Taco Burgers Recipe

These healthy taco burgers are wonderful straight off the barbecue! (But you can cook them in the oven or on the stovetop, too.)

It’s true. Turkey burgers can get boring. In fact, most burgers can get boring if you eat them the same way all the time.

Clean Eating Taco Burgers Recipe

There are some pretty decadent burgers out there. Stuffed or topped with all sorts of not-so-good-for-you ingredients. Once you start eating clean, your burgers may start to get a little dreary compared to the way you may have been used to eating them before. But it doesn’t have to be that way!

While I will admit to often being baffled by what kind of burger I should make next to keep it interesting, this was a real winner at the table. If you have kids, definitely choose a very mild salsa. But aside from that, you can make these as spicy as you like! Simply adjust with the salsa used and/or with the use of the chili powder, which adds really great flavor, so try not to skip it unless you are overly sensitive to spice.

Many burgers labeled as “Taco Burgers” have crushed corn chips in them. But I skipped that here. I know there are chips out there that have a clean ingredients list, but I always struggle with the idea of how processed they are to get them into chip form. So I leave that up to you. If you want to use them, I would simply crush them up and stir in about 1/4 to 1/2 cup with everything else. But it’s not necessary here. These are yummy!

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Clean Eating Taco Burger Recipe

Clean Eating Taco Burgers Recipe

A delicious twist on burger night, these are wonderful straight off the barbecue! Note that if you decide to use the chili powder, you may want to consider using a mild salsa. Unless you enjoy a good, spicy burger!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 4 patties
Calories: 180kcal
Author: Tiffany McCauley


  • 1 lb. ground turkey (or beef)
  • ¼ cup salsa (your favorite clean brand)
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. onion powder
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder (optional, but good)
  • 1 tbsp. ground cumin


  • In a medium mixing bowl, knead all the ingredients together by hand to blend well.
  • Form 4, equal-sized patties and cook them either on the barbecue, in a skillet with oil, or bake them on a parchment lined baking sheet at 350 F. for about 45 minutes or until they reach at least 165 F. on a meat thermometer.
  • Stack on a clean bun with your favorites like lettuce, tomato and cheddar…. and enjoy!


Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 1patty | Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 244mg | Potassium: 599mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1250IU | Vitamin C: 1.5mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 4.4mg

Author: Tiffany McCauley

Title: Food and Travel Journalist

Expertise: Food, cooking, travel


Tiffany McCauley is a nationally syndicated journalist and an award-winning cookbook author and food blogger. She has been featured on MSN, Huffington Post, Country Living Magazine, HealthLine, Redbook, and many more. Her food specialty is healthy comfort food recipes.

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  1. I loved these..so simple yet juicy and easy to make. Thank you!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Nicole – Yay!! I’m so happy you enjoyed them! I love the simplicity too. I try to cook that way as often as possible! LOL!