I love this spicy spicy spicy Turkey Burger recipe with Bhut Pepper‘s naga jolokia (ghost pepper). It’s definitely not a full pepper though, just a small amount of the powder. In fact, if you just ate an entire ghost pepper (ranking 1,000,000 on the Scoville Scale), you’d probably simultaneously be passing out and guzzling a gallon of water. The Scoville scale measures how hot a pepper is based on how many times it’s extract has to be diluted before it can no longer be tasted. The hottest pepper—the Naga Jolokia—has to be diluted 1,000,000 times!
Intimidating, sure, but research has found that eating hot peppers could help you lose weight. Ever notice how your whole body can get hot after eating a pepper? That’s a good thing! Your body requires energy to heat up. In other words, getting hot burns calories.
Here’s the recipe from Bhut Jolokia:
1 lb ground Turkey or Lean Beef
1/4 cup Onion finely chopped
1 tbsp fresh Parsley
1/2 tsp Black Pepper
1/8 tsp Ghost Pepper Powder
1 Garlic clove
Mix all of the ingredients and shape in to 4 burger. Grill over medium heat 10 minutes or until cooked through, turning once