5 Ingredients: Mix-and-Match Turkey Burgers

by in 5-Ingredient Recipes, April 4, 2011
Sun Dried Tomato Olive Turkey Burger
Sun-Dried Tomato and Olive Turkey Burger

The trick to delicious turkey burgers is keeping them tender and juicy. Since the meat doesn’t contain much fat (and therefore, not much flavor) you need to combine it with a few simple add-ins to give things a boost.  We dreamed up 5 flavorful mix-ins for the turkey burgers, each with 5 ingredients or less!

Mix-and-Match Turkey Burgers
Start with 1-pound of ground turkey breast (make sure it’s breast meat and not the higher-fat “ground turkey”) along with some salt and pepper. Try any of the 5 options below and serve on a whole-grain English muffin.

Yield: 4 burgers per pound of turkey meat

Option 1 (pictured above): Sun-dried tomato and black olives (1/4 cup of each, finely chopped)
Toppings: Goat cheese (1/2 oz per serving) and fresh arugula
Calories per serving: 324; Fat: 8 grams

Mango Chutney Turkey Burgers
Turkey Burgers With Mango Chutney

Option 2: Mango chutney (1/2 cup)
Toppings: Baby Spinach & mayonnaise (1 teaspoon per serving)
Calories per serving: 340; Fat: 7 grams

Turkey Burgers With Balsamic Onions
Turkey Burgers With Balsamic Onions

Option 3: Balsamic onions*
(*1/2 cup chopped red onions sautéed with 2 teaspoons of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar – cool before adding to meat)
Toppings: Provolone cheese (1 slice per serving) and sliced tomato
Calories per serving: 370; Fat: 10 grams

Turkey Burgers With BBQ Sauce and Bell Peppers
Bell Pepper-BBQ Turkey Burgers

Option 4: BBQ sauce and chopped bell pepper (1/2 cup each)
Toppings: Cheddar cheese (1 slice per serving) and mixed greens
Calories per serving: 362; Fat: 12 grams

Turkey Burgers With Black Beans and Cilantro
Turkey Burgers With Black Beans and Cilantro

Option 5: Black bean & chopped cilantro (½ cup each)
Toppings: Sliced avocado
Calories per serving: 270; Fat: 3.5 grams

Directions:
Preheat grill or grill pan to medium-high. Combine turkey meat and desired ingredients; season with salt and pepper and mix gently to combine. Form into 4 equal sized burgers and grill for 5 to 6 minutes per side. Serve on toasted whole-grain English muffins with desired toppings.

TELL US: What’s your favorite turkey burger recipe?

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. See Dana’s full bio »

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