Green Chile Turkey Burgers

Turkey burgers don’t have to be dry, plain, or boring and these Green Chile Turkey Burgers are just the opposite. They’re juicy, bursting with flavor, and topped with all the good fixings!

This recipe was inspired by a trip to New Mexico last year. We stopped at a tiny burger dive that was recommended by a fellow foodie friend, and I had a fabulous green chile burger! Check out all my trip highlights in my Instagram saved story highlights, look for New Mexico!

Putting the burgers together

Typically, I use a 93/7 ground turkey so there is some fat in there that helps to keep them juicy. Mix in all the seasonings and green chiles, form into four equal patties, and cook on the stop top. I prefer to make turkey burgers in a skillet or on a flat cook-top to avoid sticking on a grill. You could certainly grill these and would give them a nice char grilled flavor.

Brioche buns are always the way to go when making burgers at home. It gives the burgers that restaurant quality feel, and they toast up beautifully. I just lightly butter the buns, and throw them under the broiler for a couple minutes. Or, if you’re grilling of course, just throw them on the grill to toast up!

I top these Green Chile Turkey Burgers with a slice of pepper jack cheese, and classic toppings like lettuce and tomato. I’ve eaten these with fresh avocado OR some guacamole for an added level of flavor. The sauce for these incorporates the same flavors that are in the turkey. I use Greek yogurt for a cool and creamy sauce, but you could use mayo, or even cream cheese would be really tasty. I throw in some spices and the rest of the green chiles, it makes the perfect condiment!

Hope you enjoy! I cook with turkey often, check out some of my other favorite turkey recipes:

Sesame Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Turkey Taco Hash Brown Skillet

Turkey Chili with Sweet Potatoes, Chickpeas, and Kale

Teriyaki Turkey Burgers

Green Chile Turkey Burgers

Course Main Course
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Author Laura Doerr


  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper optional for heat
  • 4.5 oz can diced green chiles drained & divided
  • drizzle olive oil
  • 4 slices pepper jack cheese
  • 4 brioche hamburger buns toasted
  • fresh tomatoes sliced
  • leaf lettuce
  • fresh avocado or guacamole

For the sauce

  • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt
  • half of the can of green chiles
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/8 tsp smoked paprika
  • pinch salt


  1. In a small bowl, combine all of the sauce ingredients together, mix well, and set aside or refrigerate until ready to use.

  2. In a larger bowl, combine ground turkey, the other half can of the green chiles, salt, pepper, garlic and onion powders, ground cumin, smoked paprika, chili powder, and cayenne pepper. Mix until well combined and seasonings are distributed evenly.

  3. Divide the turkey mixture into 4 equal parts, and form into burger patties. Drizzle a skillet with a small amount of olive oil. Preheat skillet or cook-top on med-high. Cook burgers about 5-7 minutes per side, or until cooked through. Add cheese slices the last minute or two to melt.

  4. Spread Greek yogurt sauce on toasted buns, and assemble burgers with fresh tomato, lettuce, and avocado or guac. Enjoy!

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