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6 Creative Takes on the Classic Turkey Burger Recipe

Never get bored of turkey again with these easy and delicious burger ideas.
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Turkey is a slimming and satiating swap for regular beef when you're looking to lean out without compromising your weekly burger fix. A four-ounce, 93 percent lean turkey patty packs in just 170 calories and 21 grams of protein! But much like chicken, turkey can sometimes be dry and underwhelming if it's not seasoned well or if it's overcooked. To get the most enjoyment out of mealtime, we've rounded up the best ways to recreate the classic turkey burger recipe. From spiking the patties with flavorful sauces to swapping out the bun for a more tasty vessel, we've got six ways to upgrade your protein-packed sandwich pronto.

Pesto Turkey Burger Sliders on Sweet Potato Buns

Sweet potato turkey burger
Courtesy of Ambitious Kitchen

The lean meat gets a double dose of mouth-watering flavor coming from avocado pesto and hearty sweet potato. By opting for a sweet potato bun over a regular wheat bun, you'll get a solid dose of skin-rejuvenating vitamin A, as well as more satiating fiber that will hold you over and prevent you from reaching into the cookie jar post dinner.

Get the recipe from Ambitious Kitchen.

Chimichurri Turkey Burger

Chimichurri turkey burger
Courtesy of Flour on My Face

Spice up mealtime with a Latin-inspired chimichurri burger that's ready and plated in just 20 minutes. The sauce is concocted with flavorful ingredients such as red wine vinegar, parsley, cilantro, crushed pepper flakes, and extra virgin olive oil.

Get the recipe from Flour on My Face.

Spinach and Feta Turkey Burgers

Spinach feta turkey burger
Courtesy of Eating Bird Food

Simply mix baby spinach, crumbled feta, egg whites, and garlic into the turkey meat before forming the patties and slapping them on the barbecue. Wrap this Mediterranean-style sammy with a lettuce leaf and pair it with homemade sweet potato fries for a delish meal you'll crave all week.

Get the recipe from Eating Bird Food.

Slow Cooker Turkey Sloppy Joes

Slow cooker sloppy joe turkey burger
Courtesy of The Seasoned Mom

The lean sammich gets a nostalgic upgrade with sloppy Joe-style turkey. Begin by browning the meat in a skillet with onion and garlic, while simultaneously whipping up a simple sweet-and-sour sauce. Then, the meat and sauce are transferred to a slow cooker, where the flavors amalgamate before getting sandwiched between two sesame buns. We can't think of a tastier, more crowd-pleasing meal.

Get the recipe from The Seasoned Mom.

Bacon Ranch Turkey Burgers

Bacon ranch turkey burger
Courtesy of The Cozy Cook

The Cozy Cook adds two classic burger toppings—bacon and creamy ranch—to these delectable turkey patties. The ranch dressing adds moisture and extra flavor to the meat, while the bacon adds coveted crunch. To lighten up this meal, opt for swapping pork bacon for turkey bacon, and make your own ranch sauce using protein-packed Greek yogurt.

Get the recipe from The Cozy Cook.

Jalapeño Curry Turkey Burgers

Jalapeno curry turkey burger
Courtesy of Ambitious Kitchen

Ambitious Kitchen tops this patty with a tahini curry sauce made with maple syrup, grated ginger, and garlic for a truly mind-blowing meal. The creaminess of the tahini coupled with the sweet maple syrup will help counteract the jalapenos' bite. You can even meal prep this recipe by grilling an extra batch of burgers and storing them in airtight containers for a delicious lunch all week.

Get the recipe from Ambitious Kitchen.

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April Benshosan
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