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
  • Fat: 1 g
  • Saturated fat: 0 g
  • Trans fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 69 mg
  • Carbohydrate: 2 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Sodium: 106 mg
  • Protein: 28 g


Preston Maring, MD