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Best Homemade Turkey Burger and Swiss Cheese Recipe - with Mushrooms and Cilantro!

Updated on July 16, 2015
Gosh, this was soooo good!
Gosh, this was soooo good! | Source

Ground Turkey vs. Ground Beef

Before you say, "Yuck! Turkey burger!" let me acknowledge my awareness that not everyone loves turkey, especially ground turkey. I wouldn't say that I necessarily love it more than I do beef, but I do like turkey, and I eat it different ways quite often.

Replacing ground beef with turkey in recipes can successfully cut down on fat and calories without sacrificing flavor. Turkey goes especially well in red sauce dishes, such as spaghetti. Turkey is better left out, in my experience, of the "light sauce" dishes such as those with light gravies or sauces such as Alfredo. At least that has been my experience with ground turkey. But I digress. Let's get to the turkey burger.

Believe it when I say that I have fallen in love with a turkey burger that I accidentally created. Oh my gosh . . . the flavors! You must test it yourself. You can use either fresh ground turkey or frozen turkey patties.I had some Jennie O frozen turkey patties in the freezer that I had eaten a couple of times and thought they were fine. Fine. This new turkey burger creation is much more than fine!

I came across this recipe combination because I had extra items in my fridge that I needed to use. I have found that this is often the reason new recipes are created. It sure was with me. As it was, I had extra fresh mushrooms and fresh cilantro that I needed to use, and thus I decided to try my extras on a turkey burger. Your bread choice, as mine often does, depends on whatever you have available. The first time, I used a wheat bun. Another time, I put my turkey creation on Italian bread. Rye would also be good, if you like rye. I do stick with spreading only mayonnaise on the bread as anything spicy like mustard might mess with the flavors already created.

The flavors created with this turkey burger were so surprisingly tasty. I ate these burgers for three days in a row! I was so pleased with this new combination.

Mouth-watering turkey burger cooking up with mushrooms and cilantro. And I never leave out the garlic!
Mouth-watering turkey burger cooking up with mushrooms and cilantro. And I never leave out the garlic! | Source

Ingredients for Turkey Burger

1/4 pound ground turkey or one frozen turkey burger

1 Tbs. olive oil

A pat or two of butter, optional

3-4 fresh mushrooms, sliced

1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1 garlic clove, optional

ground pepper to taste

a few twists of sea salt

1 slice Swiss cheese

Your favorite bread--wheat, rye, white, or whatever!

Mayonnaise

Ground Cumin (I recently added this ingredient by sprinkling it liberally on both sides of the patty while cooking. I LOVE cumin!)

Instructions for Turkey Burger

Place your ground turkey burger patty or frozen patty in pan with olive oil. If using a frozen burger, turn on high heat and place lid on top to keep in heat in order to defrost burger and sear side. After three or four minutes, turn patty.

Depending on amount of water created, you may want to take lid off, as turkey burger may be cooking well at this point. You should also turn heat down to about medium heat by this time.

While your turkey burger patty is first starting to cook, wash and then slice up fresh mushrooms and place into pan with turkey patty. Chop and add cilantro, along with minced garlic and a few pats of butter, if desired. Add pepper on top, preferably cracked pepper. Twist over a few granules of sea salt. I don't cook with much salt and feel the other flavors lend plenty of salt flavor to the mix.

Spread mayo on bun and load up that burger!
Spread mayo on bun and load up that burger! | Source

Rate this recipe!

4 stars from 3 ratings of Mushroom & Cilantro Turkey Burger

Enjoy Your Turkey Burger!

On your chosen bread, spread your mayonnaise. When burger patty is nearly done, set the Swiss cheese on top of burger to allow cheese to melt a little. Take up patty and cheese to place on one side of bread. Scoop up mushroom and cilantro mixture when mushrooms are nicely browned and place on other side of bread. Combine the two and you have a wonderful sandwich.

I am totally serious when I say I cooked and ate these for lunch for three days in a row. You should at least try this turkey burger once!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      ha, wisdom, you're funny! I'm addicted to them! The last time I bought ground turkey, I ate these burgers several days in a row!

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      Maurice Wisdom Bishop 5 years ago from San Tan Valley

      Can you pleasseeeee mail me that burger. lol. It look so goooodd! I love mushrooms and I think that's why I love it so much. Great article and thanks for sharing your recipe. I can't cook but I'm going to try though.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Claudia--It really is a great combination. Try it!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Brian, cilantro is very flavorful and is used here in the States in many Mexican-style dishes. It is one of my favorite spices! We can also buy it dried but it doesn't have the flavor that fresh does. You can experiment with different spices and flavors with your turkey burgers. I think they're a great dish!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      El Ray--I think there should be a tasty or delicious button! Try this recipe; it really is good. Thanks for the awesome votes and 5 star rating.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Hey, Ruchira! Thanks for reading even though you don't eat turkey. Perhaps you can replace the turkey with vegetable cutlets. If you do, let me know how you like it. Thanks!

