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

4.8 from 10 reviews
Flavours of Brazil Turkey Burgers
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
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.

Family FoodiesTasty Tuesdaysrecipe-of-the-week

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.


Permanent link to this article: http://www.fabfood4all.co.uk/flavours-of-brazil-turkey-burgers-with-bacon-pineapple/


4 pings

Skip to comment form

  1. 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:-)

  2. 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:-)

  3. 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:-)

  4. 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;-)

  5. Anne Dalzell

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

    1. Camilla

      They sound intrigueing!

  6. Tracy Nixon

    Never thought of turkey burgers! Cool!

  7. pm liu

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

  8. June Etherington

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

  1. Quick Turkey Mince Turkey Kofta Kebabs with Spanish Smoked Paprika » Coffee & Vanilla

    […] If you are looking for more healthy mince recipes you may like Oven Baked Turkey Burgers, Turkey Moussaka or Turkey Meatloaf with Mixed Bell Peppers I often make in our house. You could also head to Camilla’s of Fab Food 4 All to try her Brazilian Turkey Burgers with Bacon & Pineapple. […]

  2. June’s Family Foodies Al Fresco Round-Up | Eat your veg

    […] from Fab Food 4 All opted for barbecue with her Flavours of Brazil Turkey Burgers with Bacon & Pineapple. Flavoured with turtle beans, jalapeno peppers, smoked paprika, Cheddar, lime and garlic they […]

  3. June’s Family Foodies Al Fresco Round-Up | Eat your veg

    […] from Fab Food 4 All opted for barbecue with her Flavours of Brazil Turkey Burgers with Bacon & Pineapple. Flavoured with turtle beans, jalapeno peppers, smoked paprika, Cheddar, lime and garlic they […]

  4. The Top Ten Burger Recipes for Father's Day! PLUS, Suffolk Gold Double Cheese Burger

    […] 2. Flavours of Brazil Turkey Burgers with Bacon & Pineapple by Fab Food 4 All […]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

− six = 1

Rate this recipe: