Queso Turkey Burgers

Summer just got real, yo.


Oh! We saw our first firefly last night. And by that I mean I was freaking out in a full-blown breakdown in our back yard watching a giant clumsy bat wobbling around in the deep twilight between two tall oak trees. And then as I finally settled down and calmed my breathing from nearly dying, I noticed a blip of yellow to my left. I screamed yet again and then realized it wasn’t a death dragon from the yonder abyss. It was just a firefly. Yay!

I do love fireflies though. When I was young we used to tear off the little bu – you know what, it’s cool.

I love fireflies!

And white queso on turkey burgers.


This whole thing is pretty simple. I seasoned some ground turkey early in the day and then heated up some queso at dinnertime as I seared the burgs. And the queso is seriously anything you want. I’m not even going to tell you what mine is.

Okay I’ll tell you. It’s like a block of Velveeta, but pepper jack! But it’s like, our store brand. Disgustingly wonderful.

But what you m.u.s.t. do is garnish errthang with blue corn chips and fresh jalapenos. If you don’t do this your basement will be haunted by the clumsy drunk bat from my sky for the next 22 years.

And buttless fireflies.



Eat up.

Queso Turkey Burgers:

What it took for 4 burgers:

* 1 pound ground turkey
* 1/3 cup finely chopped cilantro
* 3 cloves garlic, minced
* 1/4 cup minced red onion
* 1 egg
* 1/2 cup panko
* 1 tsp each: ground cumin, chili powder, ground coriander, garlic powder
* 1 pinch salt and pepper
* 2 cups hot queso (of your choice!)
* 4 egg buns, sliced
* blue corn chips
* extra cilantro for garnish
* freshly sliced jalapeno

In a large bowl, combine the turkey, cilantro, garlic, onion, egg, panko and spices (including a pinch of salt and pepper). Using your hands, divide the turkey mix into four patties. Cover and chill as long as you want.

When ready to eat, bring a Tbs. of olive oil to a medium-high heat. Add the patties and cook until nice and seared on both sides, and the meat has cooked through, probably 8 minutes total.

Heat the queso in a small crock pot or sauce pot or whateves.

Toast the buns! (maybe buttered? you better.)

Serve burgs smothered in queso and piled high with crunchy chips, spicy peppers and fresh cilantro. Man oh man.


I do love fireflies though.



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33 Responses to Queso Turkey Burgers

  1. Umm Muhammad June 5, 2014 at 2:19 pm #


  2. Heather June 5, 2014 at 3:10 pm #

    I’ve never had white queso before; it looks delicious!

  3. Claire Gallam June 5, 2014 at 4:04 pm #

    I want to date that

  4. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough June 5, 2014 at 4:40 pm #

    Sweet mother of burgers, I need this in my mouth.

  5. Rachelle June 5, 2014 at 5:22 pm #

    Those buns look SO GOOD. Where are they from?

    • Bev Weidner June 6, 2014 at 7:01 am #

      They’re egg buns from a local (KC) bread company called Farm To Market. SO GOOD.

  6. Heather || Heather's Dish June 5, 2014 at 8:06 pm #

    COME TO MOMMA. Queso on a burger? Heck to the yes!

  7. debbie June 5, 2014 at 10:51 pm #

    the buttless firefly comment made me laugh out loud! we used to do that too! hahaha!

  8. Millie l Add A Little June 6, 2014 at 2:19 am #

    This looks amazing! And love the cilantro ontop mmm!

  9. Belmarra June 6, 2014 at 2:39 am #

    Yummy!!! Green and full of nutrients.
    Love this burger!!

  10. Bri June 6, 2014 at 6:36 am #

    I love that you just added queso to a burger. How in the world have we failed to think of that until now!?

  11. Ali | Gimme Some Oven June 6, 2014 at 9:42 am #

    WOW, these look good. Love all of that queso…and fireflies!

