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These Mexican Elote Turkey Burgers are perfect for grilling up in the summertime. Bursting with Mexican-inspired flavors that will leave your tastebuds howling for more!
If you’re reading this and it’s still the end of April, early May, hooray you still have time to make these for your Cinco de Mayo festivities! May weather is usually pretty up in the air for us New Englanders - could be nice and sunny or it could be cold and rainy. Whether you have access to a grill or not, does not matter because these burgers can be made on the stove as well.
Let’s Talk Turkey Burgers
Turkey burgers without any added ingredients can be dry, boring, and bland. That’s why these Mexican Elote Turkey Burgers are to simply die for! The combination of ground turkey with cotija cheese, caramelized onions, cilantro, corn, and elote seasoning is a real winner!
These burgers are so juicy and flavorful you won’t even miss the fact that they’re not made with ground beef. Ground turkey is a very lean source of meat that’s high in protein, low in fat, and leaves you feeling full and satisfied. Since it is a very lean meat, it tends to dry out if cooked plain with no added ingredients. By stuffing the burgers with ingredients, this allows the flavors to mix together and ultimately give you a juicer burger.
Olé! Ready to get grillin’?!
What Ingredients are Needed for Mexican Elote Turkey Burgers?
Ground Turkey: Naturally lower in fat than ground beef, ground turkey is a heart-healthy choice and provides about 30g of protein per serving for this recipe.
Cotija Cheese: A Mexican cow’s milk cheese that packs in a ton of delicious flavor into these burgers!
Corn: Frozen corn that has been thawed or canned corn drained. Either works!
Onions: Caramelized yellow onions adds a savory sweetness to the burgers and is way more flavorful than adding in raw onions IMO.
Elote Seasoning: Trader Joe’s sells an “Everything but the Elote” seasoning blend that consists of salt, chile pepper, cheese, chipotle, and cumin. If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you or can’t find a similar product at your local grocery store, feel free to swap this for taco seasoning.
Cilantro: Freshly chopped cilantro adds a nice touch of green and freshness into our burgers. I know cilantro is really hit or miss for some people, so if you’re someone who thinks it tastes like soap, omit it all together or replace it with some chives or scallions.
Burger Buns: Any buns you prefer. I opted for sesame buns this time but I love whole wheat buns, sourdough rolls, a piece of corn bread sliced in half would be fun here too! If gluten-free, omit the bun or choose your favorite gluten-free bun brand.
Kitchen Tools Needed for this Recipe
- Large skillet and lid
- Cutting board and sharp knife
- Large mixing bowl
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How to Make Mexican Elote Turkey Burgers
Prep the Patties: Saute up the chopped yellow onion. While that's cooking, add the ground turkey, crumbled cotija cheese, chopped cilantro, corn, and elote seasoning to a large bowl. Mix all the ingredients together with a spatula. Fold in the cooked onions.
Make the Patties: Form into four equal-sized patties and let chill in the fridge for 20-30 minutes.
Cook the Patties: Cook on the stove or grilling following my tips below!
EAT THE PATTIES!
Turkey Burger Cooking Tips
Cooking these burgers is easy peasy. If you have a grill, just slap ‘em on there for 5-7 minutes per side until cooked through to a temperature of 165° F. If you’re cooking them on a skillet, heat 2 tbsp of olive oil on medium-high heat and cook approximately 5-7 minutes each side until that 165° F temperature is reached. If you don’t have a food thermometer, you can lightly slit the burger to see if it is still pink inside - try to aim for minimal pinkness.