Turkey Burgers with Cilantro Pesto



1 Clove garlic

1 c cilantro leaves, washed, dried & well packed

1/4 c English walnuts, chopped

1/4 c Parmesan cheese, grated

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 c olive oil


1/2 onion, chopped

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced

1/4 c prepared chunky salsa

1 Clove garlic, minced

1/2 tsp dried oregano

1/2 tsp salt

4 hamburger buns, split and toasted


Cilantro Pesto

Finely chop garlic in the food processor, fitted with the metal blade. Add cilantro and process thoroughly.

Add walnuts, Parmesan and 1/4 teaspoon salt; continue to process only until smooth. Scrape sides of bowl.

With motor running, slowly pour in oil and process well.

Cover and refrigerate for several hours.

Turkey Burgers

Preheat grill, using the direct heat grilling method.

In a medium bowl, combine turkey, onion, pepper, salsa, garlic, oregano and salt.

Evenly divide mixture and shape into four burgers.

Grill burgers over medium heat, 4 inches from the heat, for 5 to 6 minutes per side until turkey is cooked through to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.


To Serve

Place cooked burgers in heated buns and top each turkey burger with 2 tablespoons Cilantro Pesto.

Nutrition Facts

530 Total Calories

33 g Total Fat

7 g Saturated Fat

85 g Cholesterol

940 mg Sodium

540 mg Potassium

27 g Total Carbohydrates

3 g Dietary Fiber

5 g Sugars

31 g Protein

20 % Daily Protein

10 % Daily Vitamin C

20 % Daily Calcium

25 % Daily Iron