Simple Turkey Burgers

by Meri on August 17, 2012









Moving is wearing me down. I truly can’t believe how hard it is to move into a new home with toddlers running around. Every time I think I have time to unpack a box or hang a picture someone is in need. A diaper change, fight, arm caught between the wall and bed, toy train lodged into a shape sorter, Tiny washing her hair with yogurt, orange marker pulled out of a box and creatively used all over my couch, or finding all the keys on BOTH of my laptops have been plucked out by a tiny engineer named Birdie (hence why I haven’t blogged in awhile).  You know…typical toddler stuff. We are slowly but surely getting it all unpacked while at the same time repairing what’s been destroyed.

I’ve definitely been tested with meals this last month. My normal meal planning just isn’t working so I’ve been in need of quick recipes I can throw together on the fly. This turkey burger is my strange concoction of fast and simple.

If you’ve worked with ground turkey before you’ll know it’s dry. Dry. Dry. Dry. Typically I’d chop up onions and mushrooms and make something saucy to mix into the meat prior to making patties. However, the last few weeks I’ve had such little time and energy I decided to use pre-made turkey burger patties and needed a way to still make a juicy burger. So here is my unconventional little recipe which is definitely a throw-it-together fix when you don’t want to make your own patties.

Recipe (ummm…if you want to call it a recipe)


1 pre-made turkey patty

around 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce

1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

burger fixings: bun, tomatoes, lettuce, whatever you like!


Heat grill to medium high. Sprinkle Worcestershire sauce on both sides of turkey patty.

Sprinkle smoked paprika and onion powder on both sides of patty.

Throw on grill until completely cooked through, about 4-6 minutes each side depending on how thick your patties are.

Ok, basically folks, sprinkle the ingredients on burger and cook until done.

Serve with burger fixings.

Can I call this a recipe? I think that’s pushing it, but it’s a great way to make turkey burgers in a pinch!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Johnny California August 17, 2012 at 5:33 pm

I’m desperate for a good turkey burger recipe! Actually I have a good recipe, but my burgers keep rising making them too thick. And yes, i do pres the middle so that won’t happen – but it still does:( Thanks Meri!!


Meri August 17, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Ahhh…it will probably still do that! Just don’t leave out the smoked paprika and don’t replace with regular paprika…it’s the secret ingredient that makes it have a smoky flavor!


Marcia@frugal healthy simple August 17, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Are you using Trader Joes burgers. They are pretty good, but dry. Might have to try this.

Where did you move?


Meri August 17, 2012 at 5:49 pm

No, I’m using Fresh and Easy’s burgers. It will work with any of them! We are still in the same area, just decided to buy!


Marianne May 16, 2013 at 12:35 am

I made this for my mom, who swears she doesn’t like Worcestershire, and it was a hit! Thanks Meri.


Meri May 16, 2013 at 3:45 pm

That’s great! Glad you guys enjoyed them!


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