• 1 1/3 pounds ground turkey breast, the average weight of 1 package
  • 1 medium red onion, half finely chopped, half diced
  • 1/4 pound sharp cheddar cheese, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1 rounded tablespoon chili powder, a healthy palmful
  • 2 teaspoons cumin (2/3 of a palmful)
  • 1 jalapeo or serrano pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO), plus some for drizzling
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • A handful of cilantro leaves, chopped


Serves: 4 servings


Preheat a large non-stick skillet, indoor grill pan or tabletop grill to medium-high heat.

Combine ground turkey, finely chopped onion, cheddar cheese, chili powder, ground cumin, jalapeo or serrano, garlic, salt and pepper in a medium bowl and mix everything together with your hands. Score the meat with the side of your hand to separate into 4 equal amounts. Form mixture into 4 large patties no more than 1-inch thick. Drizzle EVOO on the patties and place patties in a hot skillet or on a hot grill and cook 5-6 minutes on each side or until turkey is cooked through.

For the cilantro cream, combine the sour cream and chopped cilantro, salt and pepper in a small bowl.

Serve the cheddar-studded chili turkey burgers topped with a little of the cilantro cream and alongside South-Of-The-Border Iceberg Salad