I had a big container of fresh Jack's Cantina Style Salsa in the fridge that I picked up at Costco recently, so I used that to help flavor the burgers with spices and keep them moist. I used ground turkey breast which I intentionally buy instead of the regular kind, but not because it doesn't have fat but simply because I prefer to pay for meat and then add fat back into the burgers instead (which keeps my burgers from shrinking as they cook). Since my theme this evening was "southwest", I added avocado oil to them to moisten the turkey breast and add healthy fats back into the burgers. To give them a slightly sweet and smoky flavor, I seasoned them with smoked paprika which adds a delicate smokiness without overpowering the mild flavored turkey. I added a touch of sea salt and then mixed in shredded cheddar cheese (I used a mixture of white and yellow sharp cheddar). Besides adding cheese flavor, it also acts as a binder and helps hold the burgers together without drying them out. These burgers turned out amazing! I served them topped with a dollop of salsa and sour cream and then scattered some multi-colored quartered fresh tomatoes on top. I served the burgeres alongside my Easy Coleslaw which is so good and unbelievably easy to make. The recipe for my burgers is below as well as a few photos. Enjoy!
Southwest Turkey Burgers
1 pound ground turkey breast or chicken breast
2 tablespoons avocado oil or olive oil (plus extra for cooking)
1/4 cup fresh salsa
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (use pepper-jack cheese for spicier burgers)
Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Divide and shape into 4 patties. Cook in a 12-inch nonstick skillet greased with additional oil over medium-high heat for approximately 5 to 7 minutes per side until golden brown and cooked through (juices should run clear). If desired, serve topped with salsa and sour cream.