In this healthy turkey burger recipe, lean ground turkey stands in for ground beef, and mushrooms are added to produce a thick and uncommonly juicy, flavorful turkey burger. An easy, lightened mayo sauce provides the perfect accent. Source: EatingWell Magazine, Summer 2002

Beth-Ann Bove
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Ingredients

Directions

  • To prepare burgers: Place bread in a food processor and pulse into fine crumbs. Transfer to a large bowl. Pulse mushrooms in the food processor until finely chopped.

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  • Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic and the mushrooms; cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and liquid has evaporated, about 10 minutes. Add to breadcrumbs and let cool completely, 15 to 20 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, prepare mayonnaise: Combine sour cream, mayonnaise, scallions, lemon zest, lemon juice, pinch of salt and pepper in a small bowl; whisk until blended.

  • Preheat grill to medium-high.

  • Add ground turkey, egg, dill, mustard, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper to the mushroom mixture; mix well with a potato masher. With dampened hands, form the mixture into 6 patties, 1/2 inch thick, using about 1/8 cup for each.

  • Oil the grill rack (see Tips). Brush the patties with the remaining 1 teaspoon oil. Grill until no longer pink in the center, about 5 minutes per side. (An instant-read thermometer inserted in the center should register 165 degrees F.) Meanwhile, split buns and toast on the grill for 30 to 60 seconds. Serve burgers on buns with the mayonnaise, lettuce and tomato.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Prepare patties through Step 5. Wrap individually and refrigerate for up to 8 hours or freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before cooking. Cover and refrigerate mayonnaise (Step 3) for up to 2 days.

Check labels carefully and select ground turkey breast. Regular ground turkey, which is a mixture of dark and white meat, has a higher fat content (similar to that of lean ground beef).

Oiling a grill rack before you grill foods helps ensure that the food won't stick. Oil a folded paper towel, hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack. (Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill.) When grilling delicate foods like tofu and fish, it is helpful to coat the food with cooking spray.

Storage smarts: For long-term freezer storage, wrap your food in a layer of plastic wrap followed by a layer of foil. The plastic will help prevent freezer burn while the foil will help keep off-odors from seeping into the food.

Nutrition Facts

322 calories; 11.6 g total fat; 77 mg cholesterol; 661 mg sodium. 33.3 g carbohydrates; 22.7 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (19)

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19 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 18
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
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Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2017
This is the best turkey burger recipe I have tried. My 3 young boys said gross! Turkey burgers! but after the first taste they were snarfed up quickly and there were no leftovers for mom. Bummer! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/25/2016
This is a great change for the ordinary turkey burger. I am not a beef eater and regular turkey burgers are boring. This is now my favorite and will become my go to burger. Really moist and great flavor. Thanks for this recipe. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
09/10/2013
Better-than-Beef Burger!!! Only thing I did differently was add one red bell pepper so delicious! Not a turkey burger fan and I thought these were better than beef burgers. Made on charcoal Weber grill 5 minutes first side 3 minutes second perfection a must try healthy alternative. Pros: Moist flavorful holds together well. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/27/2013
Amazing recipe!! Everything about this recipe was amazing! Didn't have dill so I used scallions instead. I also substituted the sour cream with Greek yogurt and it worked out well!! I will definitely make this again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/19/2013
Winning recipe for a flavourful burger These burgers are wonderful...I couldn't eat just one! It being the dead of winter here I decided to pan fry the patties instead of grilling them; they were great. I tried the Lemon Scallion mayonnaise and was impressed by how well it worked with the burgers. I added only lettuce and tomato and had what tasted like gourmet fare. Once summer comes and I am ready to throw the cover off the barbecue I will try this recipe again. Pros: Mushrooms add both flavour and moisture Cons: A little time consuming to prepare Read More
Rating: 4 stars
08/04/2012
Delicious! Although time consuming these burgers are great - full of flavour definitely will make them again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/06/2012
We didn't have fresh dill so I used 1 tablespoon of dried and we used a whole grain hotdog bun to create the bread crumbs because I had one that needed to be used. We left out the mustard by accident and I broiled them in the oven... but in the end it all turned out awesome! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2011
So moist and tasty! I used bread crumbs and didn't use the mayo mixture and they were so good! My Husband said the house smells like a restaurant. Pros: Moist great flavor easly to make Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/11/2011
Delicious! husband and I really really liked this recipe. The only minor change I made to the recipe was substituting Greek yogurt for the sour cream in the sauce. We will definitely make this again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
I used a quarter cup bread crumbs instead of the torn bread slices. I left off the mayonnaise but added a small piece of havarti dill cheese a minute before it was done cooking. Hungryhippo Portland OR Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
My husband is not the type to eat ground turkey but these were so moist and full of flavor he ate two! I served with grilled sweet potato slabs. Dee Live Oak CA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
Very tasty easy to make. I have two in the freezer to have again later. Anonymous FL Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
Was in a hurry and forgot to saute the mushrooms... Made these in a fry pan as no grill was available. I was thinking this would make a tasty meatloaf. Rachele Brooklyn NY Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
This was very good. Even my healthy-food-hating boyfriend thought it was great! Easy to make too. Definitely a keeper! I made the burger only not the mayo. Valerie Sugar Land TX Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Loved it and the mayo too! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I made these burgers this week. This was my first attempt at a turkey burger- and I admit this version was MOIST. But it still lacked flavor to me..... The mayo was overpowered by lemon. I ended up using a mustard on the burger and added some sauted onions/mushrooms/ bellpepper to give flavor. Overall it got "worth a repeat" from my guests but I was disappointed. Not bad... just not great. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
fabulous. I have always hated ground turkey. This is delicious. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This is a great recipe. It's moist and very tasty! I made it once and found myself craving it again. 2 thumbs for this guy! Our family enjoys this alternative to beef! Thanks Nelson from Lancaster California Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Yes....FINALLY moist Turkey burgers! I made these last night for memorial day. I have spent a lot of time trying to find a ground turkey breast burger recipe that didn't come out like a hockey puck. These were awesome! The mushrooms and onions and that hint of dill worked perfectly. These were great as true burgers on a bun or just by themselves. Keeper? OH YES! Read More