BBQ Turkey Burgers

It's grillin' season! There's nothing quite like a Chief smokehouse brat or burger fresh off the grill. While I love beef burgers, sometimes it's fun to mix it up a bit with turkey or chicken. BBQ Turkey Burgers are a little bit sweet, a little bit spicy, and full of flavor. Topped with gooey cheese and sweet caramelized onions, they were a hit with my family. The trick to making a moist (not dry) turkey burger, is to use ground turkey (not turkey breast, which has practically no fat to it), and not to overcook it. IMG_6680 Before you start the burgers, get the onions going. They take about 20 minutes. Just add some sliced onion with some olive oil and a pinch of a salt to a saute pan and cook over medium heat until golden brown. onions.jpg For the burgers, combine a pound of ground turkey, a little cheddar cheese, your favorite BBQ sauce (for me, it's Sweet Baby Ray's!), cayenne pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and pepper. Mix it all up and form into four patties. IMG_6678 Grill over medium-high heat about 8 minutes on each side until cooked through. If you like your cheese melty, add it during the last 1-2 minutes. Top the burgers with additional BBQ sauce and the caramelized onions, and serve up on your favorite buns. IMG_6679 Looking for other burgers recipes? Check these out! ---

BBQ Turkey Burgers

Yield: 4 burgers

  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • ¼ cup finely grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • ½-1 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • ¼ tsp. garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ cup BBQ sauce
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • BBQ sauce, for topping
  • sliced Havarti or mozzarella cheese, for topping


1. To start the onions, heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Saute onions with pinch of salt about 15-20 minutes until golden brown.

2. Meanwhile, prepare the burgers. Combine ground turkey, grated cheddar, spices, and BBQ sauce in a large bowl. Mix and form into four patties. Grill over medium-high heat about 8 minutes on each side until cooked through.

3. Top with cheese, caramelized onions, and additional BBQ sauce.

Source: Adapted from How Sweet It Is

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