Flavours of Brazil Turkey Burgers with Bacon & Pineapple

Flavours of Brazil Turkey Burgers

Part of why I love being a food blogger is being challenged to do things I would never think to do myself and trying out new ingredients. So when Unilever Kitchen came to me with the idea of doing a Brazilian themed post (I believe the World Cup is being hosted there) using some of their ingredients I couldn’t resist! To be honest I was completely clueless about Brazilian cuisine but I did know that pineapples were big in Brazil, indeed they are one of the world’s largest producers.

Unilever Kitchen Taste of Brazil Challenge

Doing some research on the internet I discovered a few people’s interpretations of Brazilian food and read some comments from Brazilian’s pointing out things like the fact that avocados are eaten as a fruit in Brazil with sugar and that chorizo is Spanish so not something they typically use either. I really didn’t want to upset any Brazilians as being half Danish I do get offended when I see something like “Danish Pastry filled with mincemeat” I just shudder!

Flavours of Brazil Turkey Burgers

Using a 10cm cookie cutter really helped to shape these burgers!

So taking inspiration from the hamper of goodies I received I decided to use the Black Turtle Beans that are popular in Brazil together with the Knorr Garlic Flavour Pot and put them in a turkey burger flavoured with jalapeno chillies, smoked paprika, cumin, lime juice and mature cheddar (amongst other things) and topped with pineapple, bacon and Colman’s Fiery BBQ Chilli Sauce. Well to say these burgers were popular with my family is an understatement! Everyone loved them (ok my daughter removed the pineapple slice) and there was a fight for the 2 leftover burgers. I insisted one went in my son’s packed lunch so the boys split the other one! I’m now a big fan of the black turtle beans which tasted fabulous, held their shape and really complimented the chilli flavour of the burgers. I don’t usually like BBQ sauce but the Colman’s one is worthy of praise and really complimented the burgers, bacon and pineapple perfectly with its chilli kick!

Flavours of Brazil Turkey Burgers

Of course the boys did the BBQing! Even trusted them with camera for this shot!

So I’d just like to thank Unilever for challenging me to come up with a recipe that will become a regular on our BBQ and if there are any Brazilians shuddering out there I do apologise!

Flavours of Brazil Turkey Burgers

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The Flavours of Brazil Turkey Burgers combine turkey, black turtle beans, jalepenos, smoked paprika, cumin, lime juice and cheddar cheese which are then finished off with bacon, pineapple and BBQ sauce for the perfect flavour combination and BBQ treat! Did I mention they’re healthy too!
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Brazilian
Serves: 6
  • For burgers:
  • 500g Minced Turkey Steak or Thigh
  • 4 tbsp Red onion, finely chopped
  • 50g Black Turtle Beans, soaked night before & cooked according to instructions
  • 4 -5 Green jalapeno slices (from a jar) finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 50g Extra mature cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 ½ tsp Lime juice
  • ½ Knorr Garlic Flavour Pot
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper
  • For topping:
  • 6 Rashers of back bacon
  • 6 Thin slices fresh pineapple, cored
  • 6 Burger buns
  • Garnish:
  • Shredded Iceberg lettuce
  • Mayonnaise
  • Colman’s Fiery BBQ Chilli Sauce
  1. Place all the burger ingredients in a bowl and mix well with your hands.
  2. Divide into 6 equal patties (I place ⅙th burger mince in a 10cm cookie cutter and spread out to get the perfect burger shape).
  3. Place the burgers in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to firm up.
  4. Cook the burgers, bacon and pineapple slices on the BBQ for as long as necessary.
  5. Place cooked elements on a dish covered in foil once cooked and allow burgers to rest for a few minutes.
  6. Toast the burger buns on the BBQ.
  7. Assemble the burgers by adding a layer of mayonnaise, shredded lettuce, the turkey burger, bacon rasher, slice of pineapple and a drizzle of Chilli BBQ Sauce, top with bun lid and enjoy!
  8. Serve with salads of your choice and or French Fries!

