Summer is here and in my opinion, the best dinner recipes are made in the summer. When it comes to weeknight summer cooking, I need easy, high protein and budget friendly meals to make. Welcome to the Summer Supper Series – where I share healthy and tasty meals to make this summer without breaking the bank.

It’s not summer without grilling. These jalapeno turkey burgers are a summer dinner staple – fresh, flavorful, quick and healthy. If you’re a busy mom or plan on hosting friends for a poolside barbecue, this 15 minute summer cookout meal will be perfect.

jalapeno turkey burgers are the perfect july 4th or summer cookout recipe

These high protein turkey burgers are an easy summer dinner idea that’s perfect for meal prep and budget friendly

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After making these jalapeno turkey burgers for meal prep and for lunch so many times, I’ve found a few hacks to prevent your burgers from falling apart.

Before forming the turkey mince into patties, I always pop it in the freezer for about 15 minutes. This helps to keep the meat firm and prevent it from breaking apart when you put them on the grill.

In the same sense, I don’t press the turkey burgers into patties until after the are on the grill. I shape them into balls and just ever so slightly press them a little flatter. Once on the grill, I will flatten them just a bit as they begin to cook. Nothing is worse than half your burger falling into the slats of the grill and causing a grease fire!

I often get comments asking if these turkey burgers are dry.

The answer is NO WAY! I prefer to buy 85%/15% lean turkey mince to prevent my burgers from being too dry. I grill on medium to low heat for about 5 minutes each side.

If you don’t like the taste of turkey, you can totally sub it out for ground chicken and it will be just as tasty!

The most important part of any burger recipe is the seasoning. This healthy summer grilling recipe is packed with fragrant spices, fresh herbs and flavorful veggies. Every bite will be memorable – trustttt me.

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Jalapeño Turkey Burgers

Full of fragrant spices and fresh herbs, this easy summer dinner recipe will be your new grilling go to.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Resting Time 5 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 4


  • 1 packet 85/15 ground turkey
  • 1/2 diced red onion
  • 3-4 minced cloves garlic
  • 1 small bunch cilantro
  • 1 squeeze lime juice
  • 2-3 diced jalapeños
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder


  • Dice the jalapeños, galic, red onion and cilantro.
  • Add the diced veggies to a big bowl with the ground turkey.
  • Add in all spices.
  • Form the meat mixture into 4 equal size balls.
  • Press them lightly into patties and place in freezer for 15 minutes while the grill heats up.
  • Once the grill is hot, spray with non-stick spray and place the patties on.
  • Cook on medium heat for 5 minutes.
  • Flip and cook for another 5 minutes or until the internal temp reaches 165°F.
  • Let the turkey burgers rest for 5 minutes before enjoying!


Feel free to add cheese or bacon! I love these turkey burgers just plain and simple, but pepper jack cheese would be so tasty, too.
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I love to add a side of crispy oven fries, some roasted veggies and a spicy honey mustard to complete the meal. If you’re making these for meal prep, I keep them in the fridge for 2-3 days and reheat in the airfryer.

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these easy healthy dinner recipes will give you new ideas for what to cook for dinner this summer

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Jalapeno Turkey Burgers

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