The Conquistador Turkey Burger | Kita Roberts

The Conquistador Turkey Burger

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  • 1 1/2 lbs ground turkey or chicken
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 teas onion powder
  • 1/2 teas chipotle chili powder
  • 1 teas cumin
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • Brioche Slider Buns
  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 1/2 cup Barbecue sauce divided
  • Candied Bacon*
  • Red onion sliced
  • Red leaf lettuce
  • Sweet potato waffle fries cooked according to package
  • Wisconsin Cheese Cranberry Chipotle Cheddar sliced


  1. Preheat a grill to medium high heat, grease grate if needed.
  2. Mix the ground turkey with the salt, pepper, onion powder, chipotle chili powder, cumin, and garlic. Form into small patties slightly bigger than your bun size. Using your thumb, make a small indent in the center of each.
  3. Reduce heat to low on the side you will be cooking on and toss the patties on the grill. Grill each turkey patty until cooked through, about 4 to 5 minutes per side, or until internal temp reaches 165
  4. degrees F. Baste with 1/4 cup barbecue sauce when flipped (make sure to keep this separate from the remaining sauce you will be topping the burgers with)
  5. Remove burgers from grill. Brush the buns with a light coating of mayo. Stack red leaf lettuce on the bottom of the bun, top with a burger, sweet potato fries, red onion, a smear of the reserved barbecue sauce and the Cranberry Chipotle Cheddar Cheese. Top these stacks with the
  6. remaining half of the bun and jam a toothpick in there to secure.
  7. Candied Bacon:
  8. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil. Place a wire rack on top.
  9. In a bowl combine 1/3 cup brown sugar and 1/2 teas pepper.Sprinkle 8 to 10 slices of bacon sugar mix and press to coat. Arrange the bacon on the wire rack on the baking sheet and cook in the oven for 20 – 25 minutes, until crispy.
  10. Let cool for a minute or two before touching as the sugar will be very hot and start to crystallize.

Recipe Notes

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