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Zesty Turkey Burgers Recipe

Zesty Turkey Burgers Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

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: 3 lean meat, 2 starch.

Reviews for Zesty Turkey Burgers

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tangomango User ID: 5621414 130688
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2014


lambiepie711 User ID: 6230880 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 User ID: 1762141 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 User ID: 5009498 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 User ID: 2115534 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 User ID: 3872239 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 User ID: 4112103 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 User ID: 4168492 209099
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2009

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

Smileysteff219 User ID: 1550016 98646
Reviewed May. 26, 2009

"These were delicious!"

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Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

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