So, I can't believe I haven't made these before. Well, I've actually made them plenty of times, or some variation of these, but never put them on the web site. What? Am I nuts? I'm obviously crazy and obsessed with jalapeno poppers - see jalapeno poppers recipes - and I wrote an entire cookbook dedicated to jalapeno poppers - see "Jalapeno Poppers and Other Stuffed Chili Peppers" - so dang! I guess I just didn't realize I hadn't made them in quite some time. So! Here they are, in all their glory. The wonderful, unbeatable, jalapeno popper stuffed turkey burgers.
Turkey, you say? Yep. You can, of course, make these with beef or pork or a blend of ground meats, heck, even chicken. Yeah! But you already know about my weird obsession with turkey burgers. Ever since I got my base recipe down and how to keep them nice and moist, I've been hooked on them. Especially when they are stuffed with all sorts of awesomeness, like your typical jalapeno popper ingredients. I've gone simple this time - jalapenos (obvi!), cream cheese, cheddar cheese, crumbled bacon. Yes! All excellent jalapeno popper items. Along with plenty of seasonings, this turkey burger soars.
Get a good look at the photo below with the burger sliced in half. Look at all that cheese oozing, with the chopped jalapeno peppers almost falling out, only they don't because they love to be stuffing and they want to get inside your belly. We were both super happy with these. Now I want to make them again with ground chicken! And beef! And pork! Oh boy, I'll be cooking like crazy this week, I think. Burger time.
Patty's Perspective: As if a jalapeno popper burger isn't ooey-gooey, satisfying enough, the sauce really puts this over the top. You'll never believe you're eating a turkey burger. It's that good!
Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Turkey Burgers with Southwest Lime Sauce
- FOR THE SOUTHWEST LIME SAUCE
- 3 tablespoons sour cream or Mexican crema
- 1 teaspoon taco seasoning - Try this homemade taco seasoning mix
- Juice from half a lime
- FOR THE JALAPENO POPPER STUFFING
- 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1 ounce shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
- 1-2 jalapeno peppers, chopped
- 1 teaspoon taco seasoning
- FOR THE BURGERS
- 12 ounces ground turkey
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
- 1-2 jalapeno peppers, chopped
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 tablespoon bread crumbs
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 large toasted buns for serving
- Sliced tomato for serving
- Prepare your Southwest lime sauce by combining all 3 ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Mix well and refrigerate until ready to use.
- Prepare your stuffing by heating a pan to medium heat and dashing with oil. Add jalapeno peppers and cook about 4-5 minutes to soften. Add to a mixing bowl and cool.
- Add cheeses, bacon and taco seasoning. Mix well. Set aside until ready to use.
- Get your burgers ready by adding the turkey to a separate mixing bowl with the cumin, taco seasoning, salt and pepper, and bread crumbs.
- In your heated pan, splash with a bit more oil and add jalapeno peppers and onion. Cook about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook another minute, stirring often. Cool and add to the burger mixing bowl.
- Hand mix the burgers, but just a bit to combine. Do not overmix. Form into 4 small flattened patties.
- Divide the cheesy jalapeno popper mixture over 2 of the turkey patties. Then, top with the other patties. Hand form them into stuffed patties, so the jalapeno stuffing is completely enclosed in the seasoned turkey meat.
- Heat a large grill pan to medium heat and lightly oil. Cook the stuffed burgers about 5-6 minutes per side, or until they are cooked through.
- Set onto buns and top with sliced tomato and your Southwest lime sauce.