Full-Flavored Turkey Burgers

by Her Happy Balance on July 16, 2014

There’s just something about a burger hot and fresh off the grill that gets my mouth watering. In an ideal world, I’d eat lots of juicy beef burgers all the live long day. In the real world, red meat tends to be higher in fat and cholesterol than some other proteins. However, red meat is high in protein and iron, so don’t deny yourself some of that juicy goodness every once in a while.

But it’s grilling season…and I want to eat burgers a lot, so much so that I need a healthier alternative. Enter the turkey burger. But let’s be honest, turkey, because it is super lean, can have a tendency to be tasteless. Ground turkey needs a little bit of TLC to make it into a legitimate beef alternative.

I bring to you one of my new quick and easy go-to dinner ideas that I’m calling full-flavored turkey burgers. The ground turkey is mixed with garden fresh herbs and veggies and seasoned with some spices that give it a bit of an indian flare.

turkey burger

Full-Flavored Turkey Burgers
Serves 4
A delicious spin on the turkey burger that has it packed with garden fresh herbs and vegetables with a hint of cumin and curry to give it an Indian flare.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 16oz. package of ground turkey*
  2. 1/2 Cup yellow onion, chopped
  3. 1/4 Cup red bell pepper, chopped
  4. 1 Tsp. garlic, minced
  5. 1/8 Cup Italian flat leaf parsley, chopped
  6. 1 Small handful basil, chopped
  7. A few sprigs of fresh chives, chopped
  8. 1/4 Tsp. curry powder
  9. 1/8 Tsp. cumin
  10. Pinch of Kosher salt
  11. Fresh ground pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and use your hands to mix them together. Form the meat into 4 patties. Grill the patties until cooked through, about 5 minutes each side. Serve and enjoy!
Notes
  1. *I used 94% lean, 6% fat ground turkey
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I like to serve my burger over mixed greens with big slices of Jersey tomato and some raw onion. Add a slice of gooey, melted American cheese and you’re all set!

turkey burger The burger has enough flavor punch that it doesn’t really require any condiments. Just be careful not to overcook your turkey, and it will be juicy and delicious. But if you feel like taking things to the next level, and want some extra spice, try dipping it into my chipotle sauce. Or if you prefer your burger on a bun, slather one up with some special sauce πŸ˜‰

Chipotle Sauce
Serves 4
A spicy chipotle sauce perfect for grilled burgers or dipping veggies.
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Prep Time
2 min
Total Time
2 min
Prep Time
2 min
Total Time
2 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 Tbsp. mayonaise
  2. 1 Tbsp. ketchup
  3. 1/8 Tsp. cumin
  4. 1/8 Tsp. paprika
  5. 1/8 Tsp. chipotle chili powder
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, combine ingredients and mix until the consistency is the same throughout. Use as a dipping sauce for veggies or as a topping for burgers.
Notes
  1. I haven't tried making this with Greek yogurt in place of mayonnaise, but I imagine it would work as a healthier substitution.
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 Together these burgers and sauce make for one seriously full-flavored mouthful πŸ˜‰

Thoughts??
Favorite protein for grilling?
What condiment is a must for you on a burger?

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Jessie July 16, 2014 at 7:13 am

Now I don’t usually use fresh herbs when cooking, but these just sound full of flavor. I think I may have to pick some up this upcoming week. Great recipe, girl!

Her Happy Balance July 16, 2014 at 3:32 pm

Thank you, Jessie! πŸ™‚ Let me know if you get a chance to try them out!

Chelsea @ A Fit LittleOne July 16, 2014 at 10:19 am

These look super good! And well, if we’re being completely honest here, I love sausage. I would eat it every day every meal if I could. But otherwise, turkey is my favorite :). And I love me some mayo mixed with ketchup on my burger, yum :P.

Her Happy Balance July 16, 2014 at 3:33 pm

Thanks, Chelsea! πŸ˜‰ Sausage is delicious too, so I don’t blame you. Are you a pepperoni fan? If so, I think the turkey pepperoni is actually really delicious.

Divya @ Eat. Teach. Blog. July 16, 2014 at 12:17 pm

Yum – sounds delicious! πŸ™‚ I’m a fan of turkey burgs!

Her Happy Balance July 16, 2014 at 3:33 pm

Thank you, Divya! And thanks for stopping by my blog…I’m heading over to check yours out now!

Stacie@SimplySouthernStacie July 16, 2014 at 2:42 pm

I love how fresh these burgers look! You can see the actual onions and basil. Yum!

Her Happy Balance July 16, 2014 at 3:34 pm

Stacie you make the inner chef in me so happy πŸ™‚ Those chunks of onion and herbs definitely help keep them moist, IMHO.

Stephanie @ My Freckled Life July 16, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Yummm, this sounds delicious! Since I don’t eat red meat, I’m all about turkey burgers, but I tend to get sick of making them the same way over and over again. I love the addition of the curry powder! I’m definitely going to have to check it out!

Her Happy Balance July 16, 2014 at 3:35 pm

I really enjoy red meat occasionally, but I try to stick to mostly fish and white meat. Let me know if you give these burgers a try, Stephanie πŸ™‚

GiGi Eats July 16, 2014 at 4:41 pm

Wow these look EPIC!! πŸ™‚

jill conyers July 16, 2014 at 6:24 pm

If I miss anything being a vegetarian it’s turkey burgers! Your recipe looks delicious!

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