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Taco Turkey Burger Recipe

This taco turkey burger recipe combines your summertime favorite (the burger!) with your every day favorite – the taco!

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Please excuse the major guacamole avalanche in the photo above but is is so completely necessary. The guacamole held strong through the first couple snaps of my camera but quickly met its demise. And then again when I ate it.

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We’re big fans of turkey burgers (please don’t judge the photos in that post) here in the Gurk household. It’s a quick and easy meal, healthy and satisfying. I’ve done pizza turkey burgers so it was clearly time for a TACO turkey burger recipe with my beloved taco seasoning. These burgers come together so quickly and would be great for a crowd with a toppings bar. Customizable with whatever you like on your traditional tacos. You can top these with guacamole (or even sliced avocado), diced tomato, salsa, sour cream, lettuce, fresh cilantro, whatever your heart desires. You could even swap out the whole wheat bun for a large tortilla. The possibilities are endless. The burger itself is pretty simple (but not in a boring, bland way!). I used crushed tortilla chips to bind things together instead of bread crumbs. The taco seasoning gives plenty of flavor but is complimented by some grated onion. The grated onion also adds great moisture to these burgers.

Taco Turkey Burger Recipe on RachelCooks.com

Our grill isn’t too reliable so I cooked these under the broiler and topped with some sharp cheddar cheese. You could also cook these on a stovetop grill or even in a regular skillet. Remember they are turkey so you’ll want to cook them all the way through — no medium-rare allowed with these babies.

Taco Turkey Burger Recipe

Yield: 4 burgers

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

This taco turkey burger recipe combines your summertime favorite (the burger!) with your every day favorite - the taco!


  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning (I used homemade)
  • 1 cup finely crushed tortilla chips
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/2 of a small yellow onion
  • 4 slices white cheddar cheese
  • Topping suggestions: sour cream, salsa, guacamole, lettuce, tomato


  1. To a large bowl, add ground turkey, taco seasoning, crushed tortilla chips, and beaten egg. Grate the onion over the bowl to catch all the juice. Mix everything together using your hands until it is combined. Do not overmix.
  2. Form into four equal patties, pressing down the middle of each so they are slightly thinner in the middle. Place on a sheet pan lined with foil and broil on high (about 4-5 inches from the heat) for about 6 minutes (or until golden brown), flip over, cook for another 2-3 minutes, add cheese slices, and cook for one more minute or until cheese is melted and burgers are cooked through to 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Add to buns, top as desired and serve immediately.

Taco Turkey Burger Recipe on RachelCooks.com

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23 Responses to “Taco Turkey Burger Recipe”

  1. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — June 20, 2014 at 6:18 am

    My taste buds are judging these photos…that they want to jump in them and bite that burger!
    Girl, this is EPIC. I love turkey burgers…and tacos..so, this. Pinned!

    • Rachel Gurk — June 20th, 2014 @ 2:41 pm

      Thanks Taylor!

  2. Lauren at Keep It Sweet — June 20, 2014 at 7:37 am

    Crushed tortilla chips in the burger is genius! And you are way too hard on yourself, these photos are fantastic and the burger looks amazing!

    • Rachel Gurk — June 20th, 2014 @ 2:42 pm

      Thanks girl! I just died when that guacamole slipped down, lol!

  3. Katie — June 20, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Stunning photo and the recipe… Looks amazing!

    • Rachel Gurk — June 20th, 2014 @ 2:42 pm

      Thanks Katie!

  4. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice — June 20, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Wow! I am in love with this burger! Such a brilliant idea to make it taco flavored with tortilla chips!

  5. bev @ bevcooks — June 20, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    girl you KNOW I’m in.

  6. Carol at Wild Goose Tea — June 20, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    I think every ‘foodie’ who sees that photo with the dripping guacamole is going to be shouting YES! What a quick and cool way to zip up the flavor in the burger. That was pretty clever.

  7. Shanna @ Pineapple and Coconut — June 20, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    I am pretty dang certain that guacamole, and a lot of it, is a turkey burger requirement. I craved turkey burgers like mad when I was pregnant with my second kiddo and I always smeared on the guac and salsa. I love the idea of using crushed chips as a binder. Totally making these soon since turkey burgers are a house staple. Awesome recipe

  8. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — June 20, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    Don’t be apologizing for guac messes, it looks totally salivatingly good!

  9. Kari@Loaves n Dishes — June 21, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Love the seaoning and the tortilla chips in the burger, even beef burger lovers will dig this yummy burger!

  10. denise — June 21, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    sounds good

  11. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — June 22, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Oh wow those look incredibly juicy and amazing. I fully appreciate the avalanche of guacamole too.

  12. kristy @ the wicked noodle — June 22, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Guac avalanche totally forgiven – it looks too awesome not to!! Great photos for sure. And I’m craving this burger now, omg, looks amazing!!

  13. Becky — June 22, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    What a great idea for a burger! Looks amazing!

  14. Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen — June 22, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Such a fabulous idea to combine two great meals – the burger and the taco – into one! These look fantastic, and all of that guacamole is totally necessary!

  15. Laura @ Raise Your Garden — June 22, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Hi Rachel! I’m so glad I found your blog……and I love love love cutting celery too. It’s funny because I don’t consider myself a cook but love that aspect. Anyhow, you just combined my kiddos two favorite foods into one, taco’s and burgers. The best of both worlds. And the prep time is 10 minutes…let’s do this =) Yay.

  16. Nandini Voice for the Deprived — July 1, 2014 at 3:22 am

    Nice post, fully informative thanks for sharing


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