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Italian Turkey Burgers

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


  • 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


  • In a large bowl, combine the first 6 ingredients. Crumble turkey over mixture and mix well. Shape into four 3/4-in.-thick oval-shaped patties.
  • Grill patties on an oiled rack, uncovered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat on each side until a thermometer reaches 165° and juices run clear, 6-8 minutes.
  • Place a patty on each of 4 slices of bread. Drizzle with spaghetti sauce; top with remaining bread.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 306 calories, 12g fat (3g saturated fat), 92mg cholesterol, 680mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 2g fiber), 25g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.

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  • RaOwBe
    Jul 10, 2013

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  • mominthekitchen
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    Apr 10, 2010

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

  • chefleslie
    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
    Feb 1, 2010

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

  • Liz21078
    Jan 27, 2010

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