Italian Turkey Burgers

  • Author: Tiffany Dahle
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


These flavorful, juicy turkey burgers will easily replace ground beef in your rotation. Let the kids build their own combination for the toppings or eat them as a mini-salad on the side.



For the balsamic onions:

  • 1 yellow onion, sliced thinly
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

For the turkey burgers:

  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes packed in olive oil, finely diced
  • 1 shallot, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh chives, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper

For serving:

  • 4 hamburger buns (we love potato buns)
  • 4 slices of mozzarella cheese
  • 1 fresh tomato, sliced
  • 1 bunch of arugula


First, prepare the balsamic onions:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Thinly slice the onions and toss them on a cookie sheet with the balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Roast them for 20 minutes or until crispy and browned.

Prepare the turkey burgers:

Finely chop the sun-dried tomatoes and add them to a large mixing bowl. Finely chop the shallot and chives and add them to the bowl. Add the parmesan, red pepper flakes, and ground turkey to the bowl. Use a fork to lightly fluff the ground turkey into the ingredients. Keep fluffing and stirring gently till everything is evenly incorporated. 

Gently pat the turkey into a large round disc. Use a large spoon to divide the meat into 4 equal portions. Scoop 1/4 of the meat at a time and form a thin burger patty. The meat will shrink as it cooks, so make the patties 1/2-inch larger than the bun you intend to place them on. 

Broil the turkey burgers in oven:

Place your oven rack near the top of the oven and preheat the broiler. Spray a boiler pan with cooking oil. Place the turkey burger patties on the pan. (For easy clean-up, place aluminum foil underneath the grate plate.)

Broil the turkey burgers for 5 minutes. Carefully flip them over and broil for an additional 4 minutes or until the patties register 180 degrees.

For serving:

We place all the toppings buffet-style at the table and let the family top their burgers as they choose. If the kids don’t want the arugula and tomato on top of the burger, it makes an excellent side salad with a pinch of the balsamic onions.

  • Category: Sandwiches
  • Method: Broiling
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: healthy, turkey burgers, broiled, grilled, light, easy, weeknight dinners, arugula, tomato, mozzarella, parmesan, sun-dried tomatoes