Spicy Southwest Turkey Burgers With Garlic Aioli

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins

This is a very zesty, garlicky, and spicy turkey burger that even my husband who normally does not like turkey burgers, well he raves about them. I like to put these on toasted buns and top the burger with pepper jack cheese. To kick up the spiciness to the next level add 1/2 teaspoon cayenne. If you can find it, I highly recommend using smoked salt. It adds an awesome smoky flavor to these, I always use it.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Chop your garlic and veggies.
  2. Sauté garlic and onion in olive oil on low heat for 7-10 minutes until soft and very light golden brown.
  3. Then combine turkey meat, garlic, onion, oil that you cooked garlic and onion in (very important), thyme, chipotle powder (or you could use one chipotle in adobo diced), roasted pepper, Worcestershire sauce, cumin, hot pepper sauce, or salt and pepper. Be careful not to overmix!
  4. Divide mixture into 4 equal mounds then form meat into patties. Drizzle patties with a little olive oil to coat. Cook in skillet over medium high heat for 5 to 6 minutes on each side. Place sliced cheese over the patties in the last 2 minutes of cooking, use 1 or 2 slices for each patty, as you like. slather buns with Garlic Aioli.
  5. If you want to decrease the heat use plain old chili powder instead of chipotle and cut it back to 1/2 teaspoon.
  6. For Garlic Aioli.
  7. Mince garlic very fine, I like to sprinkle mine with salt and mash it but totally optional. Mix all ingredients together in small bowl, this will taste even better if it sits a while and will keep in the fridge for almost a week.
  8. Pile cooked cheeseburgers into buns. Serve and enjoy!
Most Helpful

This recipe was delicious and a nice change from "regular" turkey burgers. I didn't have any roasted red pepper, so I simply sauteed the fresh diced red pepper with the onion and garlic. The sauce is excellent as well. We didn't use any cheese as these burgers are bursting with flavor! This is definitely something I will make again and again.

Chillin & Grillin July 08, 2012

We really liked these burgers. My husband usually complains when I use ground turkey but he liked these. I didn't have the cumin but next time I'll add that as well.

UpNorthMomma May 24, 2012

I really enjoyed this spicy turkey burger. It was one of the best that I have had. I like it more than the Rachel Ray recipe I tried, it had too much cumin and tasted soapy. I am looking forward to trying more of your recipes.

googooshricci April 16, 2009