A south-of-the-border burger, with added sizzle from a chipotle salsa – our suggestion, add sliced avocado for a perfect topping.


  • 1 ½ pounds ground turkey, brought to room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 scallion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon pure ancho chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • pinch of ground cinnamon
  • vegetable oil, for brushing
  • 4 English muffins, toasted
  • ½ ripe Haas avocado, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons pepitas (toasted shelled pumpkin seeds)

Chipotle Salsa:

  • 5 large garlic cloves
  • 6 small tomatillos, husked*
  • 4 plum tomatoes
  • ¼ large onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1-3 canned chipotle chilies in adobo, seeded and finely chopped, plus 2 teaspoons of the adobo sauce
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • kosher salt

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Chipotle Salsa:
  1. Light the grill.
  2. Skewer the garlic on a bamboo skewer.
  3. Grill the garlic, tomatillos, tomatoes and onion over a medium-hot fire for 8-10 minutes, turning, until charred and softened. Let cool.
  4. Transfer to a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.
  5. Add the chipotles, adobo sauce, cilantro and sugar; pulse until combined. Season with salt.


  1. Lightly knead the ground turkey in a large bowl with the cilantro, scallion, garlic, ancho powder, salt, pepper, cumin, coriander and cinnamon. Shape the meat into four patties about ¾-inch thick.
  2. When the grill is medium hot, brush the burger and the grate lightly with the oil.
  3. Grill the burgers for 12 minutes, turning once, for medium.
  4. Place the burgers on the muffins; top with avocado, pumpkin seeds and Chipotle Salsa. Top with other half of muffin and serve with remaining salsa.

Nutrition Facts for Ingredients (per serving): Calories – 688, Fat – 36.9g, Dietary Fiber – 4.9g, Protein – 57.6g, Calcium – 16%, Iron – 53%.

Nutrition Facts for Chipotle Salsa (per serving): Calories – 56, Fat – 0.8g, Dietary Fiber – 2.6g, Protein – 2.3g, Vitamin A – 18%, Vitamin C – 62%.

**Nutrition information is calculated using an online calorie calculator. Variations may exist. Values are based on a 2,000-calorie diet.


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