Spicy Turkey Burgers with Chipotle Chiles

I don’t know what I did before I discovered Chipotles in Adobo Sauce. Chipotles are smoked jalapeño peppers, and adobo is the herby, spicy, slightly vinegary tomato sauce they are packed in. They lend a wonderful warm and subtle-smoky heat to many dishes. Since I am always afraid of running out, I make sure to keep three or four cans of Chipotle in Adobo Sauce in my pantry. Once you open a can, transfer the chipotles and the sauce to a small glass jar and refrigerate for up to three months.

Serves 4.

1¼ to 1½ pounds ground turkey (1 package)
2 to 3 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 chipotle chile in adobo, chopped
2 teaspoons dried oregano
½ to ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
Kosher salt and black pepper to taste
1 lime, quartered

1. Combine all the ingredients except the salt and black pepper in a large mixing bowl and gently mix. Divide the mixture into 4 balls of equal size, form into patties, and flatten to about 1 inch thick.

2. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.Place a large skillet over medium-high heat and when it is very hot, add the burgers, allowing the pan to reheat for about 30 seconds between additions. Cook until deeply browned, about 7-8 minutes on each side. Serve immediately, garnished with the lime quarters.

From Warehouse to Your House: More than 250 Simple, Spectacular Recipes to Cook, Store, and Share When You Buy in Quantity (Simon & Schuster, 2006)