Best Turkey Burgers

Best Turkey Burgers


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About this recipe: Made with minced turkey, these burgers are generous in flavour and lean on fat, for a satisfying dinner that's quick to make and a great favourite with children. Serve in muffins, baps or ciabatta rolls.

Jan Cutler

Serves: 4 

  • 500g minced turkey
  • 4 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tsp dried mixed herbs
  • 1 tsp ground mace
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 4 large oven-bottom muffins, baps or ciabatta rolls
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 8 lettuce leaves
  • 1/2 onion, thinly sliced (optional)
  • about 20 cherry tomatoes, to serve

Prep:15min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:25min 

  1. Flavour the turkey: Put the turkey into a bowl. Add the spring onions, herbs, mace and tomato purée, with plenty of seasoning. Mix well until thoroughly combined, stirring and pressing the mixture firmly with the back of the mixing spoon.
  2. Shape the burgers: Divide the mixture into four portions. Roll one portion into a ball, then press it flat into a fairly thin burger, about 10cm in diameter. Set aside on a plate or board. Repeat with the remaining mixture.
  3. Cook the burgers: Heat a very large frying pan over a high heat, then add the sunflower oil and tilt the pan to coat it evenly. Add the burgers, reduce the heat to medium and press them flat with a spatula. Cook for 4-5 minutes or until the burgers are well browned underneath. Turn over, press flat and cook for a further 4-5 minutes or until well browned on the second side.
  4. Finish and serve: While the burgers are cooking, slice the muffins, baps or rolls in half horizontally and spread the bottom layer with mayonnaise. Add a couple of lettuce leaves to each. When cooked, put a burger on each and add a little onion, if you like. Replace the top of the roll and serve with a little pile of cherry tomatoes.

Cooking tip

The bread can be toasted until golden on the split side, if you prefer.


*Make the burgers with minced turkey breast for a lighter flavour and softer texture. *Or try them with minced chicken.

…or try this

The turkey mixture can be used to make sophisticated burgers. Try serving them on slices of grilled ready-made polenta (cooked according to the pack instructions, or use homemade. Top the burgers with a bought tomato salsa or a hot tomato sauce, and serve with a salad, or with creamy mashed potatoes and stir-fried cabbage.

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Reviews (2)


Might be nice with chilli flakes or ground coriander seed. I found it a bit bland, and the tomato paste didn't really add flavour but made it difficult to see how well cooked it was. But it was a very quick and easy recipe for a weeknight meal. - 10 Jun 2010


A bit too much mace for my families liking. I think I will try coriander instead of mace next time. Otherwise an ok alternative to beef burger in a bun! - 27 Jan 2009

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