Our Plate: Turkey Burgers

Although it may not seem like it with all of our dining out, Melanie loves to cook. Several readers have asked that she share some of her recipes with them, so this is the first of, hopefully, many installments of “Our Plate.”

It makes me want to chuckle that the first recipe I’ll be sharing is for a turkey burger. I’m much more partial to banana pudding, mac and cheese, or fettucine alfredo, but this was the dish I was making when I set out to share with you, so that was that. Before trying turkey burgers, let’s face a harsh reality; they are turkey, not beef. If you want a turkey burger that’s full of flavor without the fattiness of beef, this recipe will do. If, however, you want to indulge in a beefy chunk of burger goodness, it won’t.


  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup green yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp red pepper
  • 1 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil


  • Dice peppers, onions, and garlic and set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine all spices and add in chopped veggies, turkey, and olive oil.
  • Mix together well (by hand is always best!) and form into patties. Don’t press together too tightly; simply form to hold a patty shape.
  • Heat a skillet to medium-high heat and spray with nonstick spray. Cook patties for 3-4 minutes on each side. You’ll know it’s time to flip when you see the edges of the turkey turning white on the bottom.
  • Enjoy! I like to serve mine with a spicy mustard.

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