Grilled Turkey Burgers with Pear-Jalapeno Slaw

The other day we were watching the TV show “Chopped”. It’s a great show where 4 chefs compete to create 3 dishes, with one left standing. This particular episode included ground turkey” in the basket, and at least 2 of the chefs complained that they disliked working with it. Say what? We at Madness love ground turkey. It absorbs the flavors you introduce into the recipe, so it really is like a nice, blank slate to work with. We understand the criticism that ground turkey can turn out dry. That is true of any lean meat. The key is in the preparation.

I gave myself the challenge to prepare a turkey meal in 30 minutes, though no, I didn’t use what they used in their basket. I wanted something we’d actually enjoy for lunch. The result? Here you go:

Grilled Turkey Burgers with Pear-Jalapeno Slaw

The burgers are simple to prepare. You’ll need:


  • 12 ounces ground turkey, thawed
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons preferred seasonings – I always use chili powders or Cajun seasonings, but try taco seasonings or even dried Italian herbs.
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup white wine

Pear-Jalapeno Slaw Recipe

Cooking Directions

  1. Heat a grill or grill pan to medium-high heat.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients and hand mix, but not too much. the best consistency is slightly lumpy.
  3. Form the meat into 2 patties, about 1/2 inch thick.
  4. Lightly spray the grill pan with spray oil and sear each side of the burgers for about 1 minute each.
  5. Add the white wine. It will steam up and cool the pan slightly.
  6. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cover. Cook about 12 more minutes, or until the burgers are cooked through. Do not overcook.
  7. Serve them on buns topped with your Pear-Jalapeno Slaw, listed below.

Pear-Jalapeno Slaw Recipe – Posted here at Jalapeno Madness

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About Mike from Madness

Mike Hultquist is a chili pepper and spicy food enthusiast with an insane desire to play in the kitchen. He's all about cooking with chili peppers, but also loves chili pepper gardening, preserving, and experimenting with new and creative ways to incorporate spicy food into life. He's also a produced screenwriter, novelist, food writer and web site developer.
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5 Responses to Grilled Turkey Burgers with Pear-Jalapeno Slaw

  1. Marissa says:

    This is one fine Turkey burger. The red chili’s and green chili’s are “christmas” to one’s taste-buds! I was wondering if you have a subscribe to rss feeds button, for some reason I put the URL in google reader but it’s not working?

  2. Casey says:

    This looks incredible! I just discovered my love for turkey burgers, these look so big and juicy!! YUM

  3. Ernie says:

    Absolute magic. Try the same with minced chicken and red peppers and of course chillies and cayenne pepper. Yum Yum

  4. Dani says:

    Amazing how juicy these turned out and spicy!! LOVED IT! We only eat turkey when we have burgers so this was right up our alley! Thank you for sharing it!

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