Turkey Burger

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The ground 99% lean turkey breast used in this recipe is a healthier alternative to a traditional beef burger because it is lower in saturated fat. This recipe is also a good source of iron, which

is a mineral that the body needs to produce red blood cells. You can even pair this juicy burger with some baked sweet potato fries for a guilt-free, yet delicious meal!

Recipe Yield: 9 Burgers


  •  3 medium yellow onions, chopped fine
  •  1 clove garlic, minced
  •  2 tbsp olive oil
  •  1 1/3 pounds ground 99% lean turkey breast
  •  3 tbsp whole wheat bread crumbs
  •  2 tbsp barbecue sauce
  •  3 tbsp quick-cooking oats (not instant)
  •  1 tsp dried basil
  •  1 tsp dried oregano
  •  1/4 tsp salt
  •  1/4 tsp ground pepper
  •  9 whole wheat buns


  1.  Warm the oil in a large skillet. Add the onions and garlic and cook over medium heat, stirring often, for about 10 minutes, or until the onions start to brown. Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, as necessary to prevent burning.
  2.  Remove from the heat. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool for 10 minutes.
  3.  To the same bowl, add the turkey, bread crumbs, barbecue sauce, oats, basil, oregano, salt and pepper and mix well. Shape the mixture into 9 burgers.
  4.  Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and cook the burgers over medium heat for about 5 minutes, or until browned and crispy. Flip the burgers carefully and cook for 5 minutes longer, or until golden brown and the meat is no longer pink inside (and a thermometer inserted in the center registers 165 degrees F).
  5.  Place burgers on whole wheat buns and serve hot with lettuce, tomato and onion or to your liking.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 burger with bun

Amount Per Serving% Daily Value
Calories 250 
Total Fat 6g (24% calories from fat)9%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 25mg8%
Sodium 370mg15%
Total Carbs 30g10%
Dietary Fiber 5g20%
Sugars 8g 
Protein 21g 
Vitamin A0%
Vitamin C6%