Spicy Southwest Turkey Burgers

These are one of the most requested dinners in my household! The burgers are juicy, spicy, and delicious. Don’t let the length seasoning list scare you off. It is totally worth it; there’s nothing that’s hard to find. Plus mixing up one batch of seasoning will last you for a couple of rounds of burgers.

Budgeting Win

When I developed this recipe a few years ago, I was looking for alternatives to beef. At the time the price of beef had soared, and turkey was much cheaper. Now they are priced similarly. However, ground turkey is lower in saturated fat than ground beef, even when matched in total fat content. That means less unhealthy fat and lower cholesterol. At my Aldi, 93/7 ground turkey is usually $2.99 for a 1.2 pound package. That’s $0.37/burger in meat. Budgeting win! (For more frugal Aldi buys, check out my list of favorites in this post.)

Not only is this recipe easy on the budget, it’s simple to assemble. Even Mr. PC does it on occasion. A recipe has to be really darn tasty for me to put in a lot of work. Luckily, this one super yummy, but without all the work. It absolutely should be in your weeknight rotation.

A Flexible Recipe

Sometimes I think I have enough of an ingredient, so I don’t buy it at the store. Then later in the week when I need it I realize I’m out. It happens more than it should. Anyway, I’ve skipped the jalapeños inside. The burgers were still tasty. Same with the breadcrumbs. Please do not skip the corn. I did that once. The burgers weren’t nearly as good. The frozen corn thaws as the burgers cook and helps keep them from drying out since there’s so little fat in them.

You could have a salad or some roasted veggies to round out your meal. We typically eat 2 burgers each and snack on a few chips to use up whatever guac is left. And wash it all down with a cold one. The corn inside counts as a vegetable right? That leaves 2 burgers for each of us to take for lunch. Hot lunches are the best. Leftovers are my jam.

What are your favorite turkey burger toppings?

Southwest Spicy Turkey Burgers

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Burger, Turkey
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 burgers


Turkey Burger Seasoning

  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp chipotle powder
  • 2 tsp ancho chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 3/4 tsp onion powder
  • 3/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne powder

Turkey Burgers

  • 1 finely diced jalapeno w/out stems or seeds
  • 1/4 cup frozen corn
  • 1/4 cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1.2 lbs ground turkey Aldi sells in this size, or use 1 lbs
  • 2 tbsp turkey burger seasoning

Accompaniments to Mix & Match

  • 4 slices cheese I like cheddar or pepper jack here.
  • 8 hamburger buns
  • guacamole
  • sliced jalapeno
  • hot sauce


  1. In a small storage bowl, mix all seasoning ingredients well. Set aside.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, blend ground turkey with seasonings and breadcrumbs. Once uniform, fold in corn and jalapeño. Form into 8 patties. 

  3. Cook burgers in a skillet on medium heat for a few minutes on each side. They tend to puff up, and cooking with the lid on helps ensure the centers are done.

  4. While the burgers are cooking you can mash up a batch of guacamole and gather and toppings you want.

  5. Melt cheese over top. A half of a slice of cheese fits each patty nicely.

  6. Top with desired accompaniments and enjoy!

I absolutely LOVE this skillet! My grandma got it for me for Christmas, and as always she picked a winner! 
I use it all the time (it’s what’s peeking into some pictures above), it cooks evenly, and nothing ever sticks. Since it’s made of ceramic there’s no harmful coating to worry about getting in your food. I seriously cannot recommend it enough!


This mixing bowl/measuring cup duo is one of my kitchen staples. I use it a few times a week, and is what I always use to mix up turkey burgers. I’ve had it for a few years and it still looks new after many runs through the dishwasher.


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Ground turkey has less cholesterol and is usually cheaper than ground beef. These burgers are spicy, flavorful and a perfect weeknight meal. #burgers #addguac

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