The quarterpounder revisited

Contributed by Preston Maring, MD

The quarterpounder revisited

With peppers, cilantro, and red onions in profusion at the farmers markets, it seemed like the right time of year to create an "alternative" burger. I just learned that term from a show on the Food Network. I hadn't ever watched a whole show on this station before but know that millions get their ideas here. Fortunately, I was only competing with myself so I didn't worry about the burger falling apart or having it done at an exact moment in time. On the other hand, I also didn't have a chance to win $50K. Either way, the result was wonderful and perfect for barbecues.

Servings: 8


  • 2 pounds ground turkey breast
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • 1/2 cup diced red pepper
  • 3/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 3 chipotle chilies in adobo sauce, minced (this provides the heat)
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin (it's even better if you toast the cumin seed in a skillet, then grind it)
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


  1. Mix everything. I use a half cup measuring cup full of the mixture per burger and it works to 8 burgers of more or less equal size.  
  2. Grill and enjoy with your favorite condiments and whole grain buns. At least try to incorporate a slice of fresh tomato.

Nutrition information (per serving)

  • Calories: 135
  • Total fat: 1 g
  • Saturated fat: 0 g
  • Trans fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 69 mg
  • Total carbohydrate: 2 g
  • Dietary fiber: 1 g
  • Sodium: 106 mg
  • Protein: 28 g