Stuffed Rio Grande Turkey Popper

Stuffed Rio Grande Turkey Popper

You’ve never seen anything like this before: it’s a giant burger stuffed with jalapeños, crisp bacon and melted cheese that serves six. Perfect for a party or as a creative weeknight dinner. 

Makes 6 servings 6
Prep time Under 15 minutes PTM
Total time Less than 1 hour PTM
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Nutritional Information

Calories 150 Fat 5g
Protein 21g Cholesterol 45mg
Carbohydrates 6g Sodium 530mg
Fiber 1g Saturated Fat 1g
Sugars 1g


1 (16-ounce) package JENNIE-O® Extra Lean Ground Turkey Breast

½ cup quick cooking oats

¼ cup egg substitute or 1 egg

1 teaspoon chili powder

½ teaspoon ground cumin

¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon dried onion

½ teaspoon garlic powder

⅛ teaspoon salt

1 (4-ounce) can sliced jalapeño peppers, drained

½ cup shredded Monterey jack cheese

4 slices JENNIE-O® Turkey Bacon, cooked and cut into ¼- pieces

2 teaspoons olive oil

sour cream and salsa, if desired


STEP 1: Mix ground turkey, oats, egg, chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, onion, garlic powder and salt in a bowl. Divide turkey mixture in half. Shape each half into an eight-inch round patty on two (11 x 11-inch) pieces of wax paper (or parchment paper).

STEP 2: Arrange half of the jalapeño peppers in a spoke pattern over one formed patty. Top with cheese and bacon, leaving a ½-inch border around the outside edges. Lay remaining sliced jalapeño peppers in spoke pattern over cheese. Carefully place remaining patty on top of pepper slices. Remove waxed paper. Press turkey layers together around edges to seal.

STEP 3: In large skillet over medium heat, add oil and large patty. Cover and cook 35 minutes, turning two or three times and until internal temperature reaches 165°F as measured by a meat thermometer. Always cook to well-done.

STEP 4: Cut burger into 6 pie-shaped wedges. Serve with sour cream and salsa if desired.

Always cook to an internal temperature of 165°F.

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