New Year’s Eve Peruvian Turkey Burgers with Aji Sauce

Merry Christmas to every grill lovin’ man, woman, and child! The weather is delightful, and cocoa is hot, but before you know it, another holiday will be upon us. Here is New Year’s Eve Peruvian Turkey Burgers with Aji Sauce to keep you ahead of the game with menu prep. Able to grill up quickly, these burgers are perfect for the end of the year get together, featuring a heavily seasoned turkey patty and creamy Aji sauce made from cilantro, lime juice, and yogurt.

The ground turkey is mixed with soy sauce, lime juice, garlic, and spices to add robust flavor to the lean poultry. The lime juice adds refreshing zing, while the soy brings a salty balance. The Aji sauce brings together creamy Greek yogurt, fresh cilantro, refreshing lime juice, and tangy apple cider vinegar to make the perfect condiment for this burger. Grilled over medium heat, topped with Queso Fresco, and packed between toasted buns, these lean and mean fistfuls of flavor will keep the party going into the new year. Tis the season to be jolly, so enjoy your presents, loved ones, and cocoa because 2021 will be a fantastic year.

Serves 4

New Year’s Eve Peruvian Turkey Burgers with Aji Sauce Ingredients


  • 16 oz Jennie-O Lean Ground Turkey
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed or finely minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 oz. Queso Fresco
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • Lettuce and sliced tomatoes for garnish

Aji sauce

  • 2 jalapenos roughly chopped (ribs and seeds removed unless you want it extra spicy)
  • 1 cup packed fresh cilantro, including the leaves and stems
  • 1 clove garlic roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • Salt and pepper to taste

New Year’s Eve Peruvian Turkey Burgers with Aji Sauce Directions


  1. In a large mixing bowl, add the ground turkey, soy sauce or tamari, lime juice, garlic, cumin, smoked paprika, oregano, and pepper. Gently mix and divide into four equal portions. Form into patties a half-inch thick and place in the refrigerator until ready to cook.
  2. Preheat grill or grill pan to medium heat. Place patties on the grill and cook for about 8-9 minutes on the first side. Flip and cook for another 6-7 minutes, using a meat thermometer to ensure it’s cooked to 165°F, cooking longer if necessary. Top each burger with about one ounce of cheese for the last few minutes of cooking,
  3. Lightly toast the buns, place the cooked burgers on the buns, and top with aji sauce, lettuce, and tomato slices.

Aji Sauce

  1. Combine the ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Store in the refrigerator.

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