Low Calorie & Kid Friendly Recipe: Tasty Turkey Burgers

January 21, 2010 at 12:00 pm Leave a comment

Burgers are a family favorite but they do carry with them their fair share of calories and fat. When I want to give my family a healthier alternative to the trusty burger, I turn to turkey as a beef substitute. Turkey works beautifully in burgers, just like it does in meatloaf, with the help of some bread crumbs to hold the patties together. I like to serve my turkey burgers on whole wheat buns with oven fries on the side and everyone’s favorite fresh fixin’s.

Recipe: Tasty Turkey Burgers


  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Serves: 4
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes


  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 Tbsp. seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp. finely diced onion
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • Cooking spray


  1. Add all of the ingredients except for the cooking spray to a large bowl. Use clean hands to gently combine them.
  2. Form the mixture into 4 equally sized patties.
  3. Heat a medium skillet or grill pan over medium heat. Coat with cooking spray.
  4. Cook the patties over medium heat, turning once, to an internal temperature of 180 degrees, about 5 minutes per side.
  5. Remove the burgers from the pan and let rest for 1-2 minutes.
  6. Serve on hamburger buns with all of your favorite toppings.

Tips, Tricks, and Tweaks

  • For a beefier flavor, add a few drops of hickory seasoning liquid smoke, a few drops of Worcestershire sauce, and a teaspoon of soy sauce to the turkey mix.
  • Instead of dicing the onion, finely shred it on a box grater. You’ll get all of the onion flavor without the onion texture, in case your kids (or you) don’t like the crunch of an onion inside the patty.
  • Make 12 small patties instead of four from the mixture and serve these up as sliders.

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