Italian Turkey Burgers Recipe
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Italian Turkey Burgers Recipe

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Seasoned with oregano and Parmesan cheese, these plump burgers are a delicious change-of-pace entree. I like to serve them on crusty Italian bread with warmed spaghetti sauce, but you can also use hamburger buns. -Mary Tallman, Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1/4 cup canned crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 8 slices Italian bread, toasted
  • 1/2 cup meatless spaghetti sauce, warmed

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 306 calories, 12g fat (3g saturated fat), 92mg cholesterol, 680mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 2g fiber), 25g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 3 lean meat, 1 fat.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Crumble turkey over mixture and mix well. Shape into four 3/4-in.-thick oval-shape patties.
  2. Using long-handled tongs, moisten a paper towel with cooking oil and lightly coat the grill rack. Grill patties, uncovered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 6-8 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer reaches 165° and juices run clear.
  3. Place a patty on each of four slices of bread. Drizzle with spaghetti sauce; top with remaining bread. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Italian Turkey Burgers in Taste of Home June/July 2003, p29

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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mominthekitchen 87517
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2012

"I have been using this recipe for years, but I shape the meat into meatballs and bake in the oven. Makes a great turkey meatball sub."

cctp1016 135201
Reviewed May. 1, 2011

"The burgers tasted good and I topped them with diced tomatoes and mozzarella cheese instead. But the patties seemed very wet. I did add breadcrumbs which didn't seem to help. I would make these again and cook them on either a George Foreman grill or in the oven, not an outside grill. The patties seemed to fall apart."

redluver 93697
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2011

"These are fantastic!! I made them on my George Foreman contact grill. I served them on garlic toast. Sadly, I didn't have any mozzarella cheese on hand to slice; I think mozzarella on top would make them even better (not that they're not great as is)."

affinity759 205581
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2011

"I'm trying to avoid breads, so I just made the patties and warmed up some canned mushrooms with the spaghetti sauce. I even used EXTRA LEAN ground turkey and the spaghetti sauce kept it moist while the seasoning gave it great flavor. I am going to make this one of my healthy staples. thanks"

Anastasia_Kiku 128676
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2010

"These were great! I made garlic cheese toast by broiling sandwich thins in the oven, and used them as the bread to make it a little lighter."

aimer629 205580
Reviewed Apr. 10, 2010

"we topped our burgers with fresh mushrooms sauted with garlic powder, butter and italian seasoning."

chefleslie 129822
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2010

"I added a little bit of mozzerella cheese melted on the patties. I didn't have garlic bread so I brushed a little butter and garlic on the buns and toasted them- very yummy!"

daisey5 89010
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2010

"I used Italian seasining instead of the oregano and whole wheat buns instead of Italian bread."

urangel4always 139592
Reviewed May. 15, 2009

"These are great served on a toasted English Muffin...we LOVE em!"

catwoman12 44096
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2008

"Thankyou for posting this recipe as I just bought some ground turkey to try it out!!  So, now I have this recipe and one for turkey taco soup!!  I am trying to get away from using red meat so much.  Big Smile"

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