Green Chile Turkey Burgers

Juicy turkey burgers made with diced green chiles, red onion, garlic powder and red pepper flakes and served with homemade guacamole!

Top angle view of a green chile turkey burger sitting on a lettuce leaf topped with guacamole and tomatoes with tortilla chips and limes in the background

I can remember a time in my life when I prcatically lived on turkey burgers. I meal prepped them for lunch, had them for dinner, I would even cut them up and put them in my eggs for breakfast! (Highly suggest trying this by the way – it’s amazing. 😉 ) So I guess you could say I’m a bit of a turkey burger aficionado. But I have to say, these green chile turkey burgers are by far my most favorite to date!

First, a few quick reasons why I love using ground turkey for my burgers:

  1. It’s a much leaner meat than ground beef so it’s perfect for those times when you’re craving a burger but still trying to watch your waistline.
  2. Because it’s leaner, we need to add some fat/moisture back into the patties. (I personally love this because we can add whatever mix-ins and flavors we want! More on this below. 😉 )
  3. It’s gluten free, dairy free, Paleo and Whole30 approved!
2 turkey bugers with mashed avocado and tomatoes sitting on a marble counter top with a wood cutting board and cilantro

Let’s Talk Green Chiles

As I mentioned before, ground turkey tends to be a little more dry than regular ground beef so it’s important to have some kind of moisture/fat in these burgers to give them some life. That’s where the green chiles come in! Not only do they add moisture to your patties, but they also add A TON of flavor too! The cans I usually buy come in 2 varieties- “mild or hot.” Since I like things spicy I always get “hot”, but you can definitely use “mild” too if you just want the flavor.

Here’s a link to the cans I use – Hatch Diced Green Chiles

Homemade guacamole with chopped tomatoes sitting on a turkey burger and lettuce

How To Make Homemade Guacamole

And you can’t have a good green chile burger without some homemade guac, am I right?! All you need are the ingredients below to whip up a this super scrumptious condiment!

  • 1 avocado
  • 2 Tbsps chopped tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp green onion
  • 1 Tbsp cilantro, packed
  • 2 tsps lemon juice
  • Garlic salt, to taste
  • Sprinkle of chili powder

(Side note: Don’t you just love recipes like that? A dash of this… A sprinkle of that… Like how the heck am I supposed to measure this?! Sorry loves, but this one really is up to your own taste buds. I would suggest using very little garlic salt and chili powder at first and add more gradually as you taste it. RULE OF THUMB: You can always add more spice but you can never take any out!)

To actually make the guac, just simply mash the avocado and add in the rest of your ingredients. Easy – peasy!

Side view of a green chile turkey burger and guacamole with a whole wheat bun and chips in the background

Directions For Cooking Burgers On The Stove:

I’ll be honest, I’m still a little intimidated to use our giant grill. So whenever I’m making these for myself, I always use the stove and they come out perfect every time.

  1. Place a pan on the stove and heat it over medium high heat. Once it’s hot to the touch, spray the pan with non-stick cooking spray and place your patties in the pan.
  2. Cook for 3-5 minutes per side or until it reaches a temperature of 165 degrees with a meat thermometer.
  3. If you decide to add cheese (because what burger isn’t complete without it) just place it on top of your patties when they’re done, cover them and let the cheese melt for about 1 minute.

So there ya have it loves! Super easy and delicious green chile turkey burgers made in 10 minutes or less, all from the comfort of your own home. 🙂

I hope you’re all having a spectacular day!

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Top angle view of a green chile turkey burger sitting on a lettuce leaf topped with guacamole and tomatoes with tortilla chips and limes in the background
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Green Chile Turkey Burgers

Healthy, delicious, juicy and spicy – These incredibly easy burgers take no time at all to make and are perfect topped with some homemade guacamole!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American, Cali Mex
Keyword: green chiles, healthy, spicy, turkey burger
Servings: 5 patties
Author: Caitlin


For the turkey burgers:

  • lbs. ground turkey
  • ½ cup canned diced green chiles, drained & rinsed (mild or hot depending on how spicy you want them)
  • cup red onion
  • ¾ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes (omit if you don't want it spicy)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • Optional toppings: cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onion

For the guacamole:

  • 1 large avocado,
  • 2 Tbsps tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp green onion, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tsps lemon juice
  • Garlic salt, to taste
  • Sprinkle of chili powder


To make guacamole:

  • Mash the avocado and place it in a bowl. Mix in all the other ingredients. (For the garlic salt and chili powder, make sure to add them in gradually and taste the guacamole as you go until you reach your desired flavor/spice level.)

To make turkey burgers:

  • Add all ingredients in a bowl and mix until they're fully combined. Form the ground turkey mixture into 5 (.33lb) patties.
  • Place a pan on the stove and heat it over medium high heat. Once the pan is hot to the touch, spray it with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Place the patties in the pan and cook for 3-5 minutes per side (or until it's cooked to 165 degrees when measured with a meat thermometer).
  • If using cheese, place one cheese slice on each patty after it's done cooking and cover the pan for 1 minute. Then uncover it and take the patties out of the pan.


  1. Delicious and loved by the whole family. I actually put them on the BBQ. Very flavorful!!! Thank you for the recipe!!!

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