Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten. Serve on a gluten-free hamburger bun.


"Rock and roll is the hamburger that ate the world." -Peter York, Musician

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Plain turkey burgers may not have quite as much flavor as ones made using ground beef. However, using a little Worcestershire sauce brings an amazing umami flavor to your burger - you might even end up liking this better than a regular hamburger.

Look for ground turkey that is 90 to 95 percent lean. Most of the ground turkey will be a mix between white and dark meat, but that is good because the dark meat brings more flavor to your burger. Because poultry is a bit drier to begin with, you need to add back some fat to make it taste great, but in this recipe that is in the form of great quality monounsaturated fat :the olive oil. Just a little adds a lot of moisture to your burger.

One other important item to consider is that much of the pre-packaged ground turkey you will find in the grocery store will have added salt. Turn the package over and check the sodium content to make sure you are not getting additional sodium that you don't want or need.


Smoky Turkey Burgers

Servings: 2 | Serving size: 1 quarter-pound burger with bun

Cooking time: 30 minutes

This recipe can easily be multiplied and cooked hamburgers are good leftovers.

Serve with Parsnip French Fries.

delicious, healthy Smoky Turkey Burgers from Dr. Gourmet

8 ounces 95% lean ground turkey
to taste fresh ground black pepper
2 tsp. olive oil
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. ground cumin
2 whole grain or gluten free hamburger rolls
to taste lettuce
to taste tomato
to taste onions

Place a large skillet in the oven. Preheat to 375°F.

Combine the turkey, pepper, olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, chili powder, and cumin until well blended.

Divide into two balls and form each ball into a patty.

When the oven is hot, place the burgers in the skillet and return to the oven. Cook on the first side for about 8 to 10 minutes.

Turn the patties over and return to the oven, cooking for an additional 5 - 7 minutes.

Srve on a bun with lettuce, tomato, and onions.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1 burger

Servings: 2

Amount Per Serving

Calories 300 Calories from Fat 56
% Daily Value
Total Fat 8g 11%
    Saturated Fat 1g 6%
    Monounsaturated Fat 4g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 60mg 21%
Sodium 370mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 26g 9%
    Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
    Sugars 4g
Protein 34g
Vitamin A 2% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium <1% Iron 9%
Vitamin K 5mcg Potassium 400mg