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Vermont Burgers

Make your crowd happy by offering options: garlic-and- sage-infused turkey burgers and a classic version made with grass-fed beef. Store-bought pickles are great as a garnish.

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  • Yield: Makes 20 (10 turkey, 10 beef)
Vermont Burgers

Source: Martha Stewart Living, June 2010


For the Turkey Burgers

  • 1 pound ground white-meat turkey
  • 1 pound ground dark-meat turkey
  • 1/2 cup fromage blanc or pureed ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh sage
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing

For the Beef Burgers

  • 2 pounds ground beef, preferably grass-fed
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

For Grilling

  • Vegetable oil, for brushing

For Serving


  1. For the turkey burgers: Arrange 10 (4-inch) parchment squares on a tray. Gently mix together turkey, cheese, parsley, sage, garlic, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper. Shape meat into 10 (3-ounce) patties (3 1/2 inches in diameter and 1/2 inch thick). Transfer patties to parchment.

  2. For the beef burgers: Shape meat into 10 patties (see turkey burger instructions above).

  3. Refrigerate patties for at least 1 hour.

  4. Heat grill to medium-high; brush grates with vegetable oil.

  5. Cook the turkey burgers: Brush tops with olive oil. Flip burgers onto grill, peeling off paper. Grill for 3 minutes. Brush tops with olive oil. Flip, and grill until cooked through, about 2 minutes more.

  6. Cook the beef burgers: Season burgers with salt and pepper. Grill for 4 minutes. Flip, and grill until cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes more (6 minutes total for medium-rare, 7 minutes total for medium).

  7. To serve burgers: Brush buns with butter, and grill until browning around edges, about 30 seconds. Sandwich burgers between buns, garnished with desired toppings.

Reviews (2)

  • c1pnr 29 Jun, 2011

    You probably already know this, but on my page both the Special Sauce and the Beer-Onion Mustard were links to the respective recipes on this site.

  • sharonkaym 4 Mar, 2011

    Where is the recipe for the "Special (or secret) sauce"? LOVE the show and these turkey burgers ROCK! I'm just anxious to try the sauce with them.

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