Sloppers actually originated in Pueblo, Colorado, a city not too far south of Denver. This kind of burger is a Denver favorite.
It’s messy—or sloppy, thereby earning its name—but it’s delicious! It features green chili, which is a staple dish found in the Denver area. This is my homage to the Denver Broncos.
- 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- ½ cup onions, sliced the long way
- 1 lb. white ground turkey
- ½ teaspoon celery salt
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon old-fashioned mustard
- 2 burger buns
- 4 slices Swiss cheese (2 per burger), plus 2 more slices for serving
- 2 slices tomato (1 per burger)
- 4 tablespoons green chili (or more depending on how sloppy you want it)*
- In a skillet, sauté your onions in 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat until your onions caramelize (5-7 minutes).
- Set aside and keep warm.
- Warm your green chili in a small pot and keep hot, without reducing, as you prepare the rest of the burger.
- In a large mixing bowl, season your turkey with celery salt, onion powder, and black pepper.
- Then mix in 1 egg and old-fashioned mustard.
- Mix well and then form two patties.
- Add another 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the skillet you cooked your onions in.
- Heat the skillet over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes.
- Add your patties into skillet and let cook for 5 minutes on each side. (Only flip your patties once or you might lose the patties’ shape).
- Check your burgers doneness by taking their temperature. You want the inside of the burger at 165 degrees F.
- While your burgers are cooking, toast your buns with 2 slices of cheese on the bottom bun.
- Top the cheese-covered bottom bun with the turkey burger, tomato, and onions.
- Place the top bun on top and cover with another slice of Swiss cheese. Repeat with the second burger.
- To serve, place both Swiss cheese-topped burgers in bowls and pour generous helpings over green chili over them. This should melt the cheese on top and make for a messy, gooey and delicious burger! Enjoy!