Juicy jerk turkey burgers have shredded zucchini tucked inside. They’re topped off with fresh pineapple salsa for a tropical flavor explosion!
If you ever ate out at a restaurant with me, you’d probably figure out pretty quickly that burgers are my favorite guilty pleasure food. Over the past few months, I’ve even been working on a new instagram account that rates the best burgers from around town. (I’ll let you know when it launches, but it definitely won’t be healthy.)
When I was invited to participate in Burger Month, I obviously couldn’t say no. What better way to celebrate my love of one of summer’s favorite foods than to share a new burger recipe just in time for your Memorial Day cookout?
Deciding to participate was easy, but figuring out what to make what much more difficult. Burger Month is all about celebrating epic, over the top burgers, but I also wanted to keep my contribution in line with my healthy, fresh point of view.
After a ton of brainstorming, I finally settled on this jerk turkey burger with pineapple salsa. They’re chock full of flavor without being heavy or greasy, and they won’t make you feel like you’re in a food coma.
How to make Jerk Turkey Burgers with Pineapple Salsa
These jerk turkey burgers use my favorite trick to lightening up burgers – mixing shredded zucchini into the meat. Zucchini has a neutral flavor that’s barely noticeable, but it adds bulk and moisture to your patty to you can use leaner meat – and less of it! I’ve also used this technique in my turkey burgers with dill havarti and my beef and zucchini burgers.
Along with the zucchini, I mixed in jerk seasoning and a generous pinch of salt to give the burgers tons of flavor. Form the meat into patties and grill until just cooked through, then top them with cheese. Traditional cheddar works, but I like to spice things up even more with jalapeño cheddar or pepper jack.
I usually cook my burgers on the grill or in a grill pan, but there are so many ways you can go. Do you know how to cook burgers in the oven? It’s so easy and they come out great.
While the burgers cook, make the pineapple salsa. This is the most exciting part of this recipe, and it’s really easy. Just mix together finely diced pineapple with green onions, jalapeños, cilantro, and lime juice. When I first started making this salsa, I always used red onion, but lately I’ve switched to scallions, which have a much milder flavor and don’t have the same sharp onion bite. Since scallions are a major component of jerk sauce, they feel right at home on these burgers.
Top the burgers with the salsa, and serve them on toasted buns. Any leftover salsa you have is delicious scooped up with tortilla chips.
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1 small zucchini grated (about 1 cup)
- 2 ounces light jalapeño or pepper jack cheese shredded
- 1 teaspoon jerk seasoning
- 1 cup finely diced pineapple
- 2 scallions chopped
- ½ cup cilantro chopped
- 1 jalapeño seeded and minced
- 1 lime juiced
- 4 hamburger rolls toasted
- In a mixing bowl, combine the turkey and zucchini. Season with jerk seasoning and a generous pinch of salt. Mix gently to combine to ingredients without overworking the meat. Form into 4 patties.
- Grill the burgers over medium-high heat, turning at least once, for 10-12 minutes or until cooked through. Top with cheese. Cover and cook 30 seconds to 1 minute to melt.
- While the burgers cook, prepare the salsa. In a second bowl, combine the pineapple, scallions, cilantro, jalapeño, and lime juice. Mix well and season to taste with salt.
- Top the burgers with the salsa and serve on toasted rolls.
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