Herby Turkey Burgers

Herby Turkey Burgers that are so tasty you won’t believe they are only 200 calories! Don’t panic – these burgers may be low in calories but they are definitely not lacking in flavour.  It’s that time of year when people are brought back to reality with a bump after Christmas. The overindulging has to come to and end and you have to deal with the choices you made. Ok so maybe this is just me! 

January is the time of year that most people try to eat a bit more healthily. This isn’t just to loose weight, but I think a lot of people tend to eat more than usual over the festive period so when it comes to January, people crave healthier food. 

Healthy food doesn’t just mean salads. I made these Herby Turkey Burgers as a healthier version of my Beef Burgers, but didn’t realise just how healthy they would be. If I told you these burgers without the bun were only 200 calories would you believe me? If you use turkey breast mince that has 2% fat then these burgers come in at just 200 calories. Even if you use turkey thigh mince which has 7% fat, these still work out at just under 240 calories. I think thigh meat has more flavour and the extra fat helps keep the burgers moist. 

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. 

If you are trying to reduce the carbs you eat, you can easily enjoy this burger without the bun. But if you do fancy a bun, I recommend toasting it slightly as it really does make a difference – there’s a reason why if you order a burger in a restaurant the bun will be lightly toasted!

I can be a bit of a pain when I come up with a new recipe because ask Mr Curly for feedback. The majority of the sweet treats I make I ask other people whether they think I’ve got it right or I need to make some tweaks. But when it comes to savoury dishes it is a bit harder and I usually rely on Mr Curly. I made these and jokingly said to him I wanted his review in at least ten works – ‘nice’ and ‘tasty’ don’t give me much to go off! 

His response was “I don’t really know how to rate them apart from they’re really tasty and I’d happily have them again. Better than your beef burgers maybe.” Well that might not mean much to you, but I know how much he loves the beef burgers I make so I knew that these Herby Turkey Burgers were a winner. 

Serves 4

450g turkey mince 
70g 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 of black pepper
Spray oil 

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC
  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 

  1. Divide the mix into four equal balls and shape them into burger patties
  2. Spray a baking tray with oil and place the burgers on it

  1. Cook in the oven for 20-25 minutes, turning half way; until they are browned and crisp on each side 

  1. 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

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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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