Hatch Chile Turkey Burger

By Nancy Buchanan



by Nancy Buchanan on August 28, 2013

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So, did you make it to a Hatch Chile roasting this past weekend???? Well, if you didn’t, no worries… you still have a couple of weekends left to stock up – Melissa’s Produce has a handy list on their website that you should check out to find the nearest roasting in your area!!!   And if you need a reason to go well…. How about this Hatch Chile Turkey Burger with Lime Aoili – a perfect burger for Labor Day!

Yes, I know, the “obsession” continues – I honestly can’t get enough of these chiles – and trust me, they beat anything out of a can hands down! And if you head to a roast, well, half the work is done for you. The pay off is huge – you can store enough of these Hatch Chiles in the freezer to last until next season – to pull out for these Hatch Chile Turkey Burgers , or maybe some Chile con Queso or a Hatch Chile Margarita– the possibilities are indeed endles


Hatch Chile Turkey Burger BC2 Hatch Chile Turkey Burger

So let’s talk about these Hatch Chile Turkey Burgers. These  are not those dried out, tough “I could probably use these for the soles of my shoes” kind of burgers.  Nope, these are moist and juicy! The secret?? A little olive oil and sautéed onions and  of course, a good dose of Hatch chiles! Paired with a little lime aioli these burgers are a hit with even the most  “die hard” beef burger fans!!!

If you are like me and can’t get enough of these Hatch chiles, well, these burgers would be terrific paired with some Hatch Chile Pesto Potatoes and a Hatch Chile Margarita to wash it all down!

Hatch Chile Turkey Burger

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

30 minutes

Yield: 4 hamburgers


  • 1 lb. ground turkey (7% fat)
  • 2 Tbsp. corn oil
  • 1 cup minced onion
  • 3/4 cup chopped roasted hatch chiles
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp. Mexican Oregano
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • red leaf or green leaf lettuce
  • Lime Aoili
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • zest of 1 lime
  • juice of 1/2 of a lime
  • 1 clove garlic, minced to a paste


  1. In a small skillet, heat the corn oil over medium heat. Add the onions and sweat, being careful not to brown them. Cook until onions are translucent and tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool. While the onions are cooling make the aoili. In a small bowl combine all the ingredients and stir. Set aside. In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey, hatch chiles, cumin, oregano, garlic and salt. Add the onions and the oil (scraping the skillet to get all the oil and onions). Mix until thoroughly combined. Divide the mixture into 4 equal portions and pat out into 4 patties. Scrape and oil your grill and pre heat to medium high and add the burgers. Cook until burger easily releases from grill, about 3 - 4 minutes. Flip and cook on the other side and cook until the patties reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
  2. Remove turkey burgers from the grill and add the buns to toast lightly if desired. Top burgers with lettuce and lime aoili.
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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Madonna/aka/Ms. Lemon August 28, 2013 at 1:35 pm

You hit this one out of the park. I always think turkey needs a little something something. This looks absolutely wonderful.


Nancy September 2, 2013 at 10:33 am

Awww… thanks Madonna!!! You are right, turkey definitely needs a little help! My husband frequently orders turkey burgers and so he’s become somewhat of an expert and he said these were the best he’s ever tasted.


Geez Louise! August 28, 2013 at 1:53 pm

I so want to eat this right NOW!


Barbara | Creative Culinary August 29, 2013 at 7:30 am

Love me some Hatch green chiles! I usually find a stand and do get a couple of pounds and do exactly as you say; they are so good in everything. I did some corn on the cob with an amazing cilantro, honey and chili butter today…we need to get together again…we’ve got the perfect fixins’ for a picnic!


Nancy September 2, 2013 at 10:32 am

We definitely do Barb! Have bookmarked that butter for future reference … and am thinking it would be good on lots of things!!!!


Lana @ Never Enough Thyme August 29, 2013 at 5:59 pm

Oh, my word! This looks delicious! Would you believe I *still* haven’t tried Hatch chiles? Of course, the nearest chile roasting would require a 2-hour flight so I may never get to taste this delicacy!


Nancy September 2, 2013 at 10:31 am

That is just… wrong!!!! It’s discrimination I tell ya… no one should be denied Hatch chiles!!!


Priscilla | ShesCookin August 30, 2013 at 8:19 pm

We’re surfing the same wave, Nancy :) Turkey burgers are often bland and dry, but not with your additions! Enjoy the long weekend!


Nancy September 2, 2013 at 10:30 am

Definitely!! I loved your version and will definitely be giving that one a try too!!!


Lynne @ CookandBeMerry September 1, 2013 at 10:09 pm

Wow, the caramelization on that burger is making my mouth water. Yum.


Nancy September 2, 2013 at 10:29 am

Awww… thanks Lynne… these were really, really good!


Preston Mitchell January 31, 2014 at 8:40 am

And for any of your readers who can’t find chile locally, you can always order straight from our farm at http://www.hatch-green-chile.com and skip the middle men :)


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