Fancy Turkey Burgers



























Don’t say you don’t care for the word “moist.”  You’ll like it plenty good when you’re eating these perfectly moist and juicy turkey burgers, perfect for some summer grillin’.

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Fancy Turkey Burgers

Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Carnivore, Keto, Low Carb, NSNG, Paleo


  • 1/8 cup finely sliced green onions
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1 granny smith apple, peeled and diced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil for sautéeing
  • 1/2 teaspoon of lemon zest
  • 1 pack of ground turkey breast (which is usually 1-1.25 pounds)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of tabasco sauce
  • Juice of half a lemon


  • Sauté the green onions, celery, and apple in 1 tablespoon of the grapeseed oil until soft, about 8 minutes. Let cool. Pour sautéed ingredients and lemon zest into the mini-food processor or blender and puree.
  • Put the ground turkey into a large mixing bowl. Add the pureed items, salt, pepper, tabasco, lemon juice and zest. Mix and form into evenly shaped burgers with an indentation in the middle to prevent the burgers from getting puffy when grilled. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Heat grill up to high heat, or heat remaining tablespoon of olive oil to high heat in an iron skillet . Grill each side for 3-4 minutes or until meat is thoroughly cooked. Let sit for 5 minutes. Add cheese & fixins, whatever your pleasure.
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  • Those tomatoes look delicious.

  • Janice Farren / Reply

    Very delicious!!! These are the first turkey burgers I’ve made that don’t chew you back or taste bland. Definitely making these again .

  • Hey Anna, I made these recently and they tasted gorgeous. However, they were really crumbly – put a fork in them and they all fell apart. I’ve seen similar recipes where an egg is added to hold the ingredients together. Would that help, or could I have done something wrong?
    Love your site and your podcasts with Vinnie 🙂

    • Richard!! Thanks for stopping by!! So sorry to hear about the crumbling–I wish I could be there in person to trouble shoot. Could be an altitude thing, could be an over mixing thing–or something else. And yes yes of course, you can add an egg, but you shouldn’t have to–unless it’s an altitude thing. Point is, it can’t hurt to add an egg, but also be careful not to overmix. Also, it always help to buy the highest fat ground turkey available. Sometimes the lower fat, 99% fat free turkey will dry out b/c it needs the fat to stay together. Hope this helps!!

  • Anna, Interesting Turkey Burger recipe. I will have to try this version over my Turkey burger recipe of cinnamon, onion, and Liquid Amino’s recipe. Thank you.

  • Kinsched / Reply

    Since I cut beef out of my diet I was looking for a good burger recipe. Guess what? I found a great one! This turkey burger was nothing less than perfect. Because I love spice, I made a slight adjustment. I cut the celery in half and the other half used jalapeños…perfect. I was a little perplexed about the apple, but it added a fine balance with the spice in the burger. These will be on our weekly menu…..thanks Anna!!

    • I love it!! I have a few more burger and meat loaf recipes in the cookbook coming out Aug 2nd that work great with ground turkey or chicken. Thanks for stopping by!

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