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Juicy Turkey Burgers

My husband enjoys these grilled turkey burgers with their herb flavor and garden-fresh garnish. They make an ideal summer sandwich or in-hand meal for when we're on the run. —Trina Hopsecger, Elkhart, Indiana
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 medium apple, peeled and finely shredded
  • 1/2 cup cooked brown rice
  • 2 tablespoons grated onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons rubbed sage
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 6 whole wheat hamburger buns, split
  • 6 lettuce leaves
  • 6 tomato slices


  • In a large bowl, combine the first 10 ingredients. Crumble turkey over mixture and mix well. Shape into six 1/2-in.-thick patties.
  • Lightly grease grill rack. Prepare grill for indirect heat.
  • Grill burgers, covered, over indirect medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 6-7 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 165° and juices run clear. Sprinkle with parsley. Serve on buns with lettuce and tomato.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 265 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 60mg cholesterol, 663mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 3g fiber), 18g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 lean meat.

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  • MichaelVyskocil
    Jun 29, 2013

    These were a great take on the traditional beef burgers. If you'd like to really spice these up, you could add some Jamaican jerk seasoning or, for a Maryland touch, some Chesapeake Bay seasoning to the ground turkey mixture.

  • maesot
    Sep 26, 2012

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  • TammyTest
    Aug 2, 2012

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  • chin-chilla
    Aug 2, 2012

    Really enjoyed the flavor of these burgers. I didn't think the family would care for the apple but they loved it!

  • Summy
    Jul 30, 2012

    I am going to make this recipe. It sounds delicious. I think, after reading the reviews, I will mix everything up, and let it sit in the refrigerator for an hour or two. I think letting it sit will draw out more flavor from the seasonings.

  • mother of 3
    Jun 4, 2012

    My hubby said, "This is actually good!" after claiming he didn't like turkey burgers upon seeing them in the pan. I substituted onion & garlic powder, omitted the apple, brown rice, thyme, buns, lettuce & tomato, but increased the sage. I crushed whole allspice, sprinkling it in the bowl. I cooked them in a frying pan on the stove.

  • LibbiPeach
    Jun 17, 2011

    I was a little leary of cooking it over indirect heat but they came out fine. My husband however vetoed it so probably won't be making it again. He didn't like the flavor. I liked them ok.

  • bereitbach
    Jun 10, 2011

    This burger was very good, although I personally thought it needed a little more flavor. I will try adding some additional seasonings next time I make it.

  • jamesimpala3
    Apr 14, 2011

    Very delicious!!

  • ellisue
    Jul 24, 2010

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