Happy Monday!  Today starts the beginning of a new series on my little blog:  Reader Recipes!  I like to cook/bake, and I will post recipes that I try that I really enjoyed or that I think will interest my readers, but food and what I eat is definitely not the focal point of Fitness & Feta.  I am starting Reader Recipes to get exposed to some new recipe new ideas myself, but to also expose you guys to different types of things that I might not try myself.  My first reader recipe is a great example of this, as I have zero tolerance for spicy foods.  Warm welcome to Jen and her Jalapeno Cheddar Turkey Burgers!  Thank you Jen, for sharing your recipe and being my first Reader Recipe guest post!

Reader Recipe of the Month:  Jen’s Jalapeno Turkey Burgers

Hi there, Fitness & Feta readers, it’s Jen over at nutcaseinpoint.

Before I get to this awesome recipe I tried last week, I wanted to throw out a few snippets of advice.

  1.  Sunglasses work as deterrents from onion eyes.
  2. Don’t pick your nose after dealing with chili powder.
  3. Make sure there is always alcohol in the fridge. It helps with sanity.

Ok, onto the recipe.

You know when you have to plan dinner and you’re all “oh man, what the hell am I gonna make?” and you ask your man SO what you should have and he/she goes “I dunno” and you’re sick of making chicken and cereal is not an option?

That’s every single weeknight in our household.

Anyways. TURKEY, people.  Ground turkey is the answer.  You can use it for anything!  Meatloaf, meatballs, burgers, chili…I can keep going.

And then you do a quick once-over in your fridge and cupboards to see what else you’ve got.  And then you go online and Google recipes that call for ingredients you already have.  And then maybe you tweak here and there.

Then you come up with this:

Jalapeno Cheddar Turkey Burgers

Here’s what you need:

  • 1.5 lbs ground turkey
  • ¼ cup jalapeño cheddar cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic (I used minced garlic)
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • ½ onion

This is what you do:

  • Dice up the onion, cheese and  garlic –  throw in a bowl.
  • Throw that stuff in a bowl; add the meat, the chili powder, and s&p.
  • Using your hands, get all the ingredients fully incorporated.
  • Form into 4 patties.
  • In a skillet (on high), add EVOO.
  • Throw the burgers on the skillet for about 6-8 minutes each side.

Optional: Throw the burger on a bun with guacamole.

Mandatory:  EAT.

And then, after said burgers are digested, you think to yourself “Whoa, I it’s dark in here (take off sunglasses) and my nose buuuuurns (stop picking it with your chili powder nails) where is the boooooze?! (in the fridge).

Have a wonderful week!

If anyone is interested in being featured on Reader Recipes, please email me at akaralekas@gmail.com.  I’m open to any recipes, you just need to be willing to write up a little post about it and photograph your food.  Would love to feature you, and you do not need to be a blogger to participate!