Monterey BBQ Turkey Burgers


This crazy fall weather has not felt much like fall in our area. I was outside sunbathing after work the other day and by the middle of October it is usually time for boots and sweaters. Oh well, still keeping up my summer tan doesn’t bother me one bit. And neither does being able to grill dinners. Food on the grill just tastes so good and, bonus, it is easy clean up too. My husband is a grill master so any chance I can get to plan meals around the grill, I take full advantage of. With warm weather in the forecast this week, I wanted to try a turkey burger recipe. It is a mixture of some spices, BBQ sauce and shredded Monterey Jack cheese right in the burger mix. Be careful when grilling, though, that the cheese does not melt onto the grill. My husband suggests using a little cooking spray before throwing on these delicious burgers. Top with your favorite condiments (lettuce, tomato, some extra BBQ sauce… YUM!!!) and enjoy. Make the first bite count!



Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4-5

Cooking spray
1 pound ground turkey
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese
1/2 cup BBQ sauce (I like Sweet Baby Rays)
Hamburger buns (I like potato buns)
Toppings: extra BBQ sauce, lettuce, tomato, onions, mayo, ketchup

1. Heat grill to medium high heat. Spray with cooking spray to prevent sticking.

2. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl with your hands. Try not to overmix. Form about 5 patties, using your thumb to press down the center of each burger. When cooked, the middle will bubble up and if it is pressed down, it will bubble up to be the same height as the rest of the burger instead of too high.

3. Grill about 3-4 minutes per side or until cooked through. Serve on buns with your favorite toppings.


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