All recipes, Main meals

Turkey salsa cheese stuffed burgers

February 11, 2018

I’m that person that passes on turkey at the Thanksgiving table, I have just never cared for it and up until recently I was also not a big fan of ground turkey either. With the Weight Watcher freestyle program I am trying to go a bit out of my comfort zone and eat more of the zero point foods so my days can balance out better. I want to have points left at the end of the day for that extra little treat I might want, and I find when I take advantage of these zero point foods that is just so much easier to do! These turkey salsa cheese stuffed burgers were amazing and so filling, and the best part, they are just 1 smart point each on the freestyle program.

Turkey salsa cheese stuffed burgers
Recipe type: Main meals
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4
1 Freestyle SP (Blue & purple), 3SP (Green) /4PP
  • 1 lb raw fat free ground turkey (*I can usually find extra lean, maybe 97%, I just go with it)
  • ½ cup salsa
  • 1.5 tsp chili powder
  • Dash salt & pepper
  • ½ cup panko crumbs
  • 2 oz (about ½ cup) reduced-fat shredded mozzarella, I used Trader Joe's
  1. In a bowl mix your ground turkey, panko, salsa, chili powder and salt & pepper together.
  2. Portion into 4 burgers, roll into balls, scoop some out to add in your cheese, stuff cheese in and then roll back into ball and press into a burger.
  3. I cooked mine on the barbecue over medium heat for approx 25 minutes, turning a few times, they could also be cooked in a frying pan on the stove.
  4. Makes 4 burgers, burgers can be frozen either before cooked or after.
  5. *Note- My Panko was 3SP and my cheese 2SP, that is how I got 4SP, also WW says it needs to be 99% fat free turkey/chicken to be zero points, I can't always find 99%, I've chosen to just use what I can find (usually 97%) if you are 100% by the book then you can point out the meat if you can't find 99%, or make your own.. or do what I do and just use what you can find, I don't think 97% over 99% got me to WW in the first place..
Freestyle Smart Points (Blue & purple)- 1 using the WW recipe builder
Smart Points (green) - 3 using a SP calculator
Points Plus- 4 using a PP calculator
Nutritional info.. Calories 183...Fat 4g..Sat fat 1.2g...Carbs 7g...Fiber 1.2g..Sugar 1.2g...Protein 29.9g using My Fitness Pal

You Might Also Like

  • Avatar
    Ali Callaghan February 11, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    Have you published a cookbook yet? I have tried a number of your recipes lately which turned out delicious. I love the way you detail all steps with an image. Keep up the good work and keep the recipes coming!

    • Drizzle
      Drizzle February 13, 2018 at 12:33 pm

      Hi Ali, thank you for your kind words, no not yet but it is on my bucket list 🙂

  • Avatar
    Kathleen February 11, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    These sound awesome! Just picked up a bunch of ground turkey at Sprouts and vacuum sealed it so I will be pulling a pkg out of the freezer just for these. Yum! Do you have a dressing on your salad? Thanks

    • Drizzle
      Drizzle February 13, 2018 at 12:35 pm

      Hi Kathleen, I hope you enjoy them , no that is a sprinkle of asiago cheese 🙂

  • Avatar
    Michelle G February 13, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    I can’t wait to try these! Would be so good on a salad!

    • Drizzle
      Drizzle February 14, 2018 at 6:23 pm

      Hope you enjoy them Michelle 🙂

  • Avatar
    Jennifer February 22, 2018 at 8:33 pm

    These were so good. I find ground turkey dry and bland. The salsa makes them juicy and delicious. My daughter came for dinner and wanted to know where we bought them and was amazed they were home made. Shared with my WW group today.

    • Drizzle
      Drizzle February 23, 2018 at 5:54 pm

      Hi Jennifer, so glad you both enjoyed them, I agree I find turkey bland but loved these burgers, thanks for sharing them 🙂

  • Avatar
    RLee February 24, 2018 at 11:26 am

    I really enjoy these! I ate one and froze 3 individual patties. I pulled one out and defrosted in the fridge, and it cooked up just as nicely as the fresh one did. With the panko and cheese though, when I put it in the recipe builder I get 3 pts per burger. Totally fine with me, just throwing that out there in case others aren’t calculating themselves. Thanks for the great recipes!

    • Drizzle
      Drizzle February 26, 2018 at 8:07 pm

      Glad you enjoy them, the trader joe’s cheese 20z is 2SP and the panko I use is 3SP for the 1/2 cup, so that makes my burgers 1SP each, if you are using a higher pointed cheese then yes that will affect the overall points

  • Avatar
    Sara February 25, 2018 at 11:34 am

    Has anyone tried these in the oven? WOndering how long to cook them

    • Drizzle
      Drizzle February 26, 2018 at 8:12 pm

      Sorry I only did on the barbecue, my guess would be about 30 min, 350F

  • Avatar
    Julie February 26, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    They look like they have onion and green chilies, is that just the salsa? They don’t look like they have any salsa in them, I’m just double checking, lol!

    • Drizzle
      Drizzle February 26, 2018 at 8:16 pm

      yes that is the salsa, and I promise they have salsa in them 😉

  • Avatar
    kpat March 3, 2018 at 11:56 pm

    Hi! I just found your site and love it. I am Canadian as well in Toronto – can I ask where you are finding 97%fat free turkey breast and Trader Joe cheese. Thanks so much!

    • Drizzle
      Drizzle March 4, 2018 at 2:04 pm

      Hi, Trader Joe’s in a U.S store only, I cross the border often.. Usually grocery store ground chicken/turkey will be 95-97% if it is extra lean, and I just go with it 🙂 Hope you enjoy the recipes

  • Avatar
    Stacey March 5, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    These are delicious!!! I added one tbsp of light herb and garlic cream cheese to the mozzarella. I will never buy a turkey burger or beef burger again!! Thank you from my entire family!!

    • Drizzle
      Drizzle March 6, 2018 at 2:54 pm

      Hi Stacey, yay so glad you all enjoyed them, love the addition of cream cheese 🙂

  • Avatar
    Stephanie Rasmussen April 10, 2018 at 12:07 am

    Can you explain the Freestyle point of 1? With breadcrumbs and cheese it seems like it would be at least 2? Thank you!!

    • Drizzle
      Drizzle April 10, 2018 at 12:25 pm

      Hi, the recipe makes 4 burgers, the breadcrumbs are 3 points and the trader joe’s reduced fat mozzarella is 2 points, so it brings each burger to 1 point