Monday, August 13, 2012

Green Chile Turkey Burgers

Can you believe the Olympics are over? The last two weeks of my life have been consumed in the lives and successes of the athletes. As some of you may know, I had the chance to live part of the “Olympic Dream” in the spring of 2010 while interning for USA Triathlon. I lived at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO, and I cannot even begin to tell you what kind of experience I had. I ate with the Olympians,  I trained at their facilities, and I stared at the mountains everyday. It was a dream come true, and a place that will forever hold a special place in my heart.

Because of this experience, I found myself crying a lot during the Olympics. Not out of sadness, but out of pure passion. Yes, you can call me crazy, but the Olympic Movement is the most powerful thing. It brings  people together from all around the world who don’t share the same language, culture, or beliefs, yet they can communicate through sport. That right there is inspirational. Although the Olympics are over, I encourage you to watch some of the Paralympics, starting August 29th and truly see what the human body is capable of.

You too can make your body do extraordinary things by fueling it properly. In order to keep you fueling strong this week, I have created a new turkey burger inspired by one of the ingredients I grew to love in Colorado – green chiles. For those of you who are wary of turkey burgers, don’t be afraid, these are extremely flavorful and not dry at all! Also, don’t be afraid of the heat of the green chiles. I have a very sensitive palate when it comes to spicy foods, and I can assure you that these are mild. You can of course make them spicy by purchasing “hot green chiles" or adding 1 jalapeno.

This turkey burger is a great source of fuel because it provides the perfect amount of protein to build and repair muscle. Give it a try, and let me know what you think.

Green Chile Turkey Burger
Makes 4-6 Burgers
1 lb. ground turkey
2 cans (4 oz) mild green chiles (one for in the burger and another for topping)
1 Garlic Clove
2 T Chopped Cilantro
1 tsp Cumin
1 T Chili Powder
¼ tsp Garlic Powder
¼ tsp Black Pepper
¼ tsp Salt
1 Package of thin sandwich buns

Get Cooking
1. Chop 1 can of green chiles and 1 garlic clove in food processor. (Be careful not to puree this mix) If you do not have a food processor, you can mince the garlic on your own and keep the chiles as they are because they are chopped rather thin already.
2.  In a large bowl mix the turkey, chile mix, cilantro, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. 
3. Divide your meat into equal portions. I prefer to make 6 smaller burgers out of the mixture, but if you prefer larger ones you can make four. 
4. Grill the burgers about 5-7 minutes on each side, depending on how hot your grill or grill pan is.
5. Top your completed burgers with 1 T of green chilies and extra cilantro if you desire, and start fueling strong.


  1. Kels-- made these last night and they were AMAZING! The only trouble I had was that the first side that cooked stuck to grates on the grill--any tips for next time?

  2. I'm glad you liked them! You may have flipped them too soon. Your goal should be to only flip it once, so give it a little longer on the first side.