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Italian Turkey Burgers Recipe

Italian Turkey Burgers Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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 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.

Nutritional 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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mominthekitchen User ID: 2931682 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 User ID: 1672997 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 User ID: 1343016 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 User ID: 1927208 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 User ID: 5476709 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 User ID: 4002498 205580
Reviewed Apr. 10, 2010

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

chefleslie User ID: 2149582 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 User ID: 146806 89010
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2010

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

urangel4always User ID: 4154220 139592
Reviewed May. 15, 2009

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

catwoman12 User ID: 443667 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.  "

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