Jalapeno Chili Lime Turkey Burger

Steph Wagner

January 18, 2018

Jalapeno Chili Lime Turkey Burger

Jalapeno Chili Lime Turkey Burger | Weight Loss Surgery Recipes | FoodCoach.Me

Turkey burgers are one of my FAVORITE weight loss surgery recipes!

It’s not even because it’s ground turkey. In fact, I’m of the mindset that it matters more how lean your meat is compared to WHICH meat it is. A ground beef can be 97% lean and a ground turkey could be 85% lean. I would pick the ground beef! Note: the percentage is based on the weight…so 85% lean and 15% fat means of the one pound of meat 15% of that is from fat. 

I digress. Back to my ground turkey feelings.

I find the moisture much easier to control in ground turkey.

I love a good lean ground beef burger…and meatloaf…and meatballs. I certainly use lean ground beef in my house.

When it comes to making a fast, indoor, burger patty I prefer to use lean ground turkey on my stovetop in a grill pan.

In fact, to keep more moisture in the meat I sear one side of the burger and then put a lid on it to keep steam trapped under the lid and moisture in the meat.

Then I flip it over (about 4-5 minutes later) and let it sear then put the lid back on.

I make sure the internal temperature of ground turkey is 160 before I take it off heat. You actually want the temp to be 165 but because of something called ‘carry over cooking’ your meat will get those 5 more degrees even when you pull it off the heat. 

There are SO many ways to flavor a fast turkey burger at home. I’ll share several of my favorites below.

How do you keep moisture in your meats? Comment below or join our email list and you can get in touch with me directly!

Low Carb Turkey Burger with Feta & Mint Yogurt Sauce. Delicious and approved for bariatric surgery patients!

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Parmesan Turkey Burger – Members Recipe

Buffalo Turkey Burger. Low carb and packed with flavor! Great after a bariatric surgery.

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Jalapeno Chili Lime Turkey Burger | Weight Loss Surgery Recipes | FoodCoach.Me

Jalapeno Chili Lime Turkey Burger

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Mexican, Stove Top
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 165kcal
Author: Steph Wagner
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  • 1 lb 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 small jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 tsp dried minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp green onions, diced
  • 1 small lime, juiced approximately 2 tbsp
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 egg white
  • toppings as desired: tomato slice, baby spinach


  • Heat a nonstick grill pan to medium high heat. Meanwhile, chop jalapeno and green onions.
  • In a medium bowl combine all ingredients except any toppings: turkey, jalapeno, garlic, green onion, lime juice, sea salt and egg white. Mix well and then form into 8 small patties.
  • Working in batches, add burgers to heated grill pan. Cook on each side approximately 4 minutes. Tip: after a minute, cover the burgers with a large lid to keep steam and maintain moisture in burger after the outside has been seared.
  • Flip the burgers and leave the lid off the first minute. Add lid to finish cooking. Check internal temperature using a meat thermometer to ensure internal temperature is 165.
  • Plate the burgers and add toppings as desired.


Serving: 2small burgers | Calories: 165kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 237mg | Potassium: 297mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 159IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 2mg
Nutrition Facts
Jalapeno Chili Lime Turkey Burger
Amount Per Serving (2 small burgers)
Calories 165 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 84mg28%
Sodium 237mg10%
Potassium 297mg8%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 159IU3%
Vitamin C 10mg12%
Calcium 33mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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