Chicken, Turkey, Fowl and Egg: Chicken, Turkey, Fowl Dishes: All-American Turkey Burgers

Try a new twist on the classic quarter-pounder with this Recipe Makeover. This version uses lean ground turkey in place of ground beef.
Per serving: 379 calories and 10.6g fat.
Saves: 136 calories and 25.4g fat!

Author: National Turkey Federation -
Date: March 28, 2013

Serves: 4 person(s)
Yield: 4 x burgers

Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 10 mins


    The traditional quarter-pounder hamburger is high in calories, fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol. This turkey burger recipe is transformed to lower calorie and lower fat by replacing the traditional regular high-fat ground beef with 90% lean ground turkey. We've also added vegetables to the mix, increasing both nutrition and flavor.
  Recipe Makeover

    0.45 kg lean ground turkey (90% lean)
    1/2 cup chopped onion
    1 clove garlic, minced
    1/4 cup ketchup
    1/8 tsp black pepper
    4 kaiser rolls, sliced
    4 leaves lettuce
    4 slices red ripe tomato
    4 thin slices onion

  Traditional Recipe

    4 ground beef patties (1 pound)
    1/4 tsp each salt and black pepper, or to taste
    1/4 cup ketchup
    4 hamburger buns
    1/2 cup pickle slices


    Preheat charcoal grill for direct-heat cooking.

    In medium-size bowl combine turkey, onion, garlic, ketchup, and pepper. Evenly divide turkey mixture into 4 burgers, approximately 3-1/2 inches in diameter.

    Grill turkey burgers 5 to 6 minutes per side until 165ºF is reached on food thermometer and turkey is no longer pink in center.

    To serve, place each turkey burger on bottom half of kaiser roll and top with lettuce, tomato, onion, and top half of roll.

Nutritional Information
(Per Serving)

Calories:379 cals515 cals
Kilojoules:1,587 kJ2,156 kJ
Fat10.6 g36.0 g
Carbohydrates43.0 g29.0 g
Protein29.0 g18.8 g
Cholesterol70.0 mg89.0 mg
Sodium774 mg892 mg
Saturated Fat2.4 g13.3 g
Fiber2.6 g1.9 g
Calcium74.0 mg63.0 mg
Total Sugars11.0 g5.0 g

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