Jalapeño Popper Turkey Burgers with Crispy Onion Strings

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…I’m back! Apologies for the week of silence – I spent some time in Denver for a few days with my college roommate. My oh my, what a beautiful city! We explored a few breweries, visited the Molly Brown house (loved it!), and lost our breath climbing to the amphitheater at Red Rocks (let’s just blame it on the altitude).

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It’s not often that I crave a big, juicy burger…but when I do, I make sure I do it right!

Last night I made these turkey burgers. They’re not just any burger – they’re filled with jalapeños, cheddar and pepperjack cheeses, onions, and garlic. And as if that wasn’t enough, I added a handful of crispy onion strings on top. I got a little help with the onion strings from my friend (I wish!) Ree Drummond.

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Jalapeños + melted cheeses + crisp-ies = jalapeño poppers, right?!

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Jalapeño Popper Turkey Burgers with Crispy Onion Strings
Serves 4
Jalapeños + melted cheeses + crisp-ies = jalapeño popper burgers!
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
25 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
25 min
For the onion strings
  1. ½ large yellow onion, thinly sliced on a mandoline
  2. 1 cup buttermilk
  3. 1 cup all purpose flour
  4. ½ tablespoon salt
  5. pepper to taste
  6. 1 quart of canola oil
For the burgers
  1. 1 lb. ground turkey
  2. 2 jalapeño peppers
  3. ½ large yellow onion
  4. 2 garlic cloves
  5. 2 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  6. 2 ounces shredded pepperjack cheese
  7. salt & pepper
  8. 4 hamburger buns
Optional toppings
  1. mustard, ketchup, mayo
  2. lettuce, tomatoes
For the onion strings
  1. Place the thinly sliced onions in a shallow bowl or dish. Cover with buttermilk and let sit on the counter for an hour. Combine flour, salt, and pepper in a bowl and set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a dutch oven or pot until the oil reaches 375 degrees Fahrenheit or until flour sizzles when you splash some in the oil.
  3. Using tongs, grab a handful of onions, shake off excess buttermilk, dip in flour mixture, shake off excess flour mixture, and gently drop in hot oil.
  4. Cook for about 1-2 minutes, or until onions begin to brown. Place onions on a paper towel lined plate to absorb excess oils.
For the burgers
  1. Loosely chop jalapeño peppers, onions, and garlic. Place in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Combine pepper mixture, ground turkey, shredded cheeses, salt and pepper. Use hands to make sure all ingredients are evenly incorporated into the meat.
  2. Divide mixture into four groups and form into patties.
  3. To cook, use an outdoor or stovetop grill and cook for about 7 minutes on each side, or until center reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Serve with whole wheat buns, optional toppings (listed above), and crispy onion strings.
Adapted from Onion Strings - Ree Drummond
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