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Juicy Turkey Burgers

Juicy Turkey Burgers

At around 11:30pm last night, there were some loud ‘SQUAAAWWWWKKKs’  followed by a few ‘BUGGGGOOOOQQQUUIIITTTTs’ outside our bedroom window.

Chris turns to me, slowly, asking, “Was that just me, or did that sound like two TURKEYS fighting outside our window?!”

I immediately ran outside in my pajamas, bunny slippers on feet, curlers in hair, cigarette in mouth, holding an enormously large butcher knife in hand, looking for those turkeys.

And now I’m giving you a recipe on juicy, delicious turkey burgers.

Just kidding! I don’t smoke, wear slippers, or wear curlers in my hair. But we did hear wild turkeys outside last night.

And NO, I did NOT butcher those wild turkeys outside our window. I would’ve went out there in my pajamas, a butcher knife in hand, to catch my early Thanksgiving dinner, had it not looked trashy to do so. Trashy or downright dangerous. But the turkey I’m using came from the grocery store. A safe alternative to butchering a turkey outside your bedroom window while your neighbors called the cops on a crazy lady with a butcher knife.

Juicy and Flavorful Turkey Burgers

September 18, 2009
: 4
: easy


  • • 1 lb. ground turkey (whichever way you may choose to buy/hunt it)
  • • 1/4 cup minced green peppers
  • • 1/4 cup minced onions
  • • 1 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • • sprinkle of pepper
  • • 4 burger buns
  • • lettuce
  • • tomato
  • • 4 oz. shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • Mayonnaise:
  • • 3 Tbsp. mayonnaise
  • • 1 Tbsp. minced chives
  • • 1 1/2 tsp. spicy mustard
  • • 1/4 wedge lemon, juiced
  • • salt and pepper to taste
  • Step 1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine first 7 ingredients on the list. Form into 4 patties, place on baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, flipping over once after 15 minutes. Add cheese onto patties a couple minutes before taking out of the oven. OR, if you would prefer to grill the burgers, please do so.
  • Step 2 Combine mayonnaise ingredients together. Spread on rolls. Add turkey patty, lettuce, tomato and serve.



Are you guys all wondering why the heck we have wild turkeys outside our bedroom window?

Did I not explain that one to you?

In Rochester, NY, we actually have lots of wild turkeys roaming the fields. I’m. Not. Kidding. You. We see wild turkey gangs everywhere, clustered along the shoulder of the highway, in someone’s backyard, outside of a certain blogger’s bedroom window. They’re just minding their own business, like the rest of us.


By the way, minced peppers and onions keep the meat incredibly moist in this recipe. Try it with ground beef, ground chicken, ground burgers of any kind. The chili powder gives the meat that extra little kick, too.


I wanted to flavor the mayo with stuff that would complement the turkey. A great combination is mayo and spicy mustard.


Since the peppers and onions will add a lot of excess moisture to the turkey, I added some breadcrumbs to soak it up.




And there you have juicy, tender, flavorful turkey burgers.

10 thoughts on “Juicy Turkey Burgers”

  • You know what? Your post made me realize that I’ve never had a turkey burger in my life. Isn’t that crazy? i think I have to do something about that pronto!

  • Yes you must try a turkey burger Chiara! They always never sound as good as a real burger, probably because it doesn’t have as much flavor as beef, usually it’s more subtle. That’s why it’s fun to flavor the heck outta it.

    Jen – Go for it!

    p.s. another thing I forgot to mention is you can make these into meatballs if you don’t want burgers. They taste great with pasta and sauce.

  • I’ve only made turkey burgers once and I wasn’t crazy about them, but these.. oh yeah, I’m totally makin these! I’ve seen wild turkeys here while out on a hiking trail. Talk about..strange.

    I totally want to buy slippers, curlers and a fake ciggie to walk the dog up the street. What a great way to meet our neighbors!

  • OMG! I made these burgers last night and they were AMAZING! My husband, who prefers red meat 90% of the time (trying to steer him away from that) said that he would choose these over a regular hamburger any day.

    We did make a few substitutions simply because that was what we had on hand… we used red bell peppers instead of green peppers, red onions and threw in a couple cloves of garlic just for kicks.

    Thanks for this awesome recipe… I will definitely be using it again! 🙂

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