Turkey burgers with beetroot relish

Turkey burgers with beetroot relish

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(28 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 10 mins


Serves 4
These low-fat burgers freeze well, so why not make double and freeze for another time?

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal183
  • fat4g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs7g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre2g
  • protein30g
  • salt0.5g
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  • 500g pack turkey mince
  • ½ tsp dried thyme or 2 tsp fresh


    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • 1 lemon



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

For the relish

  • 250g cooked peeled beetroot (not in vinegar), finely diced



    A favourite in 1970's British salads (served cooked and pickled in vinegar), beetroot is a…

  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

  • 2 tsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 tsp wholegrain mustard
  • Little Gem lettuce, to serve
  • wholemeal pitta bread, to serve


  1. Tip turkey into a bowl with the thyme. Finely grate in the zest from the lemon and add a little seasoning. Use your hands to mix the ingredients well, then shape into 4 patties. Chill until ready to cook. Can be frozen for up to 1 month.

  2. Mix the beetroot with the juice from ½ the lemon, onion, parsley, oil and mustard. Grill, griddle or barbecue the burgers for about 6 mins each side and serve with the beetroot relish, lettuce and pitta breads.

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Comments (28)

nandavies's picture

The turkey burgers were a little bit more than OK but not in the 'great' category. I would consider making them again if I had all the ingredients to hand. However, the beetroot relish was in a different class! Truly delicious! I will now file this recipe under 'beetroot' not 'turkey'

RachMck14's picture

The turkey burgers are nice but the Beetroot relish is amazing. This was the first time I'd tried fresh Beetroot and I now make the relish every week to go with salads and crackers for lunch at work. Colleagues all love it too.

drfabio's picture

I loved the lemon in the burgers! I had some leftover parsley from the relish so added that too, as well as garlic, chilli and tomato puree. Very easy as well! Will definitely make again.

clareevans88's picture

I needed a recipe that was quick and easy to prepare after work and summery. With my husband on a diet I needed a low fat recipe too, so these were perfect for him and so tasty. I added spring onions etc as per other comments and I could eat them everyday! The beetroot salsa/salad was yummy. We will be having these a lot!

lillytea's picture

This was lovely. I would definitely make it again!

snapdragon2's picture

Left out the lemon as my family aren't keen but added some cooked onion to the meat before forming into burgers. The beetroot relish was delicious (without the lemon again). All the family said it was very filling and would only use half a pitta per person next time. All the family loved it and asked when we can have it again.

aimeeb1's picture

Added some chilli and garlic to th burgers and they were tastier than thought. Just wanted to check if the calorie per serving included the pitta bread?

valbooger's picture

I liked these better than beef burgers, I added shallots and seasoning but could add any thing you wanted. Very moist and even better cooked over coals in the weber. I am on a low carb diet and these are great no need to add eggs as they hold together well and very little fat.

hodgson87's picture

This a great alternative and you can add anything each family member requires, garlic, chilli flakes and spring onion. i myself like to add paprika to add a little colour and a small amount of spice.

junerooney's picture

Added chilli as others had suggested and also smoked paprika. Really tasty, will definitely cook these again.

vicki_mh's picture

This is a lovely way to use beetroot and I will definitely use the relish again. The burgers were a bit bland so think I will spice them up next time. The other ingredients went together really well. I usually use baby spinach, rocket and watercress in my salad but the little gem worked nicely. Will make again - but with my own combination of flavours for the burgers.

damien's picture

very tasty.. added chilli flakes... ended up with loads of relish left

tsillett's picture

There are so many different flavours you can add. I use garlic, ginger, chilli and Chinese 5 spice or basil, tomato puree and garlic granules and oregano for an Italian twist. I also make them up and cook in a muffin tin so get 12 small muffins and freeze them. You can heat in the microwave and are great for a lean protein snack. If you found them a little bland try sprinkling a chicken oxo cube into the mix.

alicehill45's picture

I didn't have any lemon in so I made them without and they were still tasty!

peagreenchick's picture

very tasty

klwill1's picture

My boyfriend and I loved this! I added chilli and garlic to the burgers and chopped walnuts to the salsa - it was YUM!

forager's picture

Yes, the pitta's are a little fiddly but the combination of the dry-ish turkey with the juicy, fresh beetroot relish is really moorish - its even more moorish knowing how healthy it