Jalapeño Cheddar Turkey Burgers

Happy Spring! It’s a fresh start for everyone, and for me, the start of a new year. I had a great run and yoga class last night where I got to reflect in intentions for Spring and for the whole year. It’s so important and so nice to be able to take time once in awhile to really focus on what you want. It’s the first step to getting it! Some of my intentions, like worrying less and being less hard on myself are ever-present, but for this year I also want to spend more time reflecting on all that I have been given. It’s so easy to get bogged down in whiny day-to-day details when I really should be living more joyfully and gratefully. I also intend to professionally keep growing and building my business, no matter how hard it has been. Do you set birthday intentions or think of “resolutions” as the seasons change?

Aside from it being Spring, it really seems as though Summer has arrived early, and our grocery list this week definitely reflects that! Even before the weather warmed up, even before we left for California, I knew that we needed to make some eating changes (again!). We were getting lots of takeout, eating lots of random, unhealthy things, and snacking a TON. With marathon training, I am completely open to snacking, but my snacking was out of control, lots of weird things mixed together that ultimately made me feel kind of icky. Think Nutella and pretzels followed by chips and salsa. Not the best combo.

With the warm weather over the weekend, I got started thinking about burgers. I also hoped that a little more protein and planned meals would help to keep me full.

Jalapeño Cheddar Turkey Burgers were our first (indoor) grilled item of the season! It might be over the top, but these would be pretty good on some Kerrygold Cheddar Bread. . .

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Mixing these burgers up was simple; a container of lean ground turkey, three chopped jalapeños, a handful of chopped cilantro, an egg, 1/2 cup of Italian bread crumbs, and about 3/4 cup of sharp cheddar, all combined in a mixing bowl.

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turkey burgers

I tend to like burgers on the smaller side, mostly so I can load it up with toppings, so I made each one about the size of my palm and tossed them on our grill pan. For dinner, I served them on whole wheat sandwich buns, and for lunch I had a heated burger on top of a salad topped with guac and salsa which was delightfully filling!


My turkey burger looks pretty sad on this big bun, but don’t worry! I put 10 pickles, a few slices of sweet onion, ketchup, mustard, and romaine lettuce on top. There were probably more toppings than burger, but that’s the way I like it.

I ate the burger with a side of my favorite sweet peppers which, as you can see, are already wrinkly even though I just bought them. I guess I will just have to eat the whole bag in a day or two or mix them in with homemade salsa. It’s not a huge deal, but I definitely prefer my peppers crunchy!


Do you have a spectacular burger recipe or any favorite add-ins or toppings? For more of my favorite recipes, please visit my recipes page!


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  1. Elizabeth’s avatar

    This weather is making me positively giddy. I had a pretty good beet burger when I was in NY last week.


  2. Daisy’s avatar

    Happy Birthday. Much love to you. beautiful post!


  3. Ché @ Knight at the Restaurant’s avatar

    Happy birthday! I like your idea of setting a birthday intention, and yours is a good one. I hope you have a wonderful day today!

    As for burgers, I like the classic mushroom/onion/swiss combo. Nothing too creative, but always hits the spot.


  4. Michelle’s avatar

    It was wonderful coming home to such beautiful weather. Bret grilled up barbecued chicken last night. Yum!


  5. Emily @ A Cambridge Story’s avatar

    Happy bday! These stuffed burgers sound full of flavor!


  6. Erica @ In and Around Town’s avatar

    Happy Birthday!! these burgers look delicious. I am generally a true beef burger person, but I need to play around a bit more. I love all the good stuff packed into these guys.


  7. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic’s avatar

    You know I love anything jalapeno – and any kind of burger! This sounds fantastic. Hope you have a wonderful birthday!!


  8. Michelle Collins’s avatar

    I used to make turkey burgers similar to these all the time in my omnivore days – they were one of my go-to weeknight meals!


  9. melissanibbles’s avatar

    These burgers look delicious. I like anything with cheese :)

    I set intentions throughtout the year because I don’t like to think of life as a series of starts and stops. Seasons and dates are man-made set times, our spirits, minds, bodies, goals, etc…are not. Did I just blow your mind with my spiritualness? Haha!


  10. Megan’s avatar

    10 pickles?! Nice! That looks like a great burger.


  11. Colleen @ Culinary Colleen’s avatar

    I love the idea of loading up the turkey burgers with jalapenos! I always feel like turkey burgers need that extra kick.


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