Oh look… it’s Monday recipe time.

Roasted Jalapeño Cheddar Turkey Burgers with BBQ Aioli I howsweeteats.com

And this is so that. You know, something slightly more exciting than the otherwise boring meal you were planning on making tonight? That is Monday. At least that is my story most Mondays. Which I guess… have a place in my life, considering I realized last night that I ate not one single vegetable all weekend.

Like not even one. It was that good. I mean bad.

Oh, unless you count tomato sauce as a vegetable on my pizza Friday night. I sorta do.

Not all of my weekends go like that but this one did and… oomph. I’m feeling the effects. Pretty sure I’ve been in a food coma for 72 hours. It’s tough carb loading for absolutely nothing.

Roasted Jalapeño Cheddar Turkey Burgers with BBQ Aioli I howsweeteats.com

So this burger is something I would totally make on a Monday. Despite the name, it’s a little lighter than a traditional beef burger. And since I used to absolutely loath all things ground turkey (thanks, first year of marriage to a bachelor husband), not even really coming around until these asian turkey burgers, it still kinda blows my mind when I make a turkey burger I love. I do have to say – I think the secret to enjoying turkey burgers is NOT using ground turkey breast… as in the 99% lean stuff. I can handle that in pasta, and maybe even some sort of scramble, but in general I find it to be incredibly dry. No amount of added fat saves that for me in burger form. Just… no. Therefore, I use a 94-95% lean variety that I find in my local grocery store and it’s a win every time. It has saved my soul from meal boredom.

Or… something dramatic like that.

Roasted Jalapeño Cheddar Turkey Burgers with BBQ Aioli I howsweeteats.com

While jalapeño cheddar isn’t that unique of a flavor combo (I made jalapeño cheddar chicken meatball subs earlier this year and… oh my GAH), the smoky BBQ aioli takes this sandwich over the top for me. I definitely didn’t come up with the concept on my own – in fact I had this jar in my hand while on vacation a few weeks ago until I was like, uhhh… I’m so obsessed with aiolis so I’m just going to attempt making this myself. Ambition.


I took the easy way out and just made my “aioli” with some organic mayo, my favorite BBQ sauce, mustard, some spices and garlic (stop yelling at me)… but why the heck haven’t I been doing this all my life? The cool thing is that depending on the BBQ sauce, each version of this will come out a little differently and I love that. More meal boredom solutions. Real life stuff.

Anyhoo. I want to eat about four of these and profess my love for them. They are all THAT.

Roasted Jalapeño Cheddar Turkey Burgers with BBQ Aioli I howsweeteats.com


Roasted Jalapeño Cheddar Turkey Burgers with BBQ Aioli

Yield: serves 4

Total Time: 45 minutes


2 jalapeño peppers
1 pound lean ground turkey (I use 94% lean)
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 green onions, sliced
2 ounces cheddar cheese, freshly grated
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 ounces cheddar cheese, sliced
1 ripe tomato, sliced
4 lettuce leaves
4 whole wheat buns

BBQ aioli
1/4 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons BBQ sauce
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/8 teaspoon ground cumin


Preheat the broiler in your oven. Place peppers on a baking sheet and set them directly under the broiler, turning them every minute or so until the skin is completely black and charred. Remove the peppers and immediately place them in a large ziplock bag. Let sit for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, take the peppers out and rub the skins off. Slice off the tops and bottoms, then cut the peppers down the middle. remove the seeds, and chop the peppers. WASH YOUR HANDS!!

Add the turkey, peppers, garlic, green onions, cheddar, egg, panko, salt, pepper and paprika to a large bowl. Gently mixed until just combined and form into 4 equal sized patties. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add olive oil. Add the patties and cook until brown on both sides, about 5 minutes per side. Reduce the heat to low, top each burger with the cheddar and cover. Let sit for 1 minute until the cheese melted.

Assemble the burgers with the buns, the aioli, tomato slices and lettuce. Serve!

BBQ aioli
Combine mayo, BBQ sauce, garlic, paprika and cumin in a food processor and blend until mixed. With the processor on, steam in the olive oil until the mixture comes together. You can store this in the fridge for about a week.

Roasted Jalapeño Cheddar Turkey Burgers with BBQ Aioli I howsweeteats.com

… I should probably just eat a salad on the side.

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74 Responses to “Roasted Jalapeño Cheddar Turkey Burgers with BBQ Aioli.”

  1. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 19, 2013 @ 6:53 am

    You make the best sauces, dips, spreads, and condiments. I am a huge fan of anything dips and spreads and that bbq aioli sounds so good!


  2. #
    Aggie — August 19, 2013 @ 7:00 am

    What a perfect turkey burger!! I’m a sucker for jalapeño cheddar anything. This looks amazing girl!


