Tex-Mex Turkey Burgers (Smokey Spicy Turkey Burgers with Cilantro Pesto & Smokey Spicy Mayo on Texas Toast)

Pairs well with:

Chenin Blanc

This wine is bursting with crisp, refreshing fruit flavors like apple, pear, and melon, making you want to swing your legs off a dock at sunset.

Cilantro , Cumin, Adobo sauce, and chile powder , all of these herbs & spices shout Tex-mex flavor. So many of us are trying to eat healthier alternatives, but eating healthier doesn’t mean sacrificing good-taste.These herbs & spiceadd so much to the ground turkey you don’t know your eating a healthier burger


Cilantro Pesto

2-bunches cilantro , lower stems cut off

1/2 cup toasted chopped pecans

3oz.- manchego cheese,grated

1/4-1/3 cup- regular(not extra virgin)olive oil


21/2 lbs- ground turkey

1Tbsp.- ancho chile powder

2tsp.- smoked paprika

1tsp.-garlic powder

1tsp.-onion powder

1tsp.-ground cumin

1/2 tsp. smoked sea salt

1/2tsp.- regular sea salt

21/2 Tbsp.- adobo sauce

Smokey Spicy Mayo

1cup- mayonnaise

1Tbsp.- adobo sauce

1/2 tsp.- ancho chile powder

1/tsp.- smoked paprika

1/2 tsp. -smoked sea salt

vegetable oil to brush grill

12oz. -cotija cheese,crumbles

12 slices- Texas Toast


Prepare charcoal grill with cover or pre-heat a gas grill to medium high.

Make pesto first . Start by placing pecans in a heavy fire proof skillet on the grill. Toast pecans 2-3 minutes tossing frequently. Remove and cool. Place cilantro, cooled pecans, and grated cheese in a food processor. Pulse until mixture is smooth. Start food processor again steadily pouring in oil. Pouring in just enough oil to pull the mixture together. Last add salt. Put pesto into a resealable container and refrigerate until ready to use.

Place ground turkey into a large mixing bowl. Next place spices into a small mixing bowl stir with a spoonjoy until well-blended. sprinkle spice mixture into turkey mixing by hand as you go. Next add in adobo sauce. be sure to wash your hands after this step so as not to accidently get the hot sauce in your eyes. cover and set aside until ready to shape and cook patties.

Now make the mayo sauce. Place mayo, spices, and adobo sauce into a small mixing bowl stir until well mixed cover and refrigerate until ready for use.

Shape turkey mixture into 6 large patties to fit the toast. Brush the grill with oil place patties on the grill Cook patties, turning every 2 minutes for a total of 4-6 minutes.Divide crumbled cotija cheese between the patties leave on grill an additional 1-11/2 minutes. remove burger to a plate until ready to assemble.

Place bread slices on grill toast both sides until golden brown. Remove Spread mayo on one side of each slice of toast. Place burger on one slice top with pesto and place second slice of toast on top. Enjoy!