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Southwest Turkey Burgers on a cooling rack next to a salad with a dressing and sliced lime
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Air Fryer Southwestern Turkey Burgers

Easy and delicious turkey burger that you can make up ahead of time and freeze for later.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Chilling time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dinner, Healthy
Cuisine: American, Southwestern
Servings: 6 burgers
Calories: 130kcal
Author: Louise


  • Ninja Foodi Indoor Grill
  • Any Air Fryer


  • 1.25 pound ground turkey
  • 2 Tbsp onion finely diced
  • 2 Tbsp green pepper finely diced
  • 2 Tbsp red pepper finely diced
  • ¼ cup corn frozen or canned (drained)
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • ¼ tsp chipotle powder

Southwestern Mayo

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ Tbsp Cholula or favorite hot sauce
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder


  • Combine the ground turkey with the finely diced onion, green & red peppers, corn, egg, and seasonings in a medium size mixing bowl. Mix well to combine all ingredients.
  • Form 6 burger patties by placing ⅙ of the mixture between two sheets of parchment (see posts for details) and gently press into a burger shape.
  • Leave the burger patties on the parchment, but remove the top layer of parchment and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the Ninja Foodi Grill on the max grill setting with the basket in. If you are using a different air fryer or grill, preheat at the maximum temperature setting for a full 10 minutes.
  • Place the burgers in the hot basket (only 4 fit at a time with the Ninja Foodi grill I'm using) and Air Crisp (or Air Fry) at the hottest temperature (450°F/230°C in the NF Indoor Grill) for 5 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 350°F/175°C and air crisp another 5-7 minutes. Check the temp to make sure the internal temperature is 165°F/74°C. Remove the burgers and let them rest for a few minutes.
  • Serve over a salad or on a bun. Enjoy!

Southwestern Mayo

  • Mix all ingredients in a small bowl and serve.


Directions for several different appliances, plus stovetop in the written post. 
Nutritional information does not include the Southwestern mayo. 
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Serving: 1burger | Calories: 130kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 259mg | Potassium: 311mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 350IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg