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28 June 2018

A recipe for juicy burgers made from a mixture of ground turkey and spicy Mexican chorizo, perfect for the grill, served up with extra creamy guacamole.

Who is grilling this weekend? With the holiday here, and summer of course, we’re already grilling like crazy. Living in the Midwest means a shorter grilling season for us, so when we have it, we like to take advantage.

When it comes to grilling, burgers are always at the top of the list.

You already know we make a lot of turkey burgers – see our Burgers Recipes and you’ll see – but how about something a little different? Turkey-Chorizo Burgers.

No, not turkey made into chorizo. I mean a combination of ground turkey and spicy Mexican chorizo.

Turkey-Chorizo Burgers with Creamy Guacamole - Plated and ready to eat.

You’ll get a full on blast of that awesome chorizo flavor, accompanied by our favorite ground turkey and plenty of seasonings mixed in, including jalapeno peppers, of course, which I am obviously MAD for. Jalapeno Madness, baby!

How to Make Homemade Turkey-Chorizo Burgers – The Recipe Method

Here are your ingredients:

Turkey-Chorizo Burger Ingredients.

First, cook down some onion and peppers in an oiled pan about 5 minutes or so, until they are cooked through and soft. Add the garlic and cook another minute until fragrant.

This is going to add a lot of flavor to your burgers.

Mix them up in a bowl with the turkey, chorizo and salt and pepper. If the mixture feels too wet, add in the breadcrumbs to tighten it up. Hand mix, but do not overmix it, or your burgers can become mealy. Not so great.

Form the mixture into six 6 ounce patties, or eight 4.5 ounce patties. Or maybe four 9 ouncers! Go big or go home! Like so.

Form the turkey and chorizo mixture into patties for grilling.

Next, fire up the grill and lightly oil the grates. Grill the turkey-chorizo burgers about 6-7 minutes per side, or until they are cooked through, depending on the size.

Top them with some cheese if you’d like and melt it down.

Serve them up on toasted buns with your favorite toppings. I used some guacamole, baby.

Making the creamy guacamole to top our Turkey-Chorizo burgers.

And roasted jalapeno peppers, of course.

Recipe Making Tips

You can play around with the ratios of turkey to chorizo until you achieve your preferred mixture, but for me, it is pretty much 2 parts turkey to 1 part chorizo. Also, if you’re daring like we are sometimes, swap in something hotter than a jalapeno pepper, like a few cayenne peppers or maybe a habanero.

Ghost pepper, anyone? Carolina Reaper! Pepper X? Oh yes!

That would be crazy hot. Only if you can handle it. Have fun with your toppings. I melted some cheese over the top and served with roasted jalapeno pepper slices and homemade guacamole. Or, try this Extra Creamy Guacamole. Yum!

Learn How to Make Guacamole here.

Holding onto my Turkey-Chorizo Burger. So good!

Patty’s Perspective

I was very excited for these because I ordered a chorizo burger from a fancy restaurant on a recent vacation, but it was unclear that it was really a beef-chorizo burger with hardly any chorizo mixed in. You could barely taste chorizo! I found this combination of turkey and chorizo delicious.

And the guacamole rocked, as usual.

Close up of my Turkey-Chorizo Burger.

Try Some of My Other Popular Burger Recipes

If you try this recipe, please let us know! Leave a comment, rate it and tag a photo #ChiliPepperMadness on Instagram so we can take a look. I always love to see all of your spicy inspirations. Thanks! — Mike H.

Turkey-Chorizo Burgers with Creamy Guacamole - Recipe
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5 from 9 votes

Turkey-Chorizo Burgers with Creamy Guacamole - Recipe

A recipe for juicy burgers made from a mixture of ground turkey and spicy Mexican chorizo, perfect for the grill, served up with extra creamy guacamole.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: burgers, chorizo
Servings: 8
Calories: 572kcal

Ingredients

  • 24 ounces ground turkey
  • 12 ounces ground chorizo
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • Splash of olive oil
  • 2 tbsp breadcrumbs if needed
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 Cheddar cheese slices
  • 8 toasted buns for serving
  • Any toppings you desire - like roasted jalapeno slices and homemade guacamole.

