Grilled Turkey Burger

Yield: 6 servings
Calories: 212
Theme: Lunch
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It can be difficult to decide between your traditional beef patty and a turkey patty at a barbecue, especially if you don’t know which one is the healthier and tastier option. A lot of people think that turkey burgers are always healthier, but that’s not always the case if you don’t shop right. At the grocery store, make sure to avoid pre-seasoned frozen turkey burgers and buy at least 90% lean white turkey. Also, look for pasture-raised turkey, which are higher in omega-3s and less likely contain antibiotics. 


  • 1/2 lb ground turkey
  • 1 1/3 cups finely chopped Granny Smith apple (peeled)
  • 1 cup finely chopped green pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 tsp hot Tabasco sauce
  • 1 tsp ground flaxseed
  • 2 tsp olive oil


1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add apple, pepper, and onion; sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Remove from heat, and cool completely.

2. Grate rind and squeeze juice from lemon to measure 2 teaspoons rind and 1 tablespoon juice. Combine apple mixture, lemon rind, lemon juice, flaxseed, and turkey. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add egg; mix gently just until combined. Add tabasco sauce, if desired. Shape into 6 (1/2-inch-thick) patties. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours or until thoroughly chilled.

3. Preheat grill to high heat. Place patties on grill rack coated with cooking spray. Grill 5 minutes on each side or until done. Place buns, cut side down, on grill rack. Grill 1 minute or until toasted.


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