My Favorite Turkey Burger

Updated: Nov 8, 2019

A juicy and oh-so-flavorful turkey burger with all the toppings. I know what you’re thinking- juicy and turkey burger do not relate... UNTIL NOW! Check out the optional moist maker for an extra juicy addition.

Turkey Burger

4 servings | 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground turkey

  • 1 tsp Worcestershire

  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

  • 1/2 tsp onion powder

  • 1/2 tsp cumin

  • 1 tsp italian seasoning

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1/2 pepper

  • Optional: 2 oz goat cheese or 2 tbsp whole milk ricotta cheese

  • 4 buns, toasted

  • Arugula

  • 4-8 slices tomato

  • 2 oz cheese (cheddar, provolone, mozzarella, gruyere)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400, line a baking sheet with tin foil and spray with non stick spray.

  2. Combine ground turkey, Worcestershire, garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper in a bowl. Include the optional "moist maker" aka goat or ricotta cheese here if adding.

  3. Form 4 patties, arrange on the baking sheet and place in the oven. Cook for 10 min, flip and return to oven for another 10 min.

 

Turkey burgers are great because they can be baked and therefore require less babysitting. Turkey is also much leaner than ground beef which is why turkey burgers like some extra help in the flavor department than a typical beef burger would but this also leaves room for some much variety and experimenting! I always start with the spices in this recipe but sometimes I like to get fancy with an extra spice or fun toppings...

How will you spice up your next turkey burger

From top left to bottom right:

  1. Caramelized Onion and Fig Aioli Turkey Burger: Classic turkey burger recipe topped with caramelized onions, cooking directions here, and fig jam made with 4-8 figs, 1 tsp brown sugar, 1 tsp orange zest, 1 cup water microwaved for 6 min or until all but a few tbsp of water remains blended with 1 oz plain greek yogurt.

  2. Stuffed Mozzarella Burger with Grilled Red Onion and Pickles: Classic turkey burger but instead the moist maker form the patties around 1/2 oz mozzarella cheese and add fresh chopped parsley. Top with sliced pickled and grilled red onion plus all of the usuals.

  3. Caprese Turkey Burger Sourdough Melt: Add 2-4 cloves minced garlic and fresh chopped basil to the classic turkey burger recipe. Blend 2 tbsp pesto with 2 oz plain greek yogurt and spread on grilled sour dough slices. Top burgers with fresh mozzarella, chopped tomatoes and balsamic glaze.

  4. Balsamic Onion and Bleu Cheese Turkey Burger with Homemade Sesame Bun: Add 2 tsp dijon mustard and use ricotta cheese as moist maker in the classic turkey burger recipe. Top with balsamic caramelized onions, bleu cheese, bleu cheese dressing, iceberg lettuce and tomatoes.

  5. Spicy Chipotle Ranch Turkey Burger: Add 1 tsp ranch seasoning and 1/2 tsp chipotle seasoning to classic recipe. Combine 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt, 1/2 tsp chipotle seasoning, 1 tbsp dijon mustard and 1 tsp pickle juice. Spread the chipotle sauce on the bun and top the burger with all the usual toppings.

  6. Bruschetta Turkey Burger: To the classic burger recipe add 1/4 cup fresh chopped basil, 1 tbsp tomato paste, 1/4 cup whole milk ricotta cheese and 1 tbsp parmesan cheese. Top with pesto, more fresh basil, tomatoes, mozzarella and balsamic glaze.

Nutrition facts are shown for both the basic turkey burger recipe and also with the additional "moist maker" added to the recipe.



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