into four large patties.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat for about a minute, then swirl to coat the bottom of the pan. Add the turkey burger patties.

Give these juicy & flavorful Southwest salsa turkey burgers a try the next time you're looking for a different take on your basic burgers: This 25 minute weeknight dinner recipe is super simple, and comes together in a flash!

Continue cooking over medium-high heat for about 7 minutes a side, or until burgers are nicely browned and cooked through. (I used a cast iron skillet here to get a nice char on the outside of the burgers, but you can use a regular skillet as well.)

I served my burgers on buns with sliced avocado and cheddar to continue the Southwest theme, but you can mix things up with your own favorite burger toppings of choice.

Note: These do fall apart fairly easily, so be careful when flipping the burgers and transferring them out of the pan — however, that doesn’t affect the taste! Cooking time depends on thickness; if you decide to make, say, six smaller & thinner burgers you should flip around 5 minutes rather than at 7. 

Slightly spicy, super satisfying

Give these juicy & flavorful Southwest salsa turkey burgers a try the next time you're looking for a different take on your basic burgers: This 25 minute weeknight dinner recipe is super simple, and comes together in a flash!

Give these moist & flavorful Southwest salsa turkey burgers a try the next time you’re looking for a different take on your basic burgers. Note that the black bean & corn salsa I used today is on the tamer side, so I spiced this batch of burgers up a bit more to match our tastes. Omit the cayenne, however, if you are sensitive to spice or have little ones who won’t appreciate it — you can even add just the salsa and breadcrumbs if you’re looking for a little bit of that Southwest flavor, but want to keep the spice level very mild.

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Southwest Salsa Turkey Burgers

Slightly spicy, super satisfying -- Just omit the cayenne if you are sensitive to spice or have little ones who won't appreciate it.
Course dinner
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1-1.25 lbs ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup black bean & corn salsa
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne optional
  • Sea salt to taste
  • 1/3 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1.5 Tbsp vegetable or canola oil

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients except the oil in a large bowl, then use your hands to form the turkey mixture into four large patties.
  • Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat for about a minute, then swirl to coat the bottom of the pan. Add the turkey burger patties.
  • Continue cooking over medium-high heat for about 7 minutes a side, or until burgers are nicely browned and cooked through. (I used a cast iron skillet here to get a nice char on the outside of the burgers, but you can use a regular skillet as well.)
  • I served my burgers on buns with sliced avocado and cheddar to continue the Southwest theme, but you can mix things up with your own favorite burger toppings of choice.

Notes

These do fall apart fairly easily, so be careful when flipping the burgers and transferring them out of the pan -- however, that doesn't affect the taste! Cooking time depends on thickness; if you decide to make, say, six smaller & thinner burgers you should flip around 5 minutes rather than at 7. 

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Alice

Thursday 9th of January 2020

I refrigerated these for at least 20-30 mins after I pattied them before cooking. This helps to keep them from falling apart while cooking!

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Anna

Thursday 2nd of May 2019

Okay I'm not gonna lie I was skeptical of these, but they turned out great! I found the salsa at my local Aldi along side the tortilla chips. I added an egg to these and used panko bread crumbs but that's the only change I made. When I make beef burgers I usually flatten the patties out a LOT because they shrink up. I did this with the first two, pan fried, and they fell apart (still tasted good!). The last three patties I made thicker and with a smaller diameter and they stayed together perfectly and didn't really shrink so they were the perfect size for the bun. I topped the burgers with avocado, lettuce, a fat slice of tomato, thin red onions, and honey-lime mayo (1/2 cup mayo, zest from one lime, 1 -2 tbs of lime juice, 1 tbs of honey). They were so good! They heated up well for lunch the next day. I got 5 patties but that'll depend on the size you make them. Four seemed a tad too big.

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Meredith

Tuesday 24th of April 2018

We had these tonight and they were delicious but they fell apart so quickly when cooking. We finally decided to just do “turkey burger sloppy joes”! Still good but I was disappointed it didn’t stay together better! ??‍♀️

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