So remember when Erica posted these Jalapeno Cheddar Turkey Burgers?
Well, I tried really hard to wait patiently for nice grilling weather so I could make some burgers on the grill….but apparently we’re heading straight into another week of rain, so this weekend I just gave into my craving and made a batch of burgers indoors.
I was drawn to her recipe because I just so happened to have a random jalapeno that needed to to be used up. However, over the past couple of years, I’ve had a few issues with making things so spicy they they are almost inedible. So, I knew I wanted to tone down the spice a bit.
I’ve also been thinking about making burgers stuffed with caramelized onions for a while now. While I didn’t end up doing that exactly, I used that idea to make my own burger.
Here’s what I did:
I diced up about 1/2 c onion and put it in a hot pan. I made sure not to stir it too often so that it started to caramelize.
After the onions began to caramelize, I added some balsamic vinegar.
The onions soaked up almost all of the yummy balsamic! I removed them from the pan and set them aside to cool.
Next, I put 1 lb of lean ground turkey in a bowl, added one jalapeno (minced) and two cloves of garlic. When the onions were cool enough to handle, I added them to the bowl along with about 1/4 c shredded low-fat Mexican cheese and some McCormick’s Grill Seasoning.
When everything was mixed together, I had five nice sized burgers:
Balsamic Onion & Jalapeno Turkey Burgers
Keywords: grill pan sear burger sandwich entree healthy turkey
Ingredients (4-6 burgers)
- 1/2 c onion, diced
- 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1 jalapeno, minced
- 1 tsp McCormick’s Grill Seasoning
- 1/4 c low-fat Mexican cheese
1. In a small pan, caramelize the onions. Add the balsamic vinegar and stir to combine.
2. Combine the turkey, onions, jalapeno, seasoning and cheese in a small bowl.
3. Form into 4-5 patties.
4. Cook on the grill or in a pan, top with cheese if desired and serve.
I cooked them in a pan and topped with some pepperjack cheese when they were almost done. Yes, I tear my cheese to fit the size of the burger. I hate when it drips down over the sides and gets in the pan!
Now I’ve gotta tell you, my friends, I’m not one to get all that excited about burgers. I don’t eat them if they’re beef and usually when I cook burgers for the hubby I end up eating something else. In fact, the night I made these, I didn’t even eat one. But I did eat one the second night and let me tell you…these are GOOD! I was only planning on eating half a burger along with a bowl of Nutrition Soup, but after I ate the first half, I put that soup right back in the fridge and ate the other half! I love the flavor the onions give them…and the jalapeno gives them a little kick, but not a ton of heat.
Oh, if you’re wondering why it’s cut up like that, it’s because the hubby informed me -just as I was about to get up and make these burgers that I’d been planning in my head ALL DAY- that he wanted something light for dinner…like tapas. Well, that just wasn’t happening. So cutting his burger into “burger bites” was my solution. Makes the burger seem less overwhelming!
Serve with some roasted fingerling potatoes and you’re good to go!
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Alicia at AliGirl Cooks says
I love a good burger and I’m always looking for new ideas! Your burger looks delish.
thanks! it was a fun new twist!
Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen says
Hahahaha I love that you cut them up and called them tapas.
I LOVE that.
[Wish you’d been with me to solve my burger craving last night…]
girl, i wish i could mail you one!!
You had me at balsamic onions 🙂 These look super tasty and will probably satisfy BFs burger craving and my habit of fancy and healthy-fying everything we eat!
yay! hope you like them
Beth @ Beth's Journey says
That looks delicious! I’m super impressed with how crispy your potatoes got. They are making my mouth water!
thanks!!! that was a good batch of potatoes!
[email protected] says
These looks delicious and packed with flavor. I love your solution to your husband’s request for something “light”.
thanks!! he’s pretty easy to please!
I made turkey burger sliders the other day on a whim and loved them! I’m excited to have another recipe for this. Yummmmm!!
Mmmm now I’m craving a nice stir fry with lots of onions in it!
Lisa @ Thrive Style says
Wow—these look awesome! I know we would love them 🙂
give them a try! hope you enjoy them 🙂
Hahahah I LOVE that serving the burger in smaller pieces qualifies them as “light tapas”!
haha, sometimes you just have to make it work 😉
Thanks for the shout out! Love your version!! Caramelized onions are so awesome. And your potatoes look fantastic too.
thank you! thanks for the inspiration!
Baking Serendipity says
I love turkey burgers…they always take on the flavors of what you add so well 🙂 This version looks wonderful!
I saw this yesterday and just HAD to make them! Only difference is I added red jalapenos with the green, and also chopped a habenero. YUM 🙂
awesome!!! the habenero was a great idea!