  12. Karly June 6, 2014 at 10:32 am #

    Not only did I rip the butts off of fireflies, I then smeared their butts all over my body so that I glowed. Like radioactive poop. Awesome.

    As for the queso, dude, the white velveeta is the best. For serious. Love these burgers!

    • Bev Weidner June 6, 2014 at 10:56 am #

      I did, too! Nails and ears. Gross. But awesome.

  13. Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onion June 6, 2014 at 10:51 am #

    Firefly’s still make me swoon! Love a good burger! This one looks good!

  14. Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps June 6, 2014 at 12:55 pm #

    I’ve been seeing SO many fireflys in the last week — officially summa! Mucho burger love to these!!

  15. Lisa June 6, 2014 at 1:42 pm #

    Bev, you make me laugh every time- and these burgers look wonderful. ‘Nuff said.

  16. Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek June 7, 2014 at 3:36 pm #

    This turkey farmer approves! Those look so good!

  17. DessertForTwo June 7, 2014 at 4:52 pm #

    We used to tear off their butts and make jewelry out of them. So weird. Also, we’d catch them in jars and put them on our nightstand for all-night long night lights. Kinda cruel, weren’t we?

  18. Emily @ Life on Food June 7, 2014 at 6:57 pm #

    I just saw my first fireflies this weekend. I was in love. Then I saw a little boy trying to catch them. He failed many times. More love from me though.

  19. Heather Gilmour June 9, 2014 at 8:10 am #

    The burger looks very delicious. Love the summer, and long walks, fireflies, beach,everything…
    End of tenancy cleaning in Wimbledon

  20. Christine @ Cooking with Cakes June 9, 2014 at 11:09 am #

    QUESO. legit throw queso on anything and I will give you a giant internet hug.

  21. nicole @ I am a Honey Bee June 10, 2014 at 10:25 am #

    I used to rub firefly butts on my pants. I’d draw stars and hearts and then my pants would glow.
    Apparently we were horrible kids.

  22. Sarah June 10, 2014 at 11:11 am #

    Made these last night, and oh wow — the whole family loved them. I’m a sucker for queso, but the turkey burgers themselves were also stellar. Thanks for the great recipe!

  23. Jennie @themessybakerblog June 11, 2014 at 9:06 am #

    Bats scare the living bejeezus out of me. You don’t get much better than this. Love these summery burgers!

  24. sara forte June 16, 2014 at 1:45 pm #

    bev! I’m full into this whole exhausted and starving breastfeeding mother deal and all I crave are sandwiches and burgers so I can prepare one thing and be completely full. I made an Indian spiced turkey burger but needed some more ideas and this looks delicious! I love the chips and fresh cilantro on top…I may be tired but still need the food to look pretty 😉 These are gorgeous.

  25. stephanie June 10, 2015 at 3:01 pm #

    this all started when i was lazily watching the food network and saw marcel vigneron talking about a turkey burger that actually looked good…no, amazing. not those thick bland pucks my dad would make when there was nothing else on the menu. and of course i couldn’t find a recipe for the damn thing. but i did find your website! and this post. and it’s awesome. the whole thing. added these to next week’s “makin’ this” list for sure.

    the truth is, marcel’s burger was from some place i’ll probably never go and it…it also had parmesan truffle fries on it. ON IT. and i was never going to make those, in all likelihood. (let’s be real.) however, i am likely to find new ways to eat tostitos white queso which i’m currently obsessed with, so.

    all’s well that ends well.

    never met a firefly, to my knowledge, though i have drunkenly broken open glow sticks and smeared them all over myself and friends if that counts for anything. 😐

  26. stephanie June 10, 2015 at 3:03 pm #

    ps, once, in my youth, i was having a sleepover with my bff. and we were in bed and outside the window we thought for sure we saw…A BAT. and we were squealing and clinging to each other and afraid to look but we had to check and blam, THE BAT, rinse, lather, repeat x100. dang, that bat was persistent.

    until of course, we realized it was actually the shadow of a neighbor’s flag in the wind.


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