Lately I feel like I’ve been in a cooking rut and have been trying out lots of new recipes to add a few new favorites to our rotation. The other weekend I decided to pick up some ground turkey and give it another go. It has been at least 2 years since I’ve had it and for good reason.

Before I got pregnant with Aiden we had turkey burgers all the time. Once pregnant, I could not stand the sight or smell of ground turkey whatsoever. The moment I smelled it, I was a gagging mess. One day in early pregnancy I started cooking it, I had to vacate the house and have Ryan take care of it because my aversion was so terrible. I became a red meat devouring animal during pregnancy. The aversion was so bad that it took me this long to even think about trying it again, but I’m so glad to say that we’re over that mess. 
Anyways…I’m finally able to eat it again so now we have a new option for some quick and healthy weeknight meals. I made these jalapeno turkey burgers the other night and they were awesome. They’re a great option for those evenings that you are time crunched, but want to still eat healthy.

My homemade buns came out HUGE for some reason, The burgers really aren’t small. 😉

Jalapeno Turkey Burgers
(adapted from this recipe)


1.25 pounds ground turkey
1 small onion (about 3/4 cup), diced
1/3 cup cilantro, finely chopped
1 jalapeno (seeds removed), finely diced
1 1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
Heavy splash of lime juice

Optional ingredients:
Hamburger buns
Cheese (we love pepperjack on these)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease a baking pan.
  2. Mix all ingredients in large bowl. 
  3. Form into 4-5 patties.
  4. Bake 30 minutes, turning once. Bake until you reach an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees F. Top each patty with cheese the last few minutes of baking.
  5. Top with condiments and toppings. Enjoy!
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