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Turkey Burgers with Mango Salsa

This cookout recipe always has everyone talking. The secret is mixing a creamy, spreadable cheese into the turkey patties. It gives them lots of flavor without overpowering the burger. —Nancee Melin, Tucson, Arizona
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup reduced-fat garlic-herb spreadable cheese
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds lean ground turkey
  • 6 whole wheat hamburger buns, split
  • 3/4 cup mango salsa


  • In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. Crumble turkey over mixture and mix well. Shape into six patties.
  • Moisten a paper towel with cooking oil; using long-handled tongs, lightly coat the grill rack. 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.
  • Grill buns, uncovered, for 1-2 minutes or until toasted. Place burgers on bun bottoms. Top with salsa. Replace bun tops.
Nutrition Facts
1 burger: 359 calories, 14g fat (4g saturated fat), 98mg cholesterol, 825mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 4g fiber), 26g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch.

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  • hmillay
    Mar 22, 2014

    Okay, but too many bread crumbs (gave it a weird/dry texture) and the lemon was overpowering.

  • AuntieA1955
    Jun 26, 2013

    I made these last night and we thought they were tasty. Taste of Home Magazine just came out with their canning and preserving issue. On page 56 is a recipe for Raspberry-Onion Jalapeno Chutney. We used this as a condiment on the burgers. WOW, soooo good. If you don't preserve foods, you can cut the recipe by half and it keeps in the fridge for several days, or freeze some. It will also be our go to in place of cranberry out of the can at Thanksgiving. You would never know there was jalapeno's, next time I'll add more 'heat.'

  • cookie203
    Jun 21, 2013

    I made this version but like our family recipe better.It excludes the breadcrumbs, adds feta cheese, Powdered Italian Dressing Packet, Cup of soup Tomato and cooks well with a greased grill or grill top pan.

  • cookiesheets
    Jun 21, 2013

    This was a great summer meal. The only problem was the burgers stuck to the grill even though we used Pam, so make sure your grill is well greased. Burgers were juicy and salsa was delicious. I also used fresh pineapple and Serrano pepper in it.

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    Jun 20, 2013

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    Jun 20, 2013

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    Jun 20, 2013

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    Jun 20, 2013

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  • cattfarm
    Aug 23, 2012

    Very flavorful. I mixed an Italian seasoning with cream cheese for the garlic herb spread, and just sliced a Mango instead of Salsa. Still soooo good!

  • caps1
    Aug 17, 2012

    I have made this several times. My husband and I both like it. Rather than a hamburger bun I use a thinner type of bun.