Grilled Rosemary Jalapeño Turkey Burgers


When deciding on our menus for the week this past weekend, my daughter asked if we could have burgers one night. Tonight was that night and I prepared regular beef burgers for her and turkey burgers for Dennis and me.

For the turkey burgers, I decided to use fresh rosemary that I had in the refrigerator as well as fresh jalapeño that I also had in the fridge.

I started with a pound and a half of ground turkey, 100% breast meat. We wanted our burgers to be low fat, so we chose the breast meat. Feel free to use whichever ground turkey you prefer though. To the ground turkey, I added 1 clove of minced garlic, 1 diced and seeded jalapeño, 1 tablespoon of fresh minced rosemary, kosher salt, pepper, 2 egg whites, nut crumbs (feel free to use bread crumbs), and yellow mustard. If you prefer to use the whole egg, please do so (1 egg should do). I used egg whites instead tonight because Dennis is in the middle of a fitness challenge and they are allowed to have only the egg whites for a few more weeks.


I mixed everything together, lightly, in this bowl and formed five patties. You could easily make 6 burger patties out of this mixture if you so desire.


My souś chef, Dennis, did the grilling tonight and he did a fantastic job!


Dennis grilled the burgers on the first side for 5 minutes. After turning them, we grilled them for another 3 minutes. The internal temperature of the burgers should be 165 degrees when they are done.

I served the burgers with sautéd mini heirloom tomatoes and topped the turkey burger with a bit of spring mix and goat cheese and chose to serve the burger on an English muffin. I don’t know why, but I love using an English muffin as a bun when I’m having a turkey burger. They just seem to go together in my mind … sort of like peanut butter and jelly, ham and Swiss, salt and pepper – you get the idea.




1-1/2 pounds of lean ground turkey
1 clove garlic, minced
1 jalapeño, seeded and minced
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, minced
1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon pepper
2 egg whites
3/4 cup nut crumbs (or bread crumbs)
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
spring mix and goat cheese for topping on burger


  1. Place ground turkey in a large bowl for mixing.
  2. Add all ingredients and mix together lightly with a fork.
  3. Form into 5-6 burger patties.
  4. Preheat grill and grill on high for 5 minutes. Turn and grill another 3-4 minutes, until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.


Until next time, Kris




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