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Honey Jalapeño Turkey Burgers with Avocado Crema

These Honey Jalapeño Turkey Burgers are juicy and flavorful, served on a toasted bun with fresh sweet corn salsa and a quick avocado lime crema. Easy to make, optionally dairy and gluten free and perfect for a family friendly end of summer dinner!

Honey Jalapeño Turkey Burgers with Avocado Crema

How to Make Honey Jalapeño Turkey Burgers

A turkey burger loaded with all sorts of fresh toppings is one of my favorite summer meals. I love these Honey Jalapeño burgers because they’re the perfect balance of savory and sweet with just a little kick from the jalapeño.

The patties are simple, just some lean ground turkey, chopped onion, garlic, jalapeño , a few spices, salt and of course, honey. Use a rubber spoon to mix everything together and form the mixture into about 3 or four patties. I like to oil my hands because ground turkey can be a bit sticky.

For perfect patties, use your hands to form a slight well in the center of each one. This prevents them from shrinking too much as they cook and ending up too thick in the middle.

My favorite way to cook burgers is in a nonstick pan with a bit of oil. A grill would work well too, but make sure you oil the grates beforehand. I do not recommend using a cast iron pan or anything without that nonstick coating. Turkey burgers don’t have a high content so they will most likely stick.

These burgers are quick, they take just about 5 minutes on each side. Depending on how many you made with the mixture, it may be longer or shorter. If you are unsure if they are done, cut one open and see if the inside is still pink.

Avocado Crema

What’s Avocado Crema?

This Avocado Crema is a delicious creamy sauce that goes perfectly with our turkey burgers. It’s made in the blender with a whole avocado, some sour cream or yogurt, cilantro and lime juice. I used an unsweetened coconut yogurt as a dairy free option and it turned out great!

Honey Jalapeño Turkey Burgers with Avocado Crema

What to Serve with Honey Jalapeño Turkey Burgers

Let’s start with the bun. My favorite way to toast a hamburger bun is in the pan where the turkey burgers cooked. Just slice them down the middle and add a bit more oil to the pan. They’ll fry in all those delicious pan drippings and take on some of the flavors from the burgers. Toasting also works too.

Also, corn salsa. Storebought is fine, but if you have access to fresh sweet corn, definitely make your own. The crunch and sweetness of the corn adds so much to these burgers. It’s really easy to make and goes well with lots of other dishes if you have any extra!

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Yield: 4 servings

Honey Jalapeño Turkey Burgers with Avocado Crema

honey jalapeno turkey burgers

These Honey Jalapeño Turkey burgers are juicy and flavorful with a creamy avocado crema and fresh corn salsa served on a toasted bun.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/2 small yellow onion, very finely chopped or grated
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and minced
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Oil for cooking
  • 3-4 toasted hamburger buns and corn salsa for serving

For the Avocado Cream

  • 1 large avocado, flesh removed
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1/2 cup sour cream or greek yogurt or dairy free alternative
  • 3 tbsp lime juice
  • Salt to taste


  1. In a large bowl, combine ground turkey, onion, jalapeño, honey, spices and salt. Using well oiled hands, form the mixture into 3 or 4 patties with a slight well in the center.
  2. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add a drizzle of oil and cook for 5 minutes on each side or until no longer pink in the center.
  3. Fot the avocado crema, add all ingredients to the container of a high speed blender or food processor. Blend until smooth, scraping down the sides as you go. Taste for salt and adjust as needed.
  4. To serve, spread a dallop of crema on each bun, top with a turkey burger, corn salsa and cilantro.


Fresh homemade corn salsa is best for this recipe. Storebought is ok too, but it's super easy to make at home if you have access to the ingredients. For a quick corn salsa, mix together 1 1/2 cups fresh corn kernals (no need to cook), 1/2 chopped red onion, 1 seeded and minced jalapeño, a small bunch of cilantro (chopped), and the juice from one lime. Add salt to taste.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 656Total Fat: 39gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 25gCholesterol: 139mgSodium: 1257mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 5gSugar: 12gProtein: 40g

All nutritional info is an estimation

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  1. Wow. I made this today, my family adored it. Thank you for this quick & nutritious receipe.

  2. Wonderful thank you, it was tasty.

  3. Can you make the crema ahead of time and store it in the fridge?

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