Mexican Inspired Turkey Burgers

Along with Pizza, Hamburgers are definitely one of America’s Favorite casual foods.  Nothing better than a juicy hamburger with the cheese melted to perfection on a buttered and toasted bun.  Today’s burger is a bit more of a healthy take on the traditional burger with some Tex-Mex thrown in.  We’ve traded in regular hamburger buns for Sandwich Thins in this recipe and didn’t even miss them.  We definitely saved a few calories there, too.  Top it off with either regular or low-fat cheddar or pepper jack cheese and you’ve got a great casual meal.

Mexican Inspired Turkey Burgers

1/4 cup salsa

1/4  cup shredded reduced fat cheddar cheese

3 teaspoons paprika

1 teaspoon dried oregano                                                                                           PTDC0004_edited-1

1 teaspoon ground cumin

3/4 teaspoon sugar

3/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 (19 oz.) package 93% Lean Ground Turkey

4 hamburger buns or Sandwich Thins

Your desired Hamburger Toppings such as pickle, onion, tomato and lettuce

In a large bowl, combine Ground Turkey, salsa, cheese, paprika, oregano, cumin, sugar, garlic powder, thyme, salt and cayenne and mix well, shaping into four burgers.

Coat grill with cooking spray and grill, covered, over medium high heat for 5-7 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer reads 165° and juices run clear.

Place burgers on buns and top with additional cheese if desired and your favorite condiments and hamburger toppings.

Source: Taste of Home 2009 Healthy Cooking Annual Recipes, also at Taste of Home

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