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Garden Turkey Burgers

These moist burgers get plenty of color and flavor from onion, zucchini and red pepper. I often make the mixture ahead of time and put it in the refrigerator. Later, after helping my husband with farm chores, I can put the burgers on the grill while whipping up a salad or side dish. —Sandy Kitzmiller, Unityville, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped sweet red or green pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded zucchini
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, optional
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 6 whole wheat hamburger buns, split and toasted


  • In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Crumble turkey over mixture and mix well. Shape into six 1/2-in.-thick patties.
  • Moisten a paper towel with cooking oil; using long-handled tongs, rub on grill rack to coat lightly. Grill burgers, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 4-6 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 165° and juices run clear. Serve on buns.
    Freeze option: Place patties on a plastic wrap-lined baking sheet; wrap and freeze until firm. Remove from pan and transfer to a resealable plastic freezer bag; return to freezer. To use, grill frozen patties as directed, increasing time as necessary for a thermometer to read 165°.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 188 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 60mg cholesterol, 201mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 16g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1 starch.
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  • klabelle9
    May 7, 2019

    Excellent flavor but they did fall apart. Egg would help on a grill but baking it at 350 for 30 mins turned out great too.

  • AnnKup
    Jul 11, 2016

    Flavor was great, but they tended to fall apart on the grill. I'm wondering if an egg would have helped bind them better, or I will try cooking them on a pan or griddle.

  • cooktocook
    Jul 16, 2015

    Very surprised how these burgers had great flavor, stayed moist, and didn't shrink when I made these today. Pan fried them. Used a 1/2 cup scoop and got 7 large burgers. A keeper!

  • nancyinwi
    Apr 9, 2015

    My husband and I loved these turkey burgers. I put less than half of the red pepper that was called for and it was more than enough. It made 5 HUGE burgers, so we have 3 leftover. Made them on the gas grill. Very flavorful and not dry like ground turkey sometimes can be.

  • afoth73
    Apr 23, 2014

    I made these for dinner tonight and my family LOVED them!! I diced all the veggies very fine to trick my 7 year old and it worked!! I also used green onions just as a personal preference and they were amazing that way! I thought they would turn out dry as I watched them cook but were very juicy! I cooked them on a flat top griddle instead of the grill. I will definitely make these again very soon!

  • Mark9199
    Jan 25, 2014

    These were good! I doubled the recipe and froze the extras. Quick, healthy and easy. Great recipe!

  • lbroadh2o
    Oct 23, 2013

    These were moist and tasty. I subsituted half carrots for half of the amount of green peppers. Even if you're a vegetable eater this is a quick way to get your vegetables. I served them on flat out breads. I will definitely make these again.

  • Ekkie1
    Jun 5, 2013

    Delicious, fragrant, family-pleasers, these burgers are extraordinary. 4 generations of family - including absurdly picky eaters, deathwish dieters and crabbly in-laws - all raved. Try it as written before 'improving' the recipe.

  • jesboc
    May 29, 2013

    Good taste

  • robisonh
    May 24, 2013

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