- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
- Pinch each of salt and black pepper
- 4 slices Monterey Jack cheese
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 4 slices pepper jack cheese
In a bowl, mix the ground turkey with the chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, cilantro, salt and pepper. Divide the mixture into 8 patties. Crumble one slice of Monterey Jack into small pieces, then pile the cheese in the center of one patty. Place another burger patty on top and press gently but firmly around the edges to seal the cheese within the two patties, encasing the cheese completely. Repeat the process three more times until 4 cheese-stuffed burgers are ready to cook.
Heat the oil in an iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the burgers and cook 4 to 5 minutes on each side, flipping gently to keep the burgers intact and the cheese inside. After flipping, place a slice of pepper jack cheese on each burger for the last minute of cooking.
Serve on whole wheat buns with your favorite condiments. Sweet pickles and a dab of mayonnaise are a nice contrast to the spicy cheese inside these hearty burgers.
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