Spicy Turkey Burger & Mexican Slaw

Bonnie PfiesterMemorial Day weekend here was amazing. The weather was perfect for the beach – and I made sure I got in a little sand and sun every single day. I call it beach therapy! As I drove home from a relaxing day at the beach yesterday, driving with the top down, the whole town smelled like one big cook out. By the smell of it, Memorial Day proved to be a big grill day – and I wasn’t going to be left out. Burgers were on my mind.

So, I decided to do some grilling of my own. What I WANTED was hamburgers, homemade french fries, cole slaw, sweat baked beans and all that fun cookout fare. BUT, what I DECIDED TO COOK was much healthier. I was in the mood for a burger with a kick, and a side of something fun and low-cal. I searched the web and found this mexican slaw at TLC’s How Stuff Works, and decided it would be fun to try something new.

I wish I had measured everything for you (but I never measure anything when I’m in creation mode! So the measurements below are just a guestimation, and probably on the light side.) But, hopefully, this will give you some ideas for your own spicy healthy burger. 🙂

Spicy Turkey BurgerSpicy Turkey Burger

Ground Turkey (I’m not sure how many pounds I bought, but it was a LOT)
1 Chopped Onion
1 T Fajita or Taco Seasoning
2 T Red Pepper Flakes
1 T McCormick’s Chipolte Seasoning
1 T Minced Garlic
Lots of Cilantro
Hot Sauce to taste (I used 1/4 cup or so)
Salt & Pepper to taste


Spicy Turkey BurgerFoldOut Flatbread (cut in 1/2) or Sandwich Thins
Fresh Sliced Jalapeno
Light Mayo
Low-Cal Cheese

Mexican SlawMexican Slaw

Click HERE to get the full cooking instructions. PS: It is supposed to have crispy tortilla strips in it, but I wanted to save calories so I skipped it.

1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1 Bag of shredded Slaw mix green cabbage
(with cabbage, carrots, red and green cabbage)
1/2 cup corn kernels
1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup fat-free mayonnaise (I use Kraft Mayo Light)
1 tablespoon lime juice
2 teaspoons cider vinegar
1 teaspoon honey (I used Stevia)
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

YUMMY IN MY TUMMY! – and more than HALF the calories of a regular cookout! I plan to use the leftover slaw as a topping for fish tacos, sandwiches and salads.

Spicy Turkey Burger & Mexican Slaw Spicy Turkey Burger


About Bonnie Pfiester

Fitness Columnist and Lifestyle Coach, Resident Trainer for Designer Whey, Fitness Advisor for FitStudio, powered by Sears, FitFluential Ambassador and Owner of Max Fitness Club, home of BCx Boot Camp in Vero Beach, Florida.

Posted on May 28, 2013, in PFOODIE, Recipes & Brands and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I was hoping you can answer a question for me! When it comes to mayo or dressing I’ve been told to never use lite versions, but I’ve seen your posts using lite mayo and your the most amazing fit and healthy woman out there, so what’s the deal behind people blasting lite?

  2. I make turkey burgers all the time, but, I don’t add all those great spices like you did. Definitely will add some next time. Thanks for the tips!

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