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.
What You’ll Need
- ground turkey– Find ground turkey in the meat department near the chicken. You can substitute ground beef or chicken too.
- onion– I use white onion for this recipe. Make sure you chop it very fine for best results.
- Feta Cheese– Find crumbled Feta Cheese in the cheese section of the grocery store.
- fresh cilantro– Fresh cilantro adds to the freshness of the burgers and makes a nice garnish on top. Finely chop for best results.
- hot sauce– I like to use Cholula for the hot sauce here.
- black pepper– For best tasting results use freshly cracked black pepper.
- garlic salt– Lawry’s is a great garlic salt brand. It’s what I use in all of my cooking.
- red pepper flakes– Red pepper flakes add a touch of heat to the burgers. Can be optional if needed.
- sweet potato– Peel and cube your sweet potatoes. They’ll get sauteed until fork tender. They’re a delicious addition to the burger bowl.
- broccoli florets– I like to grab the bag of broccoli florets in a bag for quick usage. You can cut your own florets as well.
- zucchini- You’ll give zucchini slices a quick saute for the bowl. They take just a couple minutes.
- red bell pepper– Thinly slice the red bell pepper. They’ll be sauteed for the bowl as well.
- jalapeño– These are optional, but such a great addition. Thinly slice and saute for just a couple minutes.
- green onion– Add sliced green onion to the burger bowl.
- avocado– I added thin slices of avocado to the top of my burger. Make sure you select an avocado that has a little give when slightly pressed in your hand.
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.
How To Serve
Serve turkey burger bowl for any occasion where burgers are wanted.
Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat as needed.
Feta Turkey Burger Recipe
- large mixing bowl
- chef knife
- cutting board
- measuring cups
- measuring spoons
- mixing spoon
- 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 on the stovetop.
- 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.
- Sauté 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.