  3. #
    Sarah — August 19, 2013 @ 7:04 am

    This turkey burger looks so up my alley… Because I live on Cheddar-Jalapeño Alley. DROOL.


  4. #
    bridget {bake at 350} — August 19, 2013 @ 7:05 am

    Yes, please!

    PS: tomato sauce TOTALLY counts as a vegetable! Totally!


  5. #
    Madison — August 19, 2013 @ 7:05 am

    These scream cook-out and weekend meal to me…but we could totally have it on a Monday evening! It’ll make the Monday that much awesome-r. These burgers look absolutely mouth watering. YUM!


  6. #
    Tracy | Peanut Butter And Onion — August 19, 2013 @ 7:13 am

    I cooked some burgers up on the weekend. I keep forgetting how yummy turkey burgers are… thanks for the reminder and recipe !


  7. #
    Tieghan — August 19, 2013 @ 7:32 am

    Umm…Yes! I agree with all the turkey ramblings and I mean the BBQ Aioli is pretty freaking awesome! Love these!


  8. #
    Lauren @ The Highlands Life — August 19, 2013 @ 7:36 am

    The burger with the coke next to it puts this over the edge. The best.


  9. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — August 19, 2013 @ 7:44 am

    I love turkey burgers, but my Husband doesn’t, I am betting with your recipe he may eat it! I love this!! Great start to the week!


  10. #
    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — August 19, 2013 @ 7:55 am

    Monday just got marvelous. Good tip on the turkey variety too! I’m feeling a double-up on the cheddar-jalapeno in my future…


  11. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — August 19, 2013 @ 7:57 am

    Mmmm BBQ aioli – now THAT is something I could get on board with!!! There haven’t been enough burgers in my life this summer, and that needs to be fixed asap!


  12. #
    Belinda @themoonblushbaker — August 19, 2013 @ 7:58 am

    tender turkey burgers equal a double serving for me! I love turkey as I can not handle red meat too well. These are spicy sliders and the thing I need, after dealing with the Monday rush. I find that finishing burgers off in the oven helps with the tenderness and the marinade must have lime.


  13. #
    Christina Gathright — August 19, 2013 @ 9:15 am

    Looks amazing! Perfect way to start a Monday!


  14. #
    Emily aka The Three Bite Rule — August 19, 2013 @ 9:40 am

    this sounds amazing. I randomly decided to whip up some garlic aoli for a BLT the other night and it transformed my sandwich into dinner. It made me think why am I not making aoli more often?!


  15. #
    dervla — August 19, 2013 @ 9:45 am

    With coke in the bottle? YUM


  16. #
    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — August 19, 2013 @ 10:00 am

    I definitely need to try this burger! I have never had luck with turkey burgers either, and sort of gave up on them for a long time. But I’m going to look for the 94-95% percent…that sounds much more promising.


  17. #
    Sues — August 19, 2013 @ 10:01 am

    I just made turkey burgers yesterday…. But now I feel like I NEED these ASAP! Love the spice :)


  18. #
    Marie @ Little Kitchie — August 19, 2013 @ 10:18 am

    Mouth. Watering.


  19. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — August 19, 2013 @ 10:31 am

    Oh look that’s me dead on the floor.


  20. #
    Marcie @ Flavor the Moments — August 19, 2013 @ 10:34 am

    Your burgers always look so incredible! I love roasting my jalapenos for burgers, and your aioli sounds divine!


  21. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — August 19, 2013 @ 10:39 am

    Come to me you delightful little burger baby!!


  22. #
    DeLallo Foods — August 19, 2013 @ 11:25 am

    Will definitely have to try this! Looks absolutely delicious!


  23. #
    Zainab @ Blahnik Baker — August 19, 2013 @ 11:31 am



  24. #
    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — August 19, 2013 @ 11:45 am

    Wow I JUST posted a jalapeno chicken burger today and now I want this!


  25. #
    Kim in MD — August 19, 2013 @ 12:12 pm

    My husband and I are driving through Pittsburgh right now on our way to Ohio and if course I am thinking of you! I wanted to see what you were cooking up today, and now I am CRAVING this burger! Yum! I am so making this when I get home!


    • Jessica — August 19th, 2013 @ 2:49 pm

      ahhh Kim! you’re so close to me!


  26. #
    Emily @ Life on Food — August 19, 2013 @ 12:40 pm

    Here I am drooling over your messy goodness of a burger and my husband is just eying your glass coke bottles. Crazy man!


  27. #
    Julie — August 19, 2013 @ 12:59 pm

    RE: WASH YOUR HANDS! I made the mistake of chopping hot peppers a few nights ago, and just gave my hands a quick wash. It clearly wasn’t enough, because I started crying shortly after, over something silly, and went to wipe my face. Wiping away tears with chili pepper hands = face on fire = doesn’t help with the crying. So not just wash your hands, but wash your hands THOROUGHLY. Lesson learned. Ouch!


