Easy, Healthy Turkey Burgers

turkey burgers

If you’re anything like our family, there is no such thing as a bad burger. Cheeseburgers are decadent! Veggie burgers are guilt-free! As they say, variety is the spice of life. In summer when the grill becomes the cooking apparatus of choice, it’s nice to have multiple options for an entree. In the winter, it’s an easy weeknight option and endlessly customizable.

In typical LIVE FREE style, this recipe is completely flexible for varied tastes and budgets. Check out the tips & tricks below, and leave your favorite combination in the comments!

Turkey Burgers

Recipe makes 4 burgers


  • Colorful chopped veggies1lb ground turkey
  • Chopped red onions
  • Chopped sweet pepper (any combination of red, yellow and/or orange)
  • Whole wheat bread crumbs
  • Minced garlic
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Dried herbs or your favorite seasoning


  1. Chop your veggies.
  2. Mix all ingredients with wet hands, to prevent stickiness.
  3. Let sit in the refrigerator for ~30 minutes (this will reduce breakage in the pan).
  4. Grill until cooked fully – a few minutes on both sides.

Serve inside a 100% whole wheat bun or on a bed of organic spinach. Top with fresh tomato! Perfect with homemade white sangria and fresh corn on the cob. Enjoy!

(These freeze very well, too. Just remove all air and wrap in wax paper so they don’t get stuck together.)

Tips & Tricks – How to make this recipe yours

  • This recipe will make 8 sliders – good for a party or appetizer.
  • Try ground chicken instead of turkey. Just add a little bit more breadcrumbs than usual to ensure they stick together.
  • For a Mediterranean flair, mix a little balsamic into the mixture, and top with roasted red peppers, fresh mozzarella cheese and a little fresh basil!
  • Go Mexican! Add corn, black beans and top with guacamole.
  • Try including leftover roasted vegetables from a prior dinner – it’s a great way to eliminate waste and cut the prep work! My husband likes chopped mushrooms and dijon mustard.
  • For fun add tiny cubes of cheese into the mixture before cooking.
  • Use leftover herbs – parsley is a great option.
  • No bread crumbs? Blend some whole wheat toast in your food processor. Mix with your favorite dried herbs and spices.
  • Peppers and tomatoes are on the Dirty Dozen list – so buy organic if possible

Bridget chopsPrepping the burgers for my in-laws, in one of my favorite nursing tops!



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