Cheesy Habanero-stuffed Turkey Burgers

Spicy and cheesy, these are among the most flavorful turkey burgers you can make.

Cheesy Habanero Stuffed Turkey Burgers
 Lisa Lotts

This recipe uses a grilled poblano pepper—common in Mexican fare—and habanero cheese to jack up the heat. Once mature, poblanos turn a dark-brown color that can be dried, and referred to as ancho. If smoked and dried, they’re known as chipotle.

Nutrition (per burger, without a bun)

Calories: 300; total fat: 14g; saturated fat: 4g; protein: 30g; cholesterol: 113mg

Recipe and photo by Elizabeth Shaw, M.S., R.D. of Simple Swaps.

Prep time

5 min.

Cook time

10 min.

  • 16 oz lean ground turkey (80% + lean)
  • 2 oz habanero cheese, part skim
  • 4 100% whole-wheat burger buns
  • 4 lettuce leaves
  • 4 oz grilled pineapple
  • 1 grilled poblano pepper

Fire up your grill, and get your burgers assembled.

Separate ground turkey into 4 even rounds.

Divide each round into 2. Using ½ ounce shredded cheese, place the cheese in-between each 2oz of ground turkey. Close patty halves onto one another, pushing the outside together to create an enclosed burger.

Heat on your BBQ grill until done (165°).

Cool completely, and store for your mid-week burger craving or serve immediately topped with your grilled condiments.