Sharing a favorite turkey burger recipe today that doesn’t even need a bun! This turkey burger bowl is healthy and makes a great meal prep for quick lunches during the week!
Turkey Burger Recipe
This bowl of turkey burger goodness has quickly become a summer favorite around our house. I like to prepare double the recipe to have enough for lunches to meal prep at the beginning of the week. I used a cast iron skillet to cook my turkey burgers, but an indoor or outdoor grill works great if you prefer!
What Is Best To Make With Ground Turkey?
Ground turkey is a versatile ingredient that can be rolled into meatballs, shaped into burgers and meatloaf, and crumbled into sauces. And in the right form, it proves to be the lean, lighter alternative to ground beef. It has the potential to make for a flavorful meal, as long as it’s used correctly.
How To Make Turkey Burgers
Whether you’re making burgers, meatballs, or meatloaf, it’s best to keep the meat handling to a minimum. It has a direct impact on the texture of the finished recipe: When over-handled, the meat compacts and results in a tough finished product.
When mixing the ingredients and shaping meatloaf, burgers, and meatballs, handle the meat as little as possible. Lightly oiled hands and a soft touch is is the goal.
For my turkey burgers today, I’ve added some feta cheese, chopped onions, cilantro and some seasonings. They come out perfectly flavorful!
I add a few shakes of hot sauce before mixing too. Cholula is great, but use whatever you have on hand.
Form the ground turkey into 3-4 inch patties onto a plate or tray ready to cook/grill.
How Long Do I Cook Turkey Burgers?
Because of its low fat content, ground turkey isn’t very forgiving when it’s cooked for a few minutes too long. When overcooked, ground turkey quickly gets dry and crumbly, and loses its flavor. Keep on eye on the time as you cook, and keep an instant-read thermometer handy.
Turkey Burger Temperature
To prevent dry meat, cook ground turkey until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. I cooked my burgers about 5 minutes per side over medium heat, checking to make sure internal temperature was 165 degrees F.
While the burgers are grilling/cooking saute your vegetables you want in your burger bowl. I sautéed diced sweet potatoes, broccoli, zucchini, bell pepper rings and a few jalapeños. Use your favorite vegetables for your own bowl.
- 2 pounds lean ground turkey
- 1 cup finely chopped onion
- 1 cup crumbled feta
- 1/2 cup fresh cilantro finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon hot sauce I used Cholula
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon Lawry's Garlic Salt
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Vegetables For Bowl
- 4 cups diced and peeled sweet potatoes
- 4 cup broccoli florets
- 4 cups quartered zucchini
- 1 red bell pepper sliced into rings
- 1 jalapeño thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup sliced green onion
- 1 avocado thinly sliced
Preheat indoor or outdoor grill to medium heat. You can also use a cast iron skillet like I did today. Worked great. Place turkey, onion, feta, cilantro, hot sauce, salt, pepper, garlic salt and red pepper flakes into a large mixing bowl. Gently combine all ingredients mixing gently until just combined. Form into 3-4 inch patties and place onto a plate or tray to get ready for grilling/cooking. When grill or skillet is hot, grill/cook each patty until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees flipping half way through. When done, transfer to a clean plate/tray and keep warm with foil over top while cooking the rest of the patties.
Saute all vegetables except green onion and avocado in a hot skillet with a little extra virgin olive oil until fork tender. Place cooked turkey burger into a bowl along with cooked vegetables. Garnish with a few slices of avocado and sliced green onion. Serve warm.
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