Why does it seem like all dads like nuts, butter pecan ice cream, and spicy food?
Okay maybe that’s just our dads.
My friend Heidi told me this was one of the best burgers she’s ever had. Those are big words to live up to…but they did. This burger has amazing flavor and the chipotle peppers give it some nice heat which my husband loves (remember those leftover chipotle peppers I told you to keep from the Roast Beef Hoagies). Then it’s served with a Chipotle Lime Mayo. Oh wait…I have a confession…this is a turkey burger. Yes, I served a healthy turkey burger with loads and loads of Chipotle Lime Mayo and Queso Fresco cheese. I didn’t have any beef…give me a break. I’m sure a beef burger gives it a little more oomph but if the turkey burger version was this good I can only imagine.


Southwest Burger

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With all the flavor in this southwest burger, no one will mind the fact that it's healthy turkey rather than beef.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings



  • 1 1/2 lbs ground chuck or ground sirloin, (turkey burger is good too)
  • 1 1/2 chipotle peppers canned in adobo sauce, cut up
  • 1 1/2 T adobo sauce, (from the chipotle chili can)
  • 1/4 cup grated onion, (I just minced mine with my food chopper)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Chipotle-lime Mayo:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp adobo sauce, (from the canned chipotle chilis)
  • 2 T chopped fresh cilantro

To assemble:

  • 4-6 good quality buns
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • 1-2 avocados, sliced
  • lettuce
  • optional: jack, cotija, or queso fresco cheese (or your favorite sliced cheese)


  • To make the mayo, just put ingredients in a small bowl and mix together. Place in the fridge until ready to use. You can also make this ahead of time.
  • Gently crumble meat into a bowl. Add the other ingredients and gently work together. They give a great tip that if you overwork it, the meat gets a gross texture, so just mix until it is worked through.
  • Then divide into 4 patties (or 6 small patties) and place on your preferred cooking surface, be it grill, indoor grill, or skillet.
  • In the last few minutes of grilling, add your cheese. When done, remove from grill and let cool for about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, toast your buns and lather the prepared mayo on both sides. Then place burger on bun, add avocado, tomato, and lettuce and eat away into bliss!


Cuisine: American
Course: Main Course