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Turkey Burger Recipes

Updated on February 19, 2016
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Jaynie is a whiz the kitchen She's a great baker but a far better chef, w/ expertise in making gourmet sandwiches and high-end entrees.

Great Turkey Burger Recipes

Most people have heard that cooking with turkey instead of ground beef is a healthier alternative, but there are still plenty of people out there that can't conceive of giving up beef. Let's face it. Beef rocks! It is juicy and delicious and nothing smells better than a piece of beef cooking on the grill. But if you're concerned about cholesterol, fat, calories and the like, you may want to give turkey a try. Turkey burgers are fantastic with the right accoutrements such as sauces, relishes and fresh vegetables. I like the ones that favor a southwestern flare that spices them up a bit, but not too spicy. These two recipes have just enough zest to tickle your taste buds and yet assure that the kids will eat them too.

Give them a try. If you can't grill out at this time of year, making them in your broiler works just as well.

Turkey Burgers with Avocado Sauce

  • 1 c. fresh or frz. corn (thawed)
  • 1/2 c. chopped red onion
  • 1 small sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. lime juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/8 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 lb. extra lean ground turkey


  • 1 medium ripe avocado, peeled
  • 1/2 c. fat free sour cream
  • 2 tbsp. minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 tsp. lime juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 4 whole hamburger buns, split
  • Shredded lettuce, reduced fat Mexican cheese blend, sliced tomato and red onion (optional)

In large skilled, saute corn, onion and peppers in oil until crisp/ tender. Stir in lime juice, garlic, salt, cumin, chili powder and oregano; cook 1 minute longer. Transfer to a large bowl and cool slightly.

Crumble turkey over mixture and mix well. Shape into 4 burgers. Refrigerate for at least an hour.

For sauce, in small bowl, mash avocado with sour cream, cilantro, lime juice, garlic and salt. Refrigerate until serving.

If grilling burgers, coat grill rack with cooking spray before starting grill. Grill burgers covered, over medium heat or broil 4 inches from heat for 5-7 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer reads 165 degrees and juices run clear.

Place burgers on buns and top each with 1/4 cup avocado sauce. Serve with lettuce, tomatoes, cheese and onion if desired.

Fiesta Ranch Burgers

  • 2 egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 c. canned, diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1/2 c. canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. lime juice
  • 1 to 2 tbsp. chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1.25 lbs. lean ground turkey
  • 1/3 c. prepared fat-free ranch salad dressing
  • 1 tbsp. minced fresh cilantro
  • 5 lettuce leaves
  • 5 hamburger buns, split

In large bowl, combine egg whites, tomatoes, beans, onion, lime juice, peppers, garlic and salt. Crumble turkey over mixture and mix well. Shape into 5 burgers.

Broil 4 in. from heat for 7-9 minutes on each side or until meat thermometer reads 165 degrees and juices run clear. In small bowl, combine salad dressing and cilantro. Serve burgers with dressing and lettuce.

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    • Jaynie2000 profile image

      Jaynie2000 7 years ago

      Thanks Susan. I'm learning to like it more and more. Great recipes make all the difference.

    • Just Ask Susan profile image

      Susan Zutautas 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Turkey burgers are very good. I sometimes make turkey meat loaf and often buy turkey bacon. Great Hub!

    • Jaynie2000 profile image

      Jaynie2000 7 years ago

      Thanks guys. These are pretty good. The avocado sauce is thinner than guac and really very different. I love guac as well and I have a great recipe for it if you're interested. It's super-easy to make and though avocados are high in fat, it's the good kind of fat, so it's still healthy.

    • Don Simkovich profile image

      Don Simkovich 7 years ago from Pasadena, CA

      Hey, the avocado sauce is essentially guacamole? This sounds great. Turkey is one of my favorite meats. I think turkey burgers would taste great and be a nice alternative on occasion to hamburgers.

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      artlader 7 years ago from Aiken, South Carolina, USA

      You know, I was just looking for something healthy and tasty for next week.

      And here it is. :-)

      Voted up and useful.



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      Jaynie2000 7 years ago

      What a coincidence! I'm making the ones with avocado sauce tomorrow night!

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      Apostle Jack 7 years ago from Atlanta Ga

      I love Turkey prepared in many ways.I have some turkey burgers in the oven now.