Instructions

  • Heat a pan to medium heat and add oil. Add onions and peppers and cook about 6 minutes, or until they are cooked through and soft.
  • Add the garlic and cook another minute until fragrant.
  • Add to a large mixing bowl.
  • Add the turkey, chorizo and salt and pepper. If the mixture feels too wet, add in the breadcrumbs to tighten it up. Hand mix, but do not overmix.
  • Form into six 6 ounce patties, or eight 4.5 ounce patties. Or maybe four 9 ouncers! Go big or go home!
  • Heat a grill to medium heat and lightly oil.
  • Add the burgers and cook about 6-7 minutes per side, or until cooked through, depending on the size. Get your nice grill marks!
  • Top with cheese slices and cover. Cook about a minute to melt the cheese.
  • Serve on toasted buns with your favorite toppings. I used some guacamole, baby. And roasted jalapeno peppers, of course.

Notes

Heat Factor: Medium. Up the heat factor with a spicier, hotter chorizo and hotter peppers.
Calories are calculated without the guacamole.

Nutrition

Calories: 572kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 130mg | Sodium: 993mg | Potassium: 466mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 385IU | Vitamin C: 5.9mg | Calcium: 309mg | Iron: 3.5mg

This recipe was updated on 6/25/18 to include new photos and a bit more information. Originally published 7/3/15.

27 comments

  1. 5 stars
    Ok, so I didn’t work the burgers enough or something because they fell apart – and were the most delicious sloppy joes. Love the idea of combining turkey and chorizo! We subbed in some finely chopped pickled jalapeño slices for the onion/pepper combo and used cotija cheese. So good, thank you!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Sorry the burgers fell apart on you, Ann, but I’m happy you enjoyed the flavor! I think I may have to do a “sloppy joe” version!

  2. Hi Mike, I have 2 questions.

    Made sliders pretty much like your your recipe and froze them immediately in patties. They were both fresh and on sale and I had another dinner planned.

    1 lb of chorizo plus 1 lb of ground turkey.
    I didn’t get to taste a slider but cooked the last tablespoon or so of the mixture into scrambled eggs with cheese. A little dry but oh so good.

    1)Why do you and many other turkey-chorizo burger recipes call for a 2:1 ratio of turkey/chorizo? What’s the reasoning?
    2)You think 50/50 was a mistake?

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Hey, Brent. Honestly, you can vary up the ratios to your own preferences. I tend to use more turkey, as the chorizo is higher in calories and can be oily, making them a bit harder to form the patties, though you can use more binder material as needed. You could make this with just chorizo if you wanted to. Chorizo burgers!!! Yes! I do not think 50/50 is a mistake.

  3. 5 stars
    This was SO good. I’m making it for the 3rd time this month! I’m so glad I found you, I love all things spicy! ????

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      That’s great, Trish. Thanks! Glad you found me, too!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thanks, Karly. I think you’d LOVE this one!

    2. Debee De forest

      I have not made this as of yet. I am so looking forward to it though!! Looks absolutely “DELICIOUS”!! I was wondering if I can use Soy Chorizo? It does not have all the animal fat and ground Turkey tends to be dry. Thank You for sharing what looks like I said an “AWESOME BURGER”!!!

      1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

        Hi, Debee. Yes, you can use soy chorizo, but since it does lack fat, you might want to include something to help with moisture and binding, like a splash of oil or an egg. When forming the patties, just make sure they are loose yet slight firm, basically not falling apart. Let me know how it turns out for you. I LOVE this recipe. I make it all the time. I even made extra burgers and froze them for cooking anytime I want. Time saver!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thanks, Claudia. I do love this combo. So good!

  4. Jessica Formicola

    5 stars
    This is the burger of my dreams!! And that guacamole looks perfect!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thanks, Allison. Firing up the grill!

  5. 5 stars
    I dare anyone who doesn’t like turkey burgers to try this. What a juicy looking, filling burger. This will be the hit of our July 4th cookout.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thanks, Vicky! SO. GOOD. And yes, SUPER juicy.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      I know! SO GOOD with the guacamole. YUM.






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