Truth be told, I love a good hamburger with drippy cheese, oozing and dribbling down my chin. Turkey burgers don't ooze, and that's something I've learned to accept when I opt for healthy eating. However, this chipotle ketchup can drip and dribble with the best. The smoky chipotle flavor here is quite mild, as the recipe calls for the adobo sauce but not the actual chile peppers. If you like your sauces hot, add a bit of chopped chipotle chile (with or without seeds) right into the ketchup mixture. Greek yogurt keeps the burgers moist, so they can cook through without drying out. It's the same trick I use when I make turkey meatballs, and it works every time. You can make the ketchup ahead, even a couple of weeks ahead, and store it in the refrigerator.
Turkey burgers with chipotle ketchup
Serves 4; can be multiplied.
1 lb ground turkey (I use 93% fat-free)
;2 Tbsp plain nonfat Greek yogurt
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp fresh black pepper
Olive oil or cooking spray
1/4 cup ketchup
1-1/2 Tbsp adobo sauce from a can of chipotle chile peppers
1 Tbsp honey
Juice of 1/2 lime
Optional, for serving: 4 buns or rolls, crispy lettuce leaves
In a large mixing bowl, combine turkey, yogurt, cumin, salt and pepper. With your very clean hands, mix everything together until the ingredients are well incorporated. Divide into 4 patties, and set on a plate.
Refrigerate the burgers while you preheat a grill, panini press, stove-top griddle or broiler. If you're cooking your burgers under the broiler, line a rimmed pan with aluminum foil.
While the grill is preheating, stir together in a small bowl the ketchup, adobo sauce, honey and lime juice.
When the grill (broiler, etc.) is hot, brush lightly with olive oil (or spray a panini press with cooking spray), and cook the burgers for 7-8 minutes, turning once, until they are cooked through.
Serve hot, on a bun with lettuce and a big dollop of chipotle ketchup.
Other recipes that use these pantry ingredients:
Chipotle turkey, black bean and corn soup, from Soup Chick
Chipotle chicken chili, from No Recipes
Turkey lettuce wrap tacos with chiles, cumin, cilantro, lime and tomato-avocado salsa, from Kalyn's Kitchen
Chipotle turkey pozole, from Simply Recipes
Chipotle turkey chili with butternut squash and Swiss chard, from We are not Martha
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