Savory BBQ Turkey Burgers

by zesty on April 27, 2009 · 19 comments

Happy Monday!!  What a weekend.  Saturday was an excellent day as we squeaked about 22 ° Celsius or close to 70° F.  It was a major milestone for around here.  It was nice to get outside, do some more yard work and even clean the barbecue.  Sunday showed a lot of sun but the wind was whipping around which cooled things off.

I really love the barbecue and on Saturday I had a craving for turkey burgers.


I made these turkey burgers once before and they turned out to be dryer than a wooden bridge in Africa.  With that being said, I thought I would try another technique that I normally use with ground beef, an egg and some bread crumbs.  I also spiced this up a little bit with some ginger and garlic chili paste.  It was a nice hint of flavor which went well with the savory and hoisin barbecue sauce.


  • Ground Turkey
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 Cup bread crumbs
  • 1 Tsp. Garlic Ginger Chili Paste ( Purchased in a jar)
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 Tsp. Savory
  • Pita Buns
  • 2 Tbsp. Bottled Barbecue Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. Hoisin Sauce


  1. Preheat your grill to medium high heat;  Mix hoisin and barbecue sauce together in a bowl.
  2. Add ground turkey to a large mixing bowl.
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  4. Add all other ingredients and mix together gently.  Do not over mix.
  5. turkey_burger_2


  6. Form into patties and let rest on wax paper in the fridge for 15 minutes.
  7. turkey_burger_4

  8. Once chilled and set, place on grill and let cook on one side for about 6 minutes; close lid.
  9. turkey_burger_5

  10. When a crust forms on the burger flip it over and apply the barbecue sauce and continue cooking until complete.
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  12. Toast your buns on the top rack while the burgers are finishing the cooking process.
  13. Remove from heat and assemble.
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  15. ENJOY!

Zesty Tip: When working with any ground meat especially turkey, it is essential that you season it really well with whatever flavor you care for.  Do not over work the meat when forming it into patties or balls.  By over working it you will make the meat tough and not as enjoyable.

I hope you have a great Monday.  I have a lot to do this week as I prep for Jamaica on Saturday.  I am planning to have a few guest posts lined up for next week as the internet is quite expensive at the resort.  I will likely do a Jamaica Summary post upon my return.

I am thinking there will be a lot of barbecue cooking this week so I will ask you this:  What is your favorite food on the barbecue?

Take care


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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sarah (lovINmytummy)

MMM…I think I will try your seasoning/sauce blend with beans for a yummy bean burger as well!

And I never met a kebab I didn’t like! Green peppers, mushrooms, new potatoes, pineapple, onions…it just screams “SUMMER” to me!


2 meg

I would definitely eat one of these! I love that you used the garlic ginger chili paste. Great idea Zesty!


3 HoneyB

Looks great!! I also like the pita burger buns! Have fun in Jamaica!!


4 Mara @ What's For Dinner?

YUM!!! Have a blast on your trip, and please let me know about where you stay… fiance and I are considering Jamaica for our honeymoon!


5 Pearl

i’ve never had a burger that i made by myself!


6 Melissa @ For the Love of Health

Great Blog!

The turkey burgers look mouth-watering!



7 K

My favorite foods from the BBQ are either portobello mushrooms or pineapple – so good!!

Have a great Monday!


8 Liz

We are big fans of barbecue turkey burgers in my house, and this sounds like a great twist on what we usually do. I’ll definitely be making these soon; thanks for the recipe!


9 Megan

i love the finished product- anything with those sexy grill marks makes me happy :)

i love all food on the bbq, but i’ve recently got really into grilling fruit! peaches/pears/etc. are so amazing on the grill. looovee ittttt.


10 Susan

Love the step-by-step pictures! This will be my first summer eating poultry again, so it’s perfect for a poultry newb like me :)


11 Danica

I LOVE Turkey burgers and yours look fabulous! Have fun getting ready for Jamaica but even more importantly – HAVE FUN IN JAMAICA!!!


12 Marianne

Awesome looking turkey burgers!

And it’s hard to pick a favourite item to bbq. I think everything tastes better on the BBQ. I’d have to go with the classic hamburger though – love those grill marks :D


13 Susan

Anything on the grill tastes better…but I have to say chicken on the grill is an all time favorite at my house.


14 ttfn300

those look amazing! but it was nice to hear a not-so-success story from the amazing zesty :)


15 Olga

Yum on the Asian twist.
I also like my turkey with an avocado.


16 carolinebee

i agree- chicken is the best! I will not discriminate however against other grilled cuisine :D


17 Biz

What a great way to use turkey burgers so they aren’t cardboard! Love all the flavors!

I love bbq chicken wings :D


18 thepinkpeppercorn

mmm! love the hoisin in there! Great idea!


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