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.

Beth-Ann Bove
Source: EatingWell Magazine, Summer 2002

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Recipe Summary

total:
1 hr 10 mins
Servings:
6
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 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; protein 22.7g; carbohydrates 33.3g; dietary fiber 5g; sugars 6.5g; fat 11.6g; saturated fat 2.5g; cholesterol 76.6mg; vitamin a iu 810.8IU; vitamin c 6.4mg; folate 44.8mcg; calcium 93.2mg; iron 3mg; magnesium 54.9mg; potassium 563.8mg; sodium 660.7mg; thiamin 0.2mg; added sugar 1g.
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Reviews (19)

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19 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 18
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
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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
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
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
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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
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
10/30/2011
Loved it and the mayo too! Read More
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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
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
10/30/2011
fabulous. I have always hated ground turkey. This is delicious. Read More
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