Turkey-Cheddar Burgers


Ground dark turkey meat has a more bold flavor than its white meat counterpart and is ready to stand up to sharp cheddar in these deliciously classic cheeseburgers with a twist.


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, plus more for grilling

  • 1 medium sweet onion, such as Vidalia, diced small

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 pounds ground dark turkey

  • 3 tablespoons plain dried breadcrumbs

  • 2 tablespoons grainy mustard

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley

  • Salt and pepper

  • 8 slices sharp cheddar (8 ounces)

  • 8 hamburger buns

  • Toppings, such as mayonnaise, mustard, tomato, and lettuce (optional)

  • Vegetable oil


  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Add onion and saute until translucent, 6 to 7 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Transfer to a medium bowl and add turkey, breadcrumbs, mustard, and parsley. Gently mix until combined and form into 8 thin patties.

  2. Heat a grill or grill pan to medium-high. Clean and lightly oil hot grill. Season patties with salt and pepper, then brush with oil. Grill, covered, until cooked through, about 4 minutes per side; during last minute of cooking, top each burger with cheese and cover grill. Serve burgers on buns with desired toppings.

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