Tex-Mex Turkey Burgers

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Makes 6 burgers
Total time: 25 Minutes

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Hands-on: 25 Minutes
Total: 25 Minutes


1 large lime
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup fresh corn kernels (about 2 ears)
1 avocado, peeled and finely chopped
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
1 pound ground turkey
1 (4-oz.) can chopped green chiles
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 cup fine, dry breadcrumbs
6 tostada shells, warmed
Toppings: salsa verde, crumbled queso fresco
Garnish: lime wedges


1. Preheat grill to 350° to 400° (medium-high) heat. Grate zest from lime to equal 1 tsp. Cut lime in half, and squeeze juice from lime to equal 1 Tbsp.

2. Sauté onion and garlic in hot oil in a medium skillet 1 minute. Add corn, and cook 2 to 3 minutes or just until corn begins to brown. Transfer mixture to a medium bowl. Stir in lime zest, lime juice, avocado, cilantro, and 1/2 tsp. salt.

3. Combine turkey, next 4 ingredients, and remaining 1 tsp. salt. Gently shape mixture into 6 (4-inch) patties.

4. Grill patties, covered with grill lid, 4 to 5 minutes on each side or until done. Serve on tostadas with corn mixture and desired toppings.

Vanessa McNeil Rocchio,

Southern Living

August 2014
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