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Perfect Grilled Turkey Burgers

Turkey Burgers with Pepper and Onion Relish from a Thousand Crumbs (2 of 4)

Happy kick-off to 4th of July friends!  Here come the BBQs, pool parties, fireworks, and all of the fun that comes with Summertime!  Earlier this week, I shared a super fun recipe for 4th of July popsicles, but today we’re talking about what to eat before you hit dessert – turkey burgers!  Unless you’re more of a dessert first type, and then I say, party on Wayne!  But seriously, still save room for a turkey burger.  You aren’t going to want to miss this recipe!

This recipe is adapted out of the At Home with Magnolia cookbook.  And if you want to add a new cookbook to your shelf, I highly recommend this one by Allysa Torey!  These turkey burgers are just one of MANY recipes I love out of this book.  The seasoning in the patties is incredible, but with the pepper and onion relish and goat cheese, these burgers are out of this world delicious!

You can definitely make the patties ahead of time, which I love.  Plus, they keep well in the freezer if you want to make a few extra!  What makes this recipe easy peasy, is that you can also make the peppers and onions ahead of time!  Simply reheat before serving.  The leftover peppers and onions makes a great addition to morning omelets and scrambles, or toss on a salad for lunch.  If you aren’t a fan of goat cheese, try using a pepper jack for an extra kick.

Sometimes I slip in other burger toppings like arugula, or pickled jalapeños.  And of course a healthy layer of avocado never hurt anyone!

I hope you have a fantastic 4th of July!

Perfect Grilled Turkey Burgers (Freezer Friendly)

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Serves: 5 Cooking Time: 1 Hour


  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 4 Tbsp oil (I use avocado)
  • 2 cups minced yellow onion
  • 1.5 lbs ground turkey (I use dark meat for extra flavor!)
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 Tbsp ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 6oz fresh plain goat cheese
  • 5 sandwich buns (I love a soft brioche bun for these!)
  • 2 cups roughly chopped red and yellow bell peppers
  • 1 Tbsp crushed garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste



To assemble the patties, heat 1 tablespoon of butter, and 3 tablespoons of oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 cup of the onion, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is very tender. About 8-10 minutes. Remove from the heat, transfer to a large bowl, and allow to come to room temperature.


Add the remaining burger ingredients to the bowl - ground turkey, breadcrumbs, ketchup, egg, mustard, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Blend all of the ingredients together with your hands until well combined.


Divide into 5 equal portions and shape into patties, roughly 1/2 inch thick.


Cover and refrigerate patties until you're ready to cook.


To make the pepper and onion relish, heat remaining butter and oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add remaining cup of onion, 2 cups of bell pepper, and fresh garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, until very tender. About 20-25 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


To grill the burgers, prepare the BBQ by heating to medium-high heat, and cover the grill grate with aluminum foil (to prevent sticking!). Cook the burgers with the grill cover down for 5 minutes, and then cook uncovered for an additional 5 minutes. Turn the burgers and cook uncovered for an additional 8-10 minutes, or until the patties are no longer pink and cooked through.


Before turning off the grill, toast the buns by putting them cut side down, until lightly toasted, 1-2 minutes.


To assemble the burgers, add a healthy layer of goat cheese to the bottom bun, a burger patty, and top with the peppers and onions.


Freeze any extra patties by wrapping individually in Saran Wrap, and then seal patties in a freezer Ziplock bag.

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