Enchilada Turkey Burgers

by Kelli H. on August 15, 2014

Life is definitely changing. David recently started his new job in San Francisco, which obviously is quite the commute. One great benefit of this new company is that they are more concerned with the results you produce rather than how many hours you’re in the office. Being that we live in Sonoma County, it’s great that he’ll have the option to work from home. Tomorrow is his first day of taking advantage of working from home. He’s abbreviated it to WFH. When I first read it in an e-mail from him I had no idea what he was talking about.

It’s been different having him away from the house for so long each day, but there’s one thing that hasn’t changed, and that is our dinners. We’ve always enjoyed eating dinner together. When we first moved in together, we said we’d never eat dinner while watching t.v. (we don’t have cable, but we do use Netflix). Well, we also worked in the same office at that time, so we’d spend lunches together, and we always knew what the other person was doing, so that “no t.v.” rule didn’t really last long. We tend to start series together and watch them all the way through, though we don’t binge watch them, just one episode a night of whatever we’re watching together.

I’m glad that we can still watch our shows and eat dinners together. We’re currently watching the 2nd season of Hemlock Grove (SO WEIRD!). Now we just tell each other about our days while we do the dishes together. In a perfect world I believe the cook should never do the dishes, but since we’re both hard working people, I figure I can help him out with the dishes.

I’ve made these turkey burgers twice this month already, and it probably won’t be the last. They are absolutely our favorite burgers right now. I’ve claimed other’s to be our favorite in the past, but this is both our favorite burger of 2014. The homemade enchilada sauce is the best I’ve ever had. I’m dying to make chicken enchiladas next week with the sauce from this recipe.

Do yourself a big favor and make these bad boys. Don’t skimp on the avocado either because it definitely helps make them the best. These turkey burgers are total man food, but they are also healthy enough to be a woman’s favorite, too.

Enchilada Turkey Burgers
Inspired by Bake Your Day

Enchilada Sauce
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons flour
1/4 cup chili powder
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon corriander
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
2 cups chicken broth
1 tablespoon tomato paste

Turkey Burger
1.25 pounds ground turkey
1 (4 oz) can diced green chiles, drained
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1/3 cup prepared enchilada sauce
1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
5 slices jack cheese
buns, tomato, avocado, lettuce, and onion to top

1. Preheat BBQ to medium high heat. 

2. In a sauce pan over medium heat add olive oil. Whisk in flour and whisk for 2 minutes. Whisk in chili powder through oregano and cook for 30 seconds to toast the spices. Whisk in chicken broth slowly. Whisk in tomato paste and cook for 7-8 minutes. Sauce will thicken up on it’s own. Remove from heat.

3. In a large bowl; combine ground turkey through panko and shape into 5 burger patties. Coat with olive oil. Place burgers on grill and cook for 7 minutes. Flip burgers over and cook an addition 5 to 7 minutes longer. At the 5 minute mark top patties with cheese and cook until melted. Remove from grill.

4. Assemble burgers by slathering enchilada sauce onto bun. Top the burger with accompaniments and more enchilada sauce if desired.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Made in Sonoma August 15, 2014 at 4:31 am

These are the best burgers I have ever had in my entire life.


Made in Sonoma August 15, 2014 at 1:58 pm

aww…thanks, boo.


Made in Sonoma August 17, 2014 at 7:16 pm

I made these last night and they were fantastic. You are right about the enchilada sauce. So easy to make and so much tastier than from a can. Your dad definitely agrees with David. I will probably be making them again next week!


Made in Sonoma August 17, 2014 at 7:53 pm

Glad you guys liked them! David asked for them again this week but I told him I need to try another kind. hehe.


Made in Sonoma August 22, 2014 at 10:44 am

These look really good. I used to make homemade burgers all the time when Marty and I first were married. Nowadays, I haven’t in over a year! It looks like your husband approves 🙂 I’ll have to try them out!


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