Summer Grilling Recipe: Jalapeno, Lime, and Smoked Mozzarella Turkey Burger for Alameda Dialysis Patients

Chef Aaron McCargo Jr. has partnered with Fresenius Medical Care to create the following Jalapeno, Lime, and Smoked Mozzarella Turkey Burger recipe for dialysis patients.

For most Americans, summertime is a time for cookouts featuring delicious and decadent food. However, for the almost 400,000 Americans who are on dialysis, there are certain dietary restrictions limiting their food and fluid options, which can make it challenging to enjoy summer barbeques with friends and family.

Chef Aaron McCargo Jr., star of the Food Network’s Big Daddy’s House, has partnered with Fresenius Medical Care to develop some dialysis-friendly recipes for patients so they can enjoy summertime foods, including a tasty Jalapeno, Lime, and Smoked Mozzarella Turkey Burger, perfect for people with kidney failure – as well as their families and friends – to enjoy this summer. 

Jalapeno, Lime, and Smoked Mozzarella Turkey Burger


  • 1½ pound ground turkey
  • 1 jalapeno or 2 Tbsp finely diced jalapeno*
  • Juice of 2 limes and zest** of 1
  • 1 Tbsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp reduced-sodium Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ¾ cup shredded smoked mozzarella cheese
  • 6 hamburger buns


Preheat outdoor grill (a George Foreman® grill may also be used). In a medium size bowl, mix the first 5 ingredients plus 2 Tbsp of olive oil. Make equal size burger patties and lightly brush with remainder 2 Tbsp of oil. Cook for 5-7 minutes, flipping once, or until an internal temperature of 165° F is reached. Top each with an equal amount of cheese and melt in a toaster oven or in oven on broil. Serve on a toasted bun. (If using George Foreman® grill, once cooked, unplug the grill and add cheese to the burger. Leave the grill open and allow the cheese to slightly melt.) 

Serves 6

Nutrient Analysis:

Calories                 421 calories           Trans Fat               0 grams

Protein                  28 grams              Cholesterol            97 milligrams

Carbohydrate        25 grams              Potassium             382 milligrams

Total Fat                23 grams              Phosphorus           286 milligrams

Saturated Fat        6 grams                Sodium                  344 milligrams

* When handling or cutting hot peppers, it is best to wear plastic or rubber gloves and do not touch your face. If you do not wear gloves, wash hands thoroughly with soap and water before touching your face or eyes. 

Renal Advantage Inc. Bancroft Ave. is located at 7200 Bancroft Ave., Suite 220, in Oakland, CA.  For more information and recipes, visit: http://www.ultracare-dialysis.com/ or call 1-866-4-DIALYSIS (1-866-434-2597).

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