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Mexican Elote Turkey Burgers

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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’?!

    ingredients for Mexican Elote Turkey Burgers

    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.

    Mexican elote turkey burger patties uncooked

    Kitchen Tools Needed for this Recipe

    • Large skillet and lid
    • Spatula 
    • Cutting board and sharp knife
    • Large mixing bowl

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    bitten into Mexican Elote Turkey Burger

    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!



    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.

    mexican elote turkey burgers on a bun

    Mexican Elote Turkey Burgers

    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!

    Prep time: 40 min |

    Cook time: 15 min |

    Total time: 55 min

    Cuisine: Mexican |

    Serves: 4


    • ¼  yellow onion, finely chopped and sauteed (75g uncooked)
    • 2 tbsp, olive oil (27g)
    • 1 lb, lean ground turkey 
    • ½ cup, frozen corn (thawed)* (68g)
    • 1.5 tbsp, elote seasoning* (14g)
    • ½ cup, cotija cheese, crumbled (56g)
    • 1 small handful cilantro, chopped (10g)
    • 4 hamburger buns
    • Optional toppings: tomato, lettuce, sliced onion, avocado 


    1. In a large skillet, saute the yellow onion medium-high heat with ½ tbsp of olive oil until translucent and tender.
    2. In a large bowl, add the ground turkey, thawed corn, elote seasoning, cotija cheese, cilantro, and sauteed onions. Stir with a spatula to combine. 
    3. Using your hands, form 4 equal-sized burger patties. Place on a plate and let chill in the fridge for 20-30 minutes.
    4. Add olive oil to your skillet and set heat to medium-high. (If using a grill, heat to 450° F).
    5. Cook burgers for 5-7 minutes per side. Cove skillet with a lid so the burgers cook through on the inside. Repeat until all burgers are cooked. (If using a grill, cook each burger 5-7 minutes each side until cooked through). 
    6. Serve on a toasted bun with a slice of tomato, lettuce, and sliced onion. Enjoy! 
    1. Can also use canned corn, be sure to drain of excess water.
    2. If you can’t find elote seasoning, use taco seasoning instead.

    Nutrition Facts

    Serving Size 1 burger

    Serves 4

    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 242
    Total Fat 39g
      Saturated Fat 2g
      Trans Fat 0g
    Cholesterol 45mg
    Sodium 441mg
    Total Carbohydrate 5g
      Dietary Fiber 1g
      Sugars 3g
    Protein 29g

    *Nutrition facts do not include burger buns

    Find on MyFitnessPal as: TWW - Mexican Elote Turkey Burgers

    Author: Christine


    Course: Main Entrees


    Cuisine: Mexican

    Keywords: Burgers, Street Corn, Mexican Food, Grilling

    Ratings and reviews (1)

    Chantal 2 months, 1 week ago

    I’ve never had this before but now I want to try it!

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