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Southwest Six Shooter Turkey Burger

The idea behind this burger was to create a healthy burger made with ground turkey breast that wasn't dry or lacking of flavor. As you will see this burger is very juicy and full of bold flavors that pop in your mouth with each mouth watering bite.


Sweet Corn Relish
1 ear yellow sweet corn
1 tablespoon melted butter
1-tablespoon corn oil
2 roma tomatoes chopped
½ tablespoon chopped jalapeno pepper
2 tablespoons chopped red onion
¼ cup fresh chopped cilantro leaves
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon ground cumin
1-tablespoon fresh lime juice
1-tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Cilantro Pesto Spread
2 cups fresh cilantro leaves
1 garlic clove
6 tablespoons olive oil
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1-cup sour cream
Patties 2-½ lbs. Ground turkey breast
6 chopped chipotle peppers
3 tablespoons adobo (comes in same can as chipotle peppers)
1/3-cup fresh chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon Salt
1-tablespoon fresh ground pepper
1-teaspoon ground cumin
1 medium yellow onion grated
1-tablespoon fresh chopped garlic
2 eggs
6 slices of jalapeno jack cheese cut thick
6 whole wheat Kaiser rolls sliced
Vegetable oil to lubricate the grate of the grill


To make sweet corn relish heat grill to 450 degrees, and melt butter. Combine melted butter with 1 tablespoon of corn oil and brush the ear of sweet corn on all sides with the mixture. Place corn on grill for 20 minutes rotating ¼ of a turn every 5 minutes. Remove corn from grill and let rest for 10 minutes. After resting cut corn off of cob and place in bowl with 2 roma tomatoes chopped, ½ tablespoon chopped jalapeno pepper, 2 tablespoons chopped red onion, ¼ cup fresh chopped cilantro leaves, ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper, ¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper, ¼ teaspoon ground cumin, 1-tablespoon fresh lime juice, 1-tablespoon extra virgin olive oil and mix well. Cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator until you are ready to put sandwich together To make cilantro pesto spread place cilantro, garlic salt and pepper in food processor begin pulsing, while pulsing drizzle in olive oil. Once olive oil is fully incorporated stop food processor, scrape the sides then add 1 cup of sour cream and pulse together. Move to a bowl and place in refrigerator until you are ready to put sandwich together. To make burgers combine in a bowl 2 ½ lbs. Ground turkey breast, 6 chopped chipotle peppers, 3 tablespoons adobo, 1/3 cup fresh chopped cilantro, 1 tablespoon Salt, 1 tablespoon fresh ground pepper, 1 teaspoon ground cumin, 1 medium yellow onion grated, 1 tablespoon fresh chopped garlic and 2 eggs. Mix ingredients together and form six patties equal in size. Place small thumbprint in top and bottom of each burger to prevent burgers from swelling up. To cook burgers preheat gas grill to 450 degrees then brush grill rack with oil to prevent burgers from sticking and place burgers on grill, cook for 6 minutes and then turn burgers to other side and cook for 4 more minutes at 450 degress. Now place one slice of jalapeno jack cheese on top of each burger and cook for 2 more minutes. Take burgers off grill and put aside on a plate to rest for 10 minutes. While burgers are resting place Kaisers on grill face down for 60 seconds to toast. Take buns off grill. To build the burgers take both sides of the Kaiser and evenly spread about a ½ tablespoon of the cilantro pesto spread on both the top and bottom of the Kaiser. Place a burger on the bottom half of each kaiser; place a heaping tablespoon of the sweet corn relish on top of each burger. Place the tops of the kaisers on the burger, slice the sandwiches in half and enjoy.


This burger is the perfect way to end a hot summer day. If you want to make it even healthier use low fat or fat free sour cream for the cilantro pesto spread and use just the egg whites and not the yolks in the burger.