  28. #
    ATasteOfMadness — August 19, 2013 @ 1:06 pm

    The only reason I ate vegetables this weekend was because we went to a buffet, and I wanted to try everything there. So don’t worry, I think my weekend was a little bit worse than yours ;)
    These burgers look too good! I have got to try turkey burgers sometime!


  29. #
    Kelly Jo — August 19, 2013 @ 1:16 pm

    Thank you for having a burger obsession! And those two bottles of coke on the side look so refreshing.


  30. #
    Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes — August 19, 2013 @ 1:33 pm

    Yes to the YES to the yes, yes, yessssssssssssssssssss.

    I agree with Averie that your spreads and sauces are always on point. Perfect Monday meal.


  31. #
    Eileen — August 19, 2013 @ 1:50 pm

    Oh yes! I could eat one of these for lunch right now, and it’s barely 11 am. :) BBQ aioli sounds like such a great plan!


  32. #
    Larry — August 19, 2013 @ 1:56 pm

    Jesus Mary AND Joseph! These look a.ma.zing. Seriously. I am all about a burger that ends up on your face. ughghhhghghgh


  33. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — August 19, 2013 @ 2:18 pm

    BBQ aioli? Completely brilliant!


  34. #
    Martyna — August 19, 2013 @ 2:46 pm

    OH GOD! This looks so delicious! I need to try this! xx

    Martyna | NEON MIZZLE


  35. #
    Jenna — August 19, 2013 @ 3:23 pm

    Sigh….. This looks so tasty! Bbq alioli sounds wonderful


  36. #
    Nicole @ youngbrokeandhungry.com — August 19, 2013 @ 3:56 pm

    And I just found my dinner for tonight!


  37. #
    Lisa — August 19, 2013 @ 4:19 pm



  38. #
    Taylor @ FoodFaithFitness — August 19, 2013 @ 5:55 pm

    Oh my gosh. I don’t even have words for this. I love the turkey tip! why all my turkey burgers were so meh and dry. My husband thanks you for the saving him from another dry turkey burger :)


  39. #
    Heather of Kitchen Concoctions — August 19, 2013 @ 7:59 pm

    “It’s tough carb loading for absolutely nothing.” LMAO! Totally going to quote you the rest of my life! : )


  40. #
    Stephanie-Oh — August 19, 2013 @ 8:48 pm

    OMG! That burger looks so good, even if it is a turkey burger. I think I’m going to try it (I have an aversion to turkey burgers also). And BTW, tomato sauce on pizza definitely counts as a vegetable! .Jam is a fruit and relish is a vegetable for future reference!


  41. #
    Renee @ Awesome on $20 — August 20, 2013 @ 1:42 am

    These look pretty fantastic. I wish I could convince myself to eat one with the veggies on, but I just can’t do it. I’m a child.


  42. #
    Maria — August 20, 2013 @ 6:45 am

    Your Asian turkey burger is a huge favorite in our house. It’s actually on my menu for this week. Will have to try this one next.


  43. #
    Jamie @lifelovelemons — August 20, 2013 @ 7:43 am

    Laughed out loud at the wash your hands comment. This looks so good!!!


  44. #
    Rachel Cooks — August 20, 2013 @ 7:47 am

    That aioli! Yum!


  45. #
    La Torontoise — August 20, 2013 @ 8:03 am

    I love your pictures; and I made the aioli with home-made mayo:-)
    Have a great week!


  46. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — August 20, 2013 @ 11:04 am

    Looks so good! Love all your burger recipes


  47. #
    Zoe — August 20, 2013 @ 11:43 am

    Wow that’s the BIGGEST burger i’ve ever seen!!! I will try and re-create this for my boyfriend he will love it!



  48. #
    Arthur in the Garden! — August 20, 2013 @ 3:24 pm



  49. #
    Gina — August 21, 2013 @ 1:04 am

    It could be the fact that these are completely covered in melted cheese, but these are the best looking turkey burgers I’ve ever seen. Have to try this.


  50. #
    Joy — August 22, 2013 @ 12:00 am

    Oh my freakin’ goodness! After years of perusing food blogs, this is probably the third time ever of actually going to the effort of commenting about how the recipe turned out for me. These burgers were THIS good! Made it exactly as you instructed. My tastebuds are still trying to recover from the absolute explosion of flavor. Broiling the jalapeños was brilliant! Suckers packed a serious kick, and that bbq aioli—oh so perfect! Next time I’ll make some sweet potato fries as a side. Definitely going to be making these often and sharing with friends. Thanks so much! Lovely photos, too. Found from Pinterest. :)



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