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  • Writer's pictureHeather Green

The Best Grilled Jalapeno and Pepper Jack Turkey Burgers!

Updated: Sep 27, 2022

When I was a child I loved The 4th of July. Even now I can remember my mother setting up a small pool in the back yard, and it felt like hours for the garden hose to fill it up. I remember swimming and smelling her grilling up burgers that she made. The smell of a charcoal grill brings back those memories so fast.


I am picky with spicy things. I like warm, but not hot and I am pleased to say that if you’re the same, then you’ll like these burgers. They have the jalapenos mixed in and the pepper jack gives it a little extra something. I like this recipe because you can adjust the heat to your level of liking by adding more or less jalapenos or leaving in seeds. My husband absolutely loved this and I hope you and your family does as well!

Grilled Jalapeno Pepper Jack Turkey Burger Recipe

Serves 4 Takes 28 minutes to make 368 calories

  1. olive oil for the pan and grilling

  2. 1 cup red onion, finely chopped

  3. 1/4 to 1/2 cup jalapeño peppers, seeds removed, finely chopped, (I wear vinyl gloves when chopping these. Nothing worse than forgetting you chopped jalapeno and rubbing your eye.)

  4. 2 teaspoons garlic, minced

  5. 1 pound ground turkey

  6. 1 cup Pepper Jack cheese, grated

  7. 1 teaspoon of sea salt

  8. 1 teaspoon granulated sugar

  9. 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  10. a few turns of freshly ground black pepper


1.) Coat the bottom of a medium-large sauté pan with the oil and place it over medium heat.

2.) Add the onion, jalapeños, and garlic and sauté until the onions are soft, about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool to room temperature.

3.) Once the onion mixture has cooled, in a large mixing bowl, combine it with the turkey, cheese, salt, sugar, cumin, and pepper. Use your hands to blend all of the ingredients together so they are evenly distributed. I like to use vinyl gloves whenever I am handling raw meat, to prevent cross-contamination. You can get some by clicking the affiliate link below (I get a small commission).

4.) Preheat the BBQ or a stove-top grill ( I personally used a nonstick pan), shape the turkey mixture into 4 evenly sized burgers, and drizzle them with oil.

5.) When the grill is very hot, put on your burgers. Grill until the bottoms are nicely marked, about 3 minutes, then flip them over and reduce the heat to medium-low.  Continue grilling just until the turkey is cooked through, about another 5 minutes. I like to put an extra slice of pepper jack on top.

6.) Place the cooked burgers on a plate and cover with foil.

7.) Lightly butter and toast the inside of a bun to prevent it from getting soggy and then serve your burgers!

If you’re looking for a low-carb option, instead of a bun try using lettuce leaves or a low-carb tortilla.

Toppings for this include an extra slice of pepper jack, red onion, mustard (which went really well with it), lettuce a,nd tomato!

If you made this, let me know how it went in the comments below! If you would like exclusive content into my life then feel free to follow my social media’s listed on the sidebar! Have a wonderful day! -Heather Autumn

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