If you read my post about my first experience at Chick-fil-A, then you know my love for their Southwest Chicken Salad. Through that post and through ordering more salads from Chick-fil-A, I converted my mom, sister, and boyfriend (Devin) into southwest salad lovers. As I was thinking about that, I wondered how I could convert Devin into a turkey burger lover and that’s when the Southwest Turkey Burger was born.
I LOVE turkey burgers. Whenever I go out to eat, the first thing I look for on the menu is the turkey burger. I always wondered how restaurants got their turkey burgers to be so mouth-watering and juicy. When my mom made them at home, they never tasted the same as they do in the restaurant. (Sorry, Mom!) So I made it my mission to make a mouth-watering and juicy turkey burger that will make beef lovers (a.k.a Devin) go back for seconds.
As I developed the recipe for the southwest turkey burger, I wanted to make sure there was enough flavor. Roasting the corn and jalapeno brings out so much more flavor than putting them in raw. Cumin also adds that flair that a southwest burger would need. The pepperjack cheese adds spiciness and my favorite component, the tortilla strips, were actually Devin’s idea! They add a crunch and saltiness that brings the burger to the next level.
I have to say that as far as turkey burgers in my house go, this was the best one I’ve ever had. My mom even said, “This is the best turkey burger I’ve ever had including from the restaurants!” So that was it! I had succeeded in making a mouth-watering and juicy turkey burger. But what about making beef lovers go back for seconds? Well… Devin LOVED the burger. In fact, he told his family about it the next day because he loved it so much, but then he said one more thing: “This is really good, but it would be better if it were beef.” I even put bacon on it just to make him happy!
You can’t win ‘em all, can you? Next time you’re in the mood for a turkey burger, try out this recipe and see if your family raves about it as much as mine has.