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Spiced Turkey Burger with Pineapple-Papaya Salsa

Spiced Turkey Burger with Pineapple-Papaya Salsa

The spicy kick in these turkey burgers pairs perfectly with the sweet flavor of the Pineapple-Papya Salsa.

Health JUNE 2010

  • Yield: Makes 4 servings (serving size: 1 burger and 3 tablespoons salsa)
  • Cook time: 10 Minutes
  • Prep time: 20 Minutes


  • 1 cup diced fresh pineapple
  • 1 cup diced peeled papaya
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, divided
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped scallion, green parts only
  • 6 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, divided
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
  • Cooking spray
  • 4 ciabatta rolls


1. Stir together pineapple, papaya, 1 tablespoon lime juice, scallion, 2 tablespoons cilantro, 1/2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning, and cumin in a medium bowl.

2. Combine turkey with onion and remaining lime juice, cilantro, and Cajun seasoning. Form mixture into 3 1/2- x 1-inch patties.

3. Preheat a lightly oiled grill pan over moderate heat, and grill burgers, turning once, 5 minutes per side or until cooked through. (Use a meat thermometer to check that burgers have reached 165°.)

4. Toast rolls on grill. Top buns with burgers and salsa; serve immediately. Leftover salsa may be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Use leftover salsa with fish, tacos, and tortilla chips.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 271
  • Fat: 2g
  • Saturated fat: 0.0g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 0.0g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.0g
  • Protein: 33g
  • Carbohydrate: 33g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 45mg
  • Iron: 10mg
  • Sodium: 649mg
  • Calcium: 22mg

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Spiced Turkey Burger with Pineapple-Papaya Salsa Recipe