Flavours of Brazil Turkey Burgers

I’m entering my burgers into this month’s Family Foodies event where the theme is barbecues, picnics and outdoor eating which is being hosted by Eat Your Veg and run jointly with Bangers and Mash. I’m also entering Tasty Tuesday which is hosted over at Honest Mum. Finally I’m entering A Mummy Too’s Recipe of the Week.

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World Cup 2014, Brazil, jalapeno chillies, smoked paprika, cumin, lemon juice, cheddar cheese,

And here she is closed and ready to go:-)

NB: I may win a gas BBQ for taking part in this #UnileverRio challenge. I received a hamper of Unilever products for taking part and all opinions are my own. I was not paid for this post.


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  1. Paul Wilson

    This would be great to do whilst the rugby is on.

  2. Jane McColl

    these would make a lovely change to my usual boring barbecue …and I’m a sucker for anything savoury that includes pineapple

    1. Camilla

      It’s soo tasty Jane;-)

  3. claire

    OOO these are going straight to the top of my bbq menu, fab for those who dont like a beefburger + they look great too

    1. Camilla

      Fab Claire, they are soo tasty:-)

  4. Jane Davies

    Looks lovely, not sure I’d like the pineapple in it though, never tried a turkey burger either !

    1. Camilla

      Oh it goes so well in contrast to the bacon Jane – try it:-)

  5. Heather Haigh

    Looks and sounds delicious, now just need the weather to improve for a barbeque – it’s howling gales today bah.

    1. Camilla

      I was battling the wind taking food pics today – there was a serious sense of humour failure on my part LOL!

  6. Zoey P

    These look and sound delish :)

  7. Maya Russell

    These burgers sound spicy and delicious.

    1. Camilla

      They were utterly fabulous – must make them as I have a pineapple, turkey mince, bacon, buns and more turtle beans:-)

  8. Margot @ Coffee & Vanilla

    What a great idea to add pineapple to the burger, my kids would love this Camilla! :)

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Margot – they were a big hit here:-)

  9. Kaci Soderstrom

    Oh wow these look amazing! Turkey burgers rock if they are done right.. might be giving this a go.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, they really are lush:-)

  10. William Gould

    I too have never though of turkey burgers! I love turkey, but only really eat it at Christmas!

    1. Camilla

      We’re having turkey at least once a week and my Turkey Chilli is so amazing you don’t even miss it not being beef;-)

  11. Anne Dalzell

    Sounds great. I make smoked hazelnut burgers which would also go well with this. x

    1. Camilla

      They sound intrigueing!

  12. Tracy Nixon

    Never thought of turkey burgers! Cool!

  13. pm liu

    Ooooh this looks interesting and is very creative, will try this out in my next BBQ

  14. June Etherington

    I eat a lot of turkey but never though of doing burgers. Will be giving this a try.

  15. Irene Wright

    I’ve not been a fan of turkey because I find it a bit dry. However, this sound really nice. must give it a whirl

    1. Camilla

      Ooh there’s no dryness here;-)

  16. ujhunt1961

    Even though BBQ season is over my children still ask for these burgers

    1. Camilla

      So pleased to hear that;-)

  17. Gill Thom

    looks good, tastes good!

  18. Louisa Foti

    Oh wow Camilla, I LOVE your take on this challenge!!!! Your burgers sound, and look, absolutely heavenly. My apologies for only getting around to commenting now but thank you so much for entering your post to June’s Family Foodies ‘Al Fresco’ event.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, they were heavenly and will be repeating them over the summer:-)

  19. Louise Smith

    These love fab!

  20. Ursula Hunt

    Our World Cup might be over but the Brazilian burger will live on!

    1. Camilla

      Exactly, every cloud has a silver lining:-)

  21. Felicity Kelly

    Yummy, better than a boring burger!!!!

