Herby Turkey Burgers

Herby Turkey Burgers that are so tasty you won’t believe they healthy! Don’t panic – these burgers may be low in calories but they are definitely not lacking in flavour.
Healthy food doesn’t have to be boring

Healthy food doesn’t just mean salads. I made these Herby Turkey Burgers as a healthier version of my Ultimate Bacon Cheese Burgers. I didn’t realise just how healthy they would be until they were made. If I told you these burgers without the bun were less than 300 calories would you believe me? 

Turkey can be a little bit bland which is why I think you need to pack it with flavour. Herbs and garlic go really well with turkey and help bring out its flavour. I have used fresh herbs in this recipe, but if you don’t have any just substitute them with a teaspoon of the equivalent in dried herbs. 

Which turkey mince is best to use?

When buying turkey mince you have the option of breast or thigh meat. Turkey breast meat usually has 2% fat and is therefore the leanest, healthiest option. Turkey thigh mince has more fat, usually 7%. The thigh mince does add more flavour and help to keep the Herby Turkey Burgers moist, but if you do use the breast meat they will still be delicious. 

How to serve these Herby Turkey Burgers

These burgers are delicious whether you cook them in the oven or on the barbecue. If you are choosing to serve them in a bun, I would recommend toasting the cut side of the bun. However you don’t need to serve them in a bun to enjoy them. They would be really lovely with a salad or some cous cous for a light dinner. 

You can freeze these burgers when they are uncooked and defrost them in the fridge overnight. 

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Herby Turkey Burgers

Herby Turkey Burgers that are so tasty you won't believe they healthy! Don't panic - these burgers may be low in calories but they are definitely not lacking in flavour.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean, British
Keyword Turkey, Burger, Herb
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 263 kcal
Author Curly


  • 450 g turkey mince
  • 70 g cream crackers 8 crackers, broken up
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp garlic chopped
  • ½  tbsp fresh rosemary chopped
  • ½ tbsp fresh thyme
  • ½ tsp dried sage
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • pinch black pepper
  • Spray oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC (fan assisted, 200°C non fan)

  2. Add all of the ingredients to a large bowl and mix thoroughly - I find the best way to do this is with your hands
  3. Divide the mix into four equal balls and shape them into burger patties
  4. Spray a baking tray with oil and place the burgers on it. Cook in the oven for 20-25 minutes, turning half way; until they are browned and crisp on each side

  5. If you are going to serve the burger in a roll, just before the burgers are ready to come out of the oven, toast the buns on a warm griddle

Recipe Notes

Nutritional information is given as a guide only and my vary.

Nutrition Facts
Herby Turkey Burgers
Amount Per Serving
Calories 263 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 124mg41%
Sodium 675mg29%
Potassium 255mg7%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 23g46%
Vitamin A 183IU4%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 33mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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11 thoughts on “Herby Turkey Burgers

    1. Cat Post author

      It was something Jamie Oliver did years ago so I can’t take credit for it, but I will always add crackers to my burgers now!

  1. Eb Gargano | Easy Peasy Foodie

    YUM! I love turkey burgers – but agree about need to add flavour. I like to add harissa to mine. And for healthy carbs I like to serve bun-less but with sweet potato wedges…and lots of salad. (But I totally agree that if you are going to have a bun, it HAS to be toasted!!) Thanks for linking up to #CookBlogShare. Eb x

    1. Cat Post author

      My husband’s dream meal would be these burgers with a bun AND sweet potato fries! I can imagine his face now if I gave him a burger without a bun haha. But I often have it as it is with a lot of salad, a very tasty and healthy meal!x

    1. Cat Post author

      Definitely don’t think of this as diet food, you wouldn’t tell it was healthy because it’s so tasty 🙂 x

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