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.”
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!
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!
- 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
- 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
- Place ground turkey in large bowl. Crack egg into bowl and mix until incorporated.
- Add corn and drained black beans.
- Chop pepper, cilantro and onion, and add to mixture.
- Mince garlic and add spices to mix.
- Blend thoroughly and shape into six large patties.
- Grill over medium heat for five minutes, each side. Serve immediately on buns with aioli, lettuce and avocado slices.
- Measure mayo into small bowl.
- Smash chipotles into a paste and add to mayo.
- Add lime juice and stir all together.
- Chill until using.
*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.
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!
Paula, I totally agree! I’ve been known to grill in a snowstorm. Thank you, and happy grilling!
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.
Linda, I grill all year, too…sometimes in two feet of snow! Thank you so much…we hope you love this one!
Aioli and turkey burgers. Oh man now I really need to make this. Guess I’ll have to make a trip to the store.
Candy, ha ha! I am sitting here debating whether I need to make a trip to the store, too. Happy grilling!!
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!
Sara, totally agree with you! Keep that grill fired up. (We use ours year-round, too.) Hope you love it!
I LOVE burgers with avocado on them! Always order mine that way, and these look fantastic!
Marissa, thank you! I think everything’s better with an avocado slapped on top:) Happy grilling!
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!
Desteny, hope you love this one as much as we do! Thanks for pinning!
I’m such a sucker for healthy foods that don’t “taste healthy”! Can’t wait to try this.
Denise, you are so right! Win-win for healthy AND yummy! Hope you love it.
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.
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!
These look divine. I don’t grill either. I live with the grill master *eye roll* lol but these burgers I could handle!