Fiesta turkey burgers

Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 10 minutes Total Time 20 minutes
Serves 4     adjust servings

Fiesta turkey burgers have just 4 basic ingredients but create a little flavor explosion in your mouth!


  • 1.3 lbs. ground turkey (I use 93% lean)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil, for cooking

For serving

  • Burger buns or lettuce for lettuce wraps

Optional toppings

  • Melted cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese (or Pepper Jack), shredded lettuce, pico de gallo and/or salsa and/or sliced tomatoes, pickled jalapeno slices, pickled red onions, sour cream or Greek yogurt, sliced avocado or guacamole, crushed tortilla chips


In a medium bowl, combine turkey, garlic, taco seasoning and shredded cheese and mix until just combined. Divide into 4 equal portions and shape into patties. (I make mine just under an inch thick.)

Heat a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat and add oil.

Add burgers to pan and cook over medium-high heat for 5-6 minutes, then flip and continue cooking until done, about 5-6 minutes more. If you are adding sliced cheese to your burgers, you can do that when you flip them, so it melts.

Let rest for 5-10 minutes before serving. Then add desired toppings and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

I use ground turkey (93% lean) but you could substitute ground chicken or ground beef if you prefer.

I use homemade taco seasoning but you could substitute store-bought.

You can serve these turkey burgers in a regular bun or make a lettuce wrap if you want to be low-carb (and/or gluten-free).

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