Southwest Turkey Burgers are a delicious healthy weeknight meal.

Southwest Turkey Burgers

Turkey burgers have a reputation for being… a bit boring. But! These Southwest Turkey Burgers are loaded with chopped bell pepper, poblano pepper, onion, garlic, and spices so that they are bursting with flavor. These Southwest Turkey Burgers are an easy to make healthy alternative to a beef burger.
Course dinner
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 pound Ground Turkey
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped White Onion
  • 1/2 finely chopped Red Bell Pepper
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped Poblano Pepper
  • 2 cloves of finely chopped Garlic
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped Flat Leaf Parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon Paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Onion Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Red Onion
  • 1 Heirloom Tomato
  • 1 Avocado
  • Lettuce
  • 4 Brioche Buns
  • Optional Ranch Dressing


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet. Once hot, add the onion and saute for 1 minute. Then add the bell pepper, poblano pepper, and garlic. Season generously with salt and pepper. Saute for 2 minutes, until the veggies have softened slightly. Then remove from the heat, pour into a mixing bowl, and let cool.
  2. Once the sauteed vegetables have cooled, add the turkey, parsley, paprika, garlic powder, and onion salt. Stir to combine.
  3. Divide the turkey mixture into four even sections and form them into flat round patties, just larger than the buns.
  4. Lightly coat a grill pan with olive oil and heat over medium-high heat. Add the burgers and cook for 4-5 minutes per side, until they are browned and the internal temperature reaches at least 165 degrees (this is the cooking temperature for turkey breast). If you like you can slice the onion and grill the slices alongside the burgers.
  5. Serve the burgers on buns and topped with red onion, tomato, avocado, lettuce, and maybe a drizzle of ranch dressing.

Recipe Notes

The recipe below makes 4 turkey burgers, but you could easily double or triple the recipe. You may want to make extra and then individually wrap some and leave them in your freezer for later.