Mexican Inside-Out Burgers


Prep time15 minutes
Cooking time15 minutes
Total time30 minutes


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.


1 pound
turkey, ground
1 teaspoon
chili powder
1/2 teaspoon
garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon
1 tablespoon
cilantro (chopped)
black pepper
4 slices
cheese, monterey jack
1 tablespoon
vegetable oil
4 slices
cheese, pepper jack


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.


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