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Our Favorite Turkey Burger Recipe

Burgers are an American classic -- and they don't have to be made from just beef anymore. With our favorite turkey burger recipe, you can mix it up and get grilling in just two easy steps. Make it personal by piling high your choice of toppings.

  • prep: 10 mins
    total time: 35 mins
  • servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey (93 percent lean)
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Gruyere cheese
  • 4 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup dried breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper

For Grates

  • Oil

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Heat grill to high. In a medium bowl, use a fork to gently combine ground turkey with Gruyere, scallions, breadcrumbs, mustard, and garlic; season generously with salt and pepper. Gently form mixture into four 1-inch-thick patties.

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  2. Step 2

    Lightly oil grill. Place patties on hottest part of grill; sear until browned, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Move patties to cooler part of grill; continue grilling until cooked through, 5 to 10 minutes per side.

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Source
Everyday Food, May/June 2003

Reviews (32)

  • 6 Jul, 2014

    Easy to make, moist and full of favor. Served the burgers on a brioche bun with a slice of tomato and bib lettuce. Great recipe!

  • 20 Jun, 2014

    Very easy to implement recipe. Had all ingredients except Gruyere used Parmesan. I used my outdoor grill with a pizza stone on half the grates and started out the patties on the pizza stone to get them a little more "solid." Worked out very well. Kept the lid closed most of the time, I'd say a combined ten minutes of grate/stone cooking. Very, very tasty burger. Will tweak this for meatballs. Five Nods

  • 26 May, 2014

    Love this recipe, it is my "go to" burger. I've used Asiago instead of Gruyere, also gives it a nice flavour.

  • 12 Apr, 2014

    Great recipe! I've made it twice, once as burgers and once as meatballs. Both times they came out mouthwateringly perfect. They are so flavourful that they can be eaten without condiments!

  • 19 Mar, 2014

    Yum! There is something about scallions and swiss cheeses that just compliment one another so well. Was on the look out for a great Turkey Burger recipe for years….I am glad we finally found one another!

  • 22 Oct, 2013

    Love this recipe! Tonight I will add Herbes de Provence and substitute shallots for the scallions.

  • 10 Mar, 2013

    This is my favorite turkey burger to make
    of many recipes I've tried!

  • 1 Sep, 2012

    This has been my go-to turkey burger recipe for years! Always, always a hit, even for guests who prefer beef burgers. Its the grated cheese that makes this extra special and moist. If you dont like Gruyere, use Swiss. Also, I substitute the garlic for two teaspoons Herbes de Provance.

  • 31 Aug, 2012

    This is a new favorite. They are a healthy but still totally delicious alternative burger.

  • 28 Aug, 2012

    I made these using my "old school" George Foreman grill. Very good.

  • 5 Aug, 2011

    This is an absolutely wonderful recipe. I use it all the time; and people always ask me for the recipe. I double the recipe, and freeze individual patties for use throughout the month.
    Highly recommend using the gruyere cheese; it is so worth it.

  • 6 Aug, 2010

    These burgers were so moist and delicious! I toppped them with avocado and arugula.

  • 3 Aug, 2010

    Looks like grilled zucchini,onion,red pepper and pickles.

  • 29 Jul, 2010

    I'm wondering what the garnishes on the burger in the photo. It looks like roasted poblano or something.

  • 29 Jul, 2010

    this truly is the best turkey burger I have ever eaten. Sometimes I substitute the gruyere for monterrey jack or pepper-jack, or whatever I have on hand.

  • 29 Jul, 2010

    Excellent burger - flavorful and moist. Even my DH who has spurned turkey burgers liked this one!

  • 29 Jul, 2010

    I have been using ground chicken, instead of turkey, less expensive,( daughter does not care for turkey) and better taste. Use same recipes, really quite good.

  • 25 Jul, 2010

    I've been looking for a turkey burger that didn't have that weird kinda gamey taste--and I found it! These are wonderful--thank you, Martha!

  • 21 Jun, 2010

    Great as-IS....if you added ranch dressing, bacon and guacamole, you didn't even make this burger..ARGH!

  • 22 May, 2010

    This is the best turkey burger I have ever had!!! My family loves it too! I always use panko crumbs and ground turkey breast and it turns out great. If I'm out of gruyere cheese, I just leave it out and that works too.

  • 22 May, 2010

    This is the best turkey burger I have ever had!!! My family loves it too! I always use panko crumbs and ground turkey breast and it turns out great. If I'm out of gruyere cheese, I just leave it out and that works too.

  • 6 May, 2010

    I have tried so many turkey burger recipe and I found my favorite one. I didn't have Gruyere so I used Gorgonzola. I also used Panko bread crumbs-delish!!!

  • 8 Jul, 2009

    "Where's the beef?" WHO CARES!!!! This is the best burger all around. Tasty and juicy and absolutely amazing! Try it and you will love it!

  • 23 May, 2009

    This is definitely my favorite turkey burger, people love it!

  • 28 Feb, 2009

    This is the turkey burger recipe that I keep coming back to. It's definitely a keeper!

  • 2 Oct, 2008

    I LOVE these. They are REALLY yummy with reduced fat blue cheese!!

  • 11 Jun, 2008

    I usually make my turkey burgers with turkey stuffing, finely chopped onoins, and salt

  • 10 Jun, 2008

    This great, quick and easy recipe is almost the same as my French beef burgers that I used to preparing for years topped with sauteed mushrooms, served without bun and extra Dijon mustard on the side. But using ground turkey au lieu of beef is just as delicious. Thanks Martha for bringing back one of my favorite recipe and turning it healthier! Meme

  • 10 Jun, 2008

    These are awesome. I have also made them in to mini as apps and served on mini brioche. Note, don't over-cook!

  • 10 Jun, 2008

    I like to use low fat shredded cheese, crumbled bacon and add a packet of Hidden Valley fat free ranch powdered dressing to the turkey breast. Then I top it with guacamole instead of ketchup. You could also top with BBQ sauce for nice alternative. Make extras, wrap individually in plastic wrap and foil, then freeze. You can microwave them after you have already grilled them and don't lose any of the flavor.

  • 10 Jun, 2008

    I like to use low fat shredded cheese, crumbled bacon and add a packet of Hidden Valley fat free ranch powdered dressing to the turkey breast. Then I top it with guacamole instead of ketchup. You could also top with BBQ sauce for nice alternative. Make extras, wrap individually in plastic wrap and foil, then freeze. You can microwave them after you have already grilled them and don't lose any of the flavor.

  • 4 Jun, 2008

    I made this burger and it was so tasty but I'm not picky. On the other hand my family is super pick and everyone loved it and I'll be puting this one in the rotaion. Nice health alternative to burgers.