Grilled Turkey Burgers

I absolutely love a good cheeseburger!  A few years ago we started cooking with ground turkey in an effort to eat healthier and cut down on the amount of red meat we consume (my husband lost a kidney several years ago to cancer).  While doing so, he came up with this turkey burger.  He’s not crazy about the taste of turkey and this recipe does very well at covering up the taste.

This has become one of my favorite burgers to have!  The temp made it up to the low 40’s today, so we decided it would be a great day to fire up the grill in December.

Here’s what we use – you can change it up with your favorite sauce or veggies.

Ground turkey (99% fat free), bread crumbs, hot BBQ sauce, diced onions, diced bell peppers (yellow, orange or red), garlic powder, red pepper flakes, onion powder, cayenne pepper, salt & pepper.


The amounts of the spices are a little of this, a lot of that…I’ll do my best to put measurements on them.  You may need to play with the recipe a bit.

In a medium size bowl, mix together all of the ingredients.  If you put too much BBQ sauce in, just add a little more bread crumbs.  They’ll help absorb the extra liquid.


You’ll want to spray the patties really well with cooking spray.  There is no fat in the meat and they will stick to the grill without a doubt.


I was able to get 5 patties out of this.  You could make yours a little smaller if you like.  They draw up some, but not a whole lot.


Look at all those wonderful peppers and onions.  I believe they make the burgers.  They have such a nice crunch and sweet/hot taste.

Prepare the grill (clean and oil the grates).  Put the burgers on and let them cook for about 5 minutes on each side.


You’re looking for them to be firm to the touch and the juices run clear.  We like to make sure they are done.


Pull them off, toast your buns (if you like).

I like to keep the heat going, so I put a slice of pepperjack cheese on mine.  I top it with a bit of tomato and it’s good to go.  I forgot to grab tomatoes at the store, but I had some cherry tomatoes on hand.  I diced them up and they worked just fine.


I served it up with some leftover macaroni and cheese, spicy sweet potato fries (my hubby’s favorite) and some sweet pickles (14 Day Pickles – Full Recipe) that I made this fall.


Look at all those wonderful peppers and onions in there!  There is so much flavor – you don’t need to add any condiments to it.

I am so full!  This was a great supper tonight.  You can’t beat grilling on December 11th in Missouri!  When you get blessed with a warm day like this in winter, you better take advantage of it.


1 lb ground turkey – very lean

1/3 cup diced onion

1/3 cup diced bell peppers (yellow, orange and/or red)

1/2 cup spicy BBQ sauce

1/4 cup bread crumbs

2 tsp onion powder

2 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

Preheat BBQ grill – medium to high heat.  Clean and oil grates.

In a medium size bowl, mix all ingredients together.  Form into patties and spray both sides with cooking spray.

Grill for 5 minutes on each side.  This is poultry, so you want to make sure they are done and not still pink inside.  Make sure they are firm to the touch and the juices run clear.

Top with your favorite cheese, tomatoes, onion, and lettuce (if you prefer).  You could also add an avocado.

Serve with your favorite side(s).

I hope you enjoy this as much as we do!


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