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.