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      Claudia Tello 5 years ago from Mexico

      Garlic, mushrooms and cilantro, yummy… quite a nice combination. I can imagine already it would be a fantastic topping for a turkey burger.

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      Brian Slater 5 years ago from England

      Hi Lynn, I've never heard of cilantrol unless its packaged under a different name here in the UK. But we both love turkey and never thought about making burgers with them, your pics make it look delicious, voted up.

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      El Ray 5 years ago

      Hey Victoria Lynn I've been a big fan of turkey burgers for the past 12 years or so. Your mushroom & cilantro turkey burgers certainly look very delicious! I'm going to try your recipe the next time I make some turkey burgers. There's no "tasty" or "delicious" button, so I had to vote it Up + Awesome and gave it 5 stars.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      being a vegetarian; I can't vouch for turkey...lol

      but, the name of burgers still make saliva run wild in my mouth...haha

      I usually make vegetable cutlets and use them as a patty in my burger.

      voted up as yummmy :)

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks for sharing this hub, too, by the way!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Oh my gosh, Cloverleaf, they really ARE good. I really did have another one tonight! This time I added cumin to the meat. I may have to add that to the recipe. I used fresh ground turkey instead of a pre-made patty. Gosh, it was good! I am so serious. You MUST try it! :-)

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      You're making me hungry! I often use ground turkey instead of beef so I just know that your turkey burgers would be delicious. Voted up!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Great to see you, WillStarr! Hope your wife likes the recipe!

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      WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      My wife loves cilantro, so I'll forward this to her!

      Voted up.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Awesome, Arlene. I think you'll love it! Thanks for the votes!

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      Arlene V. Poma 5 years ago

      Turkey? You betcha! Great recipe all around. Bookmarked, voted up and everything else.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Yeah, try it, Fiddleman. See if you like it!

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      Robert Elias Ballard 5 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

      I am not a huge fan of turkey but your recipe makes me hungry and one I must soon try. Thanks for sharing.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Cloverleaf--You won't be disappointed!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Go for it, Ruchira! You'll love it!

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi Vicki, this sounds like a great combination, I can't wait to try it!

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Vicki...you had me at cilantro and mushrooms :) Being a vegetarian..I would like to make a burger with the above 2 and potatoes :)Thanks!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Vincent, I hope you do try this turkey burger. You won't be disappointed. And, yes, experimenting in the kitchen is so much fun! :-)

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      AA--Yumderful! haha. Yes, should compare packages. I think next time I'll use fresh ground turkey, though. Yummy. I'm hungry too, now!

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      Vincent Moore 5 years ago

      Oh wow, I love burgers. But I mainly eat Organic Bison Burgers or beef patties without chemicals, steroids or antibiotics. I can't wait to try your turkey burger treat. I can buy free range turkey meat so that's not a problem. You have me drooling right now for one, I like the ingredients you added as well. It's so fun experimenting isn't it? LoL thanks for the share. yummy.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Make one for lunch, Ruby! You're right about awesome combinations!

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      Augustine A Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

      THIS IS ABSOLUTELY YUMDERFUL. I love mushrooms as well. Ground turkey is good, but you should read the Jenny O label to make sure the fat content isn't too high. I compared a pack of Jenny O with a pack of lean sirloin ground, and the beef had less fat.

      I'm so hungry now my stomach is growling. Thanks alot...

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      Maree Michael Martin 5 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      Awesome combinations! Got my mouth watering, and I too love cilantro!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Exactly, Marcy! Turkey is healthier. I've got to experiment more with ground turkey. I'll be making this one time and time again, I know for sure. :-)

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I agree, LauraGT. I'll have more recipes, that's for sure. Thanks!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Yes, try it Susan. Do you have any ground turkey recipes you could share in a hub? I need to experiment more with ground turkey. I feel better health-wise about eating turkey, too.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      You had me at cilantro! haha--Funny, Sunshine. I'm with ya on the cilantro. Wish I could use it with everything. Hope your daughter likes the recipe. Gobble, gobble!

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      Oh, yummy! I love turkey burgers - I get to have the decadent feel of a hamburger, without the cholesterol! Thanks for these ideas on making a most excellent burger! Voted up and useful.

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      LauraGT 5 years ago from MA

      I agree! Anything with cilantro has my vote, and mushrooms to boot! Yum! Keep the recipes coming! :)

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I eat turkey all through the year as a healthy choice and I like turkey. This turkey burger sounds really good especially with the cilantro. Next time I buy ground turkey I'll try this.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      You had me at cilantro! I would add cilantro to every meal, but it just doesn't go with everything. Turkey burgers are delish! My daughter makes turkey burger sliders that are divine! We just gobble them up, pun intended!

      I'll share your recipe with her!:)