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Southwest Turkey Burgers with Chipotle-Lime Aioli

Southwest Turkey Burgers with Chipotle-Lime Aioli - complete with spices, corn, beans and a spoonful of chipotle-lime aioli for the perfect topper!
One of my sisters lives just a couple blocks away from me, which is awesome. She lives with her husband and four boys and no girls, so her household is all about BOYS, which is also awesome. Her boys are a riot to be with! But, sometimes a girl just needs to do girl stuff (am I right?), and she doesn’t get that very often. So we’ve made it a point that when we get pedicures or plan a weekend girls trip, we invite her along.

The other day we were together, and she said something that made me do a double take. I was talking about grilling up these Southwest Turkey Burgers with Chipotle-Lime Aioli for the fam, and she said, “I never grill or mow the lawn.”

SAY WHAT???

Southwest Turkey Burgers with Chipotle-Lime Aioli - complete with spices, corn, beans and a spoonful of chipotle-lime aioli for the perfect topper!
I must’ve looked like I might pass out, because she quickly said, “I don’t even know how to do those things. And I don’t want to learn. Once I learn how, it’s all over. I’ll have to take over because the boys will know I can do it. Grilling and mowing are two things I can honestly say I don’t know how to do…”

Luckily, her four teenage boys are hard workers, and they take care of the mowing. Her husband’s a total grill master too, so the grill’s his domain. After I pried myself off the floor, I realized what a brilliant scheme she has going. Leave those two tasks to the boys and claim total ignorance. My sister’s one smart cookie.

However much I respect her for that little scheme, it won’t work for me. My husband often works late, so we’d be starving most nights if I couldn’t work the grill. And I love to experiment! Often, I can be found at the grill first thing in the morning, whipping up some salmon or grilled veggies on a whim, just to try a new recipe. The grill’s one of my favorite kitchen tools, and it’s not even in the kitchen!

Southwest Turkey Burgers with Chipotle-Lime Aioli - complete with spices, corn, beans and a spoonful of chipotle-lime aioli for the perfect topper!Southwest Turkey Burgers with Chipotle-Lime Aioli - complete with spices, corn, beans and a spoonful of chipotle-lime aioli for the perfect topper!
Sarah and I were doing just that the other day with these Southwest Turkey Burgers. That just sounded dang good to me, so we spent a morning throwing all sorts of southwest ingredients at the bowl of ground turkey. By lunchtime, we had it. These burgers can be whipped up in minutes, and are packed with all sorts of yummy stuff! Of course, we had to send up a flare to let all those boys know we had lunch, fresh off the grill, piping hot and ready for them. They, of course,  came running, and the burgers were devoured in seconds. Smiles all around!

Southwest Turkey Burgers with Chipotle-Lime Aioli - complete with spices, corn, beans and a spoonful of chipotle-lime aioli for the perfect topper!

Southwest Turkey Burgers with Chipotle-Lime Aioli

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 6 large patties

Ingredients

    Turkey Burgers
  • 2 lbs. ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup fresh corn
  • 1/2 cup canned black beans
  • 1/3 cup sweet red pepper
  • 1/3 cup cilantro
  • 1/2 cup white onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. Cajun spice blend
  • Pepper and salt to taste
  • 6 Brioche buns
  • Green leafy lettuce
  • 1-2 avocados
  • Chipotle-Lime Aioli
  • 1 cup mayonnaise or plain Greek yogurt
  • 2-4 canned chipotle peppers in adobo (about 1-2 Tbsp.)
  • Juice of one lime
  • Pepper and salt to taste

Instructions

    Turkey Burgers
  1. Place ground turkey in large bowl. Crack egg into bowl and mix until incorporated.
  2. Add corn and drained black beans.
  3. Chop pepper, cilantro and onion, and add to mixture.
  4. Mince garlic and add spices to mix.
  5. Blend thoroughly and shape into six large patties.
  6. Grill over medium heat for five minutes, each side. Serve immediately on buns with aioli, lettuce and avocado slices.
  7. Chipotle-Lime Aioli
  8. Measure mayo into small bowl.
  9. Smash chipotles into a paste and add to mayo.
  10. Add lime juice and stir all together.
  11. Chill until using.

Notes

*Add more or less chipotles to mayo to match your desired level of heat.

*These are super yummy with baked sweet potato fries! Use the extra aioli for a delicious fry sauce.

http://www.kiwiandcarrot.com/southwest-turkey-burgers/

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17 Comments

  • Reply Paula Niziolek August 19, 2016 at 9:30 am

    Oh man, I can’t imagine not grilling! We grill way more than not while the weathers good, and sometimes even in the pouring rain. Your burgers and fries looks amazing!

    • Reply Elizabeth August 22, 2016 at 9:46 am

      Paula, I totally agree! I’ve been known to grill in a snowstorm. Thank you, and happy grilling!

  • Reply Linda @ 2 Cookin Mamas August 19, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    I love cooking on the grill too and do it most nights all year long (after all, we live in Florida). Your recipes always look so delicious and this one sounds amazing.

    • Reply Elizabeth August 22, 2016 at 9:47 am

      Linda, I grill all year, too…sometimes in two feet of snow! Thank you so much…we hope you love this one!

  • Reply candy August 19, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    Aioli and turkey burgers. Oh man now I really need to make this. Guess I’ll have to make a trip to the store.

    • Reply Elizabeth August 22, 2016 at 9:48 am

      Candy, ha ha! I am sitting here debating whether I need to make a trip to the store, too. Happy grilling!!

  • Reply Sara August 19, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    These sound amazing! What a great burger recipe to use before summer is over. Our grill gets attention year-round, but turkey burgers just seem so perfect for warm weather!

    • Reply Elizabeth August 22, 2016 at 9:49 am

      Sara, totally agree with you! Keep that grill fired up. (We use ours year-round, too.) Hope you love it!

  • Reply Marissa August 19, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    I LOVE burgers with avocado on them! Always order mine that way, and these look fantastic!

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    • Reply Elizabeth August 22, 2016 at 9:52 am

      Marissa, thank you! I think everything’s better with an avocado slapped on top:) Happy grilling!

  • Reply Desteny August 19, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    I always love finding a new recipe that adds a fun twist to burgers! Looks great! I’m gonna pin this so I can try it later!

    • Reply Elizabeth August 22, 2016 at 9:53 am

      Desteny, hope you love this one as much as we do! Thanks for pinning!

  • Reply Denise August 20, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    I’m such a sucker for healthy foods that don’t “taste healthy”! Can’t wait to try this.

    • Reply Elizabeth August 22, 2016 at 9:54 am

      Denise, you are so right! Win-win for healthy AND yummy! Hope you love it.

  • Reply Kathryn | Fashionably Frank August 20, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    Oh my! This looks to-die-for, even to a pescetarian like myself! I bet these would be just as good with salmon or something else like a bean mixture 🙂 Love the fresh avocado addition.

    xo Kathryn
    http://www.fashionablyfrank.com

    • Reply Elizabeth August 22, 2016 at 9:55 am

      Kathryn, I’m sure it would work great! Let us know if you try it with salmon. I LOVE salmon, and am interested to know what you think!

  • Reply Amy Scott August 22, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    These look divine. I don’t grill either. I live with the grill master *eye roll* lol but these burgers I could handle!

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