Grilled Southwest-Style Turkey Burgers

Amy Clevenger

by | Updated: December 4th, 2016 | Read time: 1 minute

Planning a fiesta this week? Think outside the taco shell and grill up a batch of these tasty turkey burgers, flavored with salsa, cilantro and cojita cheese and topped with spicy chipotle mayo for a south-of-the-border celebration on a bun. Besides fiery flavor and hearty texture, these plump patties are packed with protein and extra nutrition from flax seeds and fiber-rich rolled oats. They’re a healthy alternative to not just early-May Mexican-style dishes but to ordinary burgers any day of the week!

Grilled Southwest-Style Turkey Burgers

Grilled Southwest-Style Turkey Burgers

Makes 1 serving


2 Tbsp. salsa
¼ cup rolled oats
1 Tbsp. flax seeds
½ tsp. minced garlic
2 whole eggs
2 Tbsp. cilantro, chopped
1-1/4 lbs. extra-lean ground turkey
1/8 cup cotija cheese
Salt and pepper, to taste
Topping: chipotle mayonnaise


  1. In large bowl, combine all ingredients (except topping) and mix well. Let mixture sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Shape mixture into 8 patties.
  3. Grill patties on barbeque until cooked through. (Note: Patties may also be baked in the oven.)
  4. Top with additional cheese just before done, if desired.
  5. Serve topped with chipotle mayonnaise.
Amy Clevenger

Amy Clevenger is a Los Angeles-based food blogger. In 2013, she started her popular Instagram account @FantasticallyFit to help keep her accountable in her journey to better health. Clevenger’s brand has since expanded to include and the popular e-recipe book series, Healthy Eats. Clevenger’s passion for healthy eating and cooking began while she was pursuing her master’s degree in counseling and guidance from Cal Lutheran University. Her work with families helped her to realize that living a healthy, happy life starts in the kitchen. She believes clean eating doesn’t have to mean giving up on great taste. Today, Clevenger is married to her college sweetheart and lives in Los Angeles with her three cats, Kailani, Confettu and Harley.