By JJ Virgin

Cilantro Turkey Burgers with Chipotle Ketchup


August 30, 2016

This flavorful, gluten-free burger is made with lean ground turkey and naturally detoxifying cilantro, chili, and garlic. Top it with the smoky heat of homemade ketchup, and you've got a juicy, savory burger just right for a fiesta!

Virgin Diet compliant: Cycles 1, 2, and 3
Sugar Impact Diet compliant: Cycles 1, 2, and 3

  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yields: 4 servings


2/3 cup Homemade Ketchup (recipe below)

1/2 tsp ground chipotle pepper

1/2 tsp smoked paprika

1/2 tsp onion powder

2 tsp apple cider vinegar

1 lb natural, lean ground turkey

3 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro

1/4 cup gluten-free organic rolled oats (not quick cook)

1/2 tsp chili powder

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

4 brown rice tortillas

1 cup fresh baby spinach leaves

8 tomato

1 avocado, sliced


1Combine the ketchup, chipotle pepper, paprika, onion powder, and vinegar in a small bowl and set aside.

2Combine the turkey, cilantro, oats, chili powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a medium mixing bowl, taking care not to over-mix. (Working with meat too much will make it tough.)

3Form into four 1/2"-thick patties.

4Heat a grill pan over medium heat. Add the patties and cook for 5-6 minutes per side until an instant-read meat thermometer registers 175F in the thickest part.

5Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Working with one at a time, heat the tortillas on both sides, about 45 seconds per tortilla.

6Lay the tortillas on a work surface and top each one with 1/4 of the spinach, avocado, and tomato slices. Follow by a patty and 2 tablespoons of chipotle ketchup.

7Fold the wraps around the burgers and serve immediately.

This recipe is part of the Mexican Fiesta menu, with Roasted Jalapeño Guacamole with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds, Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup, Cilantro Turkey Burgers with Chipotle Ketchup, and JJ's Tequila Treat. Check out the Mexican Fiesta Menu and Guide for links to all the recipes, plus more handy tips and activities for a wonderful party full of south-of-the-border style!

Originally published in The Virgin Diet Cookbook, Grand Central Life & Style, 2014

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Nutrition Facts

Calories469 calories
Sodium784 milligrams
Protein30 grams
Sugar0 grams
Total Fat21 grams
Saturated Fat4 grams
Total Carbohydrates41 grams
Dietary Fiber8 grams