    1. Camilla

      It’s so good and healthier than its beef cousin:-)

  22. Ursula Hunt

    maybe one of these when watching the match will bring us more luck

    1. Camilla

      Well I think I should be making recipes for England as Brazil won when I did this post:-)

  23. Emily @amummytoo

    That looks absolutely beautiful and must be absolutely amazing to bite into. Thanks for linking up to #recipeoftheweek – I have pinned this post to my food boards and scheduled in a tweet for this evening :)

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, they were fab:-)

  24. glenn hutton

    This is a great recipe for a hot sunny day in the garden…

    1. Camilla

      It really is:-)

  25. Sophie at Franglaise Cooking

    I love the sound of this, though I might leave the pineapple off it when making it – just out of personal choice 😉

    1. Camilla

      My son and daughter refused the pineapple but then my son came round to it and it really went well with the bacon & BBQ sauce. I knew this flavour combo worked well as I often make chicken wrapped in bacon kebabs with pineapple which are delicious. I hated pineapple for years and it always gave me stomach ache as a kid but I’ve grown to like it and it loses it’s acidity on the BBQ:-)

  26. HELEN

    these look delicious – I love the idea of adding the pineapple and bacon too.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, they really work well together:-)

  27. Julie's Family Kitchen

    What a yummy looking burger. Such fab flavours for a great alternative to the usual beef burger.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you – it does make a refreshing change from beef:-)

  28. Ursula Hunt

    What a gorgeous looking burger

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, will have to make these again soon as they were so yummy:-)

  29. Honest Mum

    Wow these look incredible, loving your vibrant food stills too. We are huge burger fans here and I love turkey as a healthier alternative! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays

    1. Camilla

      Aah, thank you so much. I think the sunshine really helps with photography:-) Turkey is so much healthier too which makes these burgers a definite win/win:-)

  30. Vanesther - Bangers & Mash

    Those are some very tasty burgers! Fingers crossed for a little more sunshine so we can all get out barbecuing!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, yes I hear we’re in for a scorcher this summer (so it’ll rain then LOL)!

  31. Krissie

    Great for the bbq weather, thanks!

    1. Camilla


  32. Kirsty Hijacked By Twins

    Oooh this looks and sounds delicious, perfect for a summers day! x #TastyTuesdays

    1. Camilla

      Thank you:-)

  33. Jenny

    Wow this looks and sounds amazing and perfect for summer time bbq!!! I love the pineapple on it. I am a huge fan of pineapple. Thanks for sharing. #tastytuesdays

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, yes the pineapple and bacon combo work so well here:-)

  34. Villa Pia

    How enticing that burger looks. This would go down a treat at any of the World Cup parties happening all over this summer!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you – I hope I set a new trend LOL:-)

  35. sarah hill wheeler (@hill_wheeler)

    Brilliant summer meal (and some great pictures). Interesting to learn about the avocado and chorizo. Will pin this one and try it on Saturday! #TastyTuesday

    1. Camilla

      Oh fab! Don’t forget to soak the beans the night before:-)

  36. Heather Haigh

    Those do look good. I’ve not heard of turtle beans before. Are they called anything else or are they new on the shelves? Should I be making jokes about who Brazil will be making mincemeat out of in the World Cup?

    1. Camilla

      I’d love to pretend I was an authority on Black Turtle Beans but they are totally new to me! The ones I was sent were from Waitrose, I imagine they have been available for a long time but I don’t often study the dried bean shelves (I really should as they are such versatile and cheap things)!

      1. Heather Haigh

        Well at least I feel better for knowing I’m not the only one they are a mystery to. I shall have to do some research – maybe they are appearing on the shelves in honour of the World Cup. I will have to check it out when I have time. But thanks. And I do love pulses for nutrition, usefullness, and value.

  37. Paul Wilson

    Great stuff. Brazil. Turkey. Burger. Yum!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Paul:-)

  38. Bev

    WOW! I could so eat one of those! Or two!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Bev:-)

  39. Galina V

    I know what you mean about authentic recipes, or not so authentic. I shudder when I see people adding chutney or Marmite to ragu Bolognese, or blitzing the beet soup and calling it a borscht (it is never blitzed in Russia).
    That’s a sunny looking burger! We had our first BBQ of the year in the rain, lol

    1. Camilla

      It was our first BBQ of the year too yesterday – for once the weather forecasters got it right so my planned meal could go ahead:-) I’ve never made Borscht but will bear that in mind for the future:-)

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