Serrano Lime Turkey Burgers


This Serrano Lime Turkey Burgers recipe came about during my Paleo days (I wrote The Frugal Paleo Cookbook back in 2014 and had a great blog called Popular Paleo, for anyone out there who might remember). Paleo is a grain-free diet, so most people wrap burgers in lettuce. Personally, that was too cumbersome for me to manage, so I preferred to eat a flavorful burger patty with a knife and fork instead.

These burgers worked great with a quick slaw of cabbage, bell peppers, and shredded carrots (dressed with a mayo-based sauce seasoned with lime, salt, and pepper) if you are also avoiding grains.

This is why you should try this recipe.

I think it would surprise you how much moisture chopped mushrooms impart into a turkey burger, which, if we’re being honest, is usually regarded as a fairly dry bite. If you’re partial to ground turkey for your burger, give this recipe a try and see if the mushrooms help to up the moisture content.

How’d it go? Share how this recipe turned out for you.

Did you add anything else that helped this turkey burger sing its serrano-pepper-and-lime song? How did you end up serving it? What sauce did you choose to pair it with? Be sure to weigh in with your ideas on how to serve it, top it, or modify it below!

Serrano Lime Turkey Burgers

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Turkey burger
Skill Level: Easy to Make
Recipe Type: Grill & Smoker
Specialty Diet: Gluten Free, Keto-Friendly, Paleo
Servings: 4 Adults
Calories: 151kcal


  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 scallions
  • 1 serrano pepper (can substitute with jalapeño instead)
  • 3 white or cremini mushrooms diced
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 egg
  • zest of half a lime
  • coconut oil, if needed for an indoor grill


  • Whether using an indoor or outdoor grill, preheat it to medium-high or 450°F
  • Mince the garlic, thinly slice the scallions, finely dice cleaned mushrooms, finely dice the serrano or jalapeno pepper after removing the stem and seeds. Zest half a lime using a microplane.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground turkey with the ingredients prepared in the last step. Add the egg and salt as well, then combine. I prefer to use my hands to combine ground meat with other ingredients, just as a tip. Shape
  • If using an indoor grill, grease it with some coconut oil.
  • Grill the burgers for 5 minutes on the first side, then flip and grill for another 3 or 4 minutes on that side. Remove and let rest for a couple minutes before serving.


Calories: 151kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 103mg | Sodium: 366mg | Potassium: 433mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 185IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg
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