Turkey Piri Piri Burgers

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30 MIN


121 g


44 g


2112 kcal


27 g


318 mg


33 g



ground turkey ( or chicken )

455 g

chili powder ( or minced piri piri peppers )

1 tsp

minced garlic

1 tsp

ground cumin

1/2 tsp, whole

pink Himalayan salt

1/2 tsp


1/4 tsp

ground black pepper

1/4 tsp, whole

mayonnaise ( combine hot piripiri pepper sauce )

1/2 cup

chopped cilantro

1/2 cup

red onion ( sliced into rings )

1/4 medium

red bell pepper ( cut into large burger size chunks )

5 pepper

Turkey Piri Piri Burgers

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Step 1

Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium-high heat.

Step 2

Combine the ground turkey with the spices until well mixed.

Step 3

Form into 4-5 burgers and grill about 5 minutes per side until cooked through.

Step 4

While burgers are cooking, prepare the toppings, and set them aside.

Step 5

Grill the red pepper pieces until lightly charred on each side but still firm, about 2-3 minutes per side.

Step 6

Assemble burger with toppings between the grilled pepper pieces.

Some like it hot! As your summer heats up, spice up your burger game with these turkey piri piri burgers. Ground turkey is a fairly neutral-tasting lean meat that easily takes on the savory profile of the spices you add to it so it’s the perfect base for a spiced burger that brings the heat to your table.

This burger uses the heat of piri piri peppers in combination with cumin, coriander, and garlic to round out the taste profile. Piri piri peppers are a medium-hot spiced pepper falling above a jalapeño on the heat scale and just below habanero. If you can’t find piri piri pepper or piri piri hot sauce, use Tabasco or a habanero based hot sauce for heat.

For a healthy and delicious low carb alternative to a bun, grill up some red bell pepper halves until lightly charred but still somewhat firm so they remain hand-holdable. Grilling the peppers brings out a sweet smoky flavor that is the perfect complement to the piri piri pepper and spices in the burger. Other non-bun alternatives you could use include lightly grilled slices of summer squash, zucchini, eggplant, sweet potato, tomato ends, or lettuce wraps. Top these off with spicy mayo, cilantro, and red onion for a tasty turkey burger!

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