Cheddar-Stuffed Turkey Burgers

by Kelli H. on July 30, 2012

I came across this recipe a few weeks ago in one of my old Rachael Ray cookbooks. I’d totally forgotten about it, but in my notes, I wrote that it was the best turkey burger, ever! How could I have forgotten to keep making these turkey burgers? I hardly remembered them. That week I decided I’d make them again. I’m so glad I did because they are delicious! I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I have a huge crush on burgers that are stuffed with cheese, ie. goat cheese stuffed burgers, as well as blue cheese stuffed burgers. I know lots of people aren’t fans of goat and blue, but I don’t know many people have any qualms against cheddar cheese.

I went all out and made a delicious “salsa” for this burger. I’ll include the recipe here, but it’s a step you don’t have to take. It takes a while to chop everything up, and David said he wouldn’t have mind just putting avocado slices on it to make the dinner faster. The absolute best part of these turkey burgers are when you bite into the hot melty cheddar cheese. Oh em gee, they are freakin’ amazing.

Cheddar-Stuffed Turkey Burgers
Adapted from Rachael Ray 30-Minute Get Real Meals

1 1/3 pound ground turkey
1 small red onion, diced
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoons cumin
1 jalapeno chili, seeded and diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
salt & pepper
1/4 pound cheddar cheese, cut into pieces
olive oil
Burger Buns

1. Preheat grill to medium high heat
2. Combine turkey, red onion,  chili powder, cumin, jalapenpo, garlic, salt & pepper. Divide mixture into 4 or 5 patties depending on how big you like them. Slightly shape them into a patty. Make a deep crevice in the middle of the patty and place a piece of cheddar cheese. Form patty over the cheese to cover. Rub with olive oil.
3. Cook turkey burgers on grill for about 5 minutes on each side until cooked through. 


Cilantro Cream Sauce

1/2 cup sour cream
a handful of cilantro, chopped
1/2 lime, juiced
garlic salt to taste

1. In a bowl; mix together all ingredients and smear onto hamburger bun. 

Mango Salsa

1 avocado, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 small red onion, diced
1 mango, diced
1 lime, juiced

1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl, and serve over turkey burgers.

Combined, these options make a delicious & impressive turkey burger. They’re steps you definitely don’t have to take, but I do highly recommend the Cilantro Cream Sauce, it really pairs well. If you’d rather not make the mango salsa, just top with an avocado & lettuce, and you’re good to go! Well, I’m off to go enjoy a new brew!

Happy Sunday!

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Natalie @ Once Upon a Cutting Board July 30, 2012 at 3:37 am

Mmm you’re killing me with these cheese-stuffed turkey burgers, I have to make some asap! Love the colorful salsa you added too!


Annie July 30, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Holy cow, that looks insanely good! What an awesome picture, Kelli! It looks like it’s just exploding with color and flavor. I really want to make this!


Maren July 30, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Girl, that turkey burger is so stuffed with yummy salsa I don’t know if it’s possible to eat without a fork.


Made in Sonoma July 30, 2012 at 5:28 pm

It’s possible but very messy! Just the way I like them.


Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers July 30, 2012 at 7:55 pm

I made some jerk turkey burgers recently that were out-of-this-world good, but I think cheese would have made them even better… if that’s even possible.


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