Zesty Turkey Burgers Recipe
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Zesty Turkey Burgers Recipe

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My husband and I were watching our weight last summer and we found that this recipe was really easy to make. And it's delicious! -Louise Gilbert of Quesnel, British Columbia
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1/3 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 4 lettuce leaves
  • 4 hamburger buns, split

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 355 calories, 12g fat (3g saturated fat), 90mg cholesterol, 746mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 2g fiber), 25g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 3 lean meat.


  1. In a small bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Transfer half of the mixture to a large bowl; stir in oats. Set remaining ketchup mixture aside for basting. Crumble turkey over oat mixture and mix well. Shape into four patties.
  2. Using long-handled tongs, moisten a paper towel with cooking oil and lightly coat the grill rack. Grill patties, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 5-7 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer reads 165° and juices run clear, basting occasionally with ketchup mixture. Serve on lettuce-lined buns. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Zesty Turkey Burgers in Light & Tasty August/September 2007, p39

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

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

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tangomango 130688
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2014


lambiepie711 97066
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2012

"Delish! I loved them. I was planning to grill them, but the patties seemed so moist that I was afraid to do so. I broiled them instead, and they turned out great!"

lazyjcafe 171557
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2011

"I made this exactly as written except I had 20 oz of ground turkey instead of 16. I found the burgers to be very moist and flavorful, but I think the moisture from all the ingredients made the burgers not hold together well. I will make again, but cut back on the wet ingredients a bit. Very delicious burger!"

sherry_vinigrette 153250
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2011

"These turkey burgers were sooo good, we just made them for lunch today! Since the turkey I bought was quite lean, we made sure to oil the grill very well and had absolutely no problems with sticking. I also added a teaspoon of salt and upped the red pepper flakes to 1/2 teaspoon plus an additional clove of garlic because we like it spicy. LOVED the grill flavor!"

lafleur 106888
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2011

"The worst recipe I have ever tried from this site. No flavor whatsoever, stuck horribly to the grill. Will never even consider making again,"

raceywlf 98706
Reviewed May. 30, 2011

"made these awhile ago, husband doesn't

like turkey, so I froze what I couldn't eat, using release aluminum foil, loved them, thanks, this is the only turkey burger I ever tried. but I was satisfied, thanks again."

mlb71 169291
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2010

"To make this healthier I use extra lean ground white turkey, it cuts the calories in half. We are on Weight Watchers and this is only 3pts, and is very good..."

amanda6500 209099
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2009

"Very tasty, my family and I love these burgers!"

Smileysteff219 98646
Reviewed May. 26, 2009

"These were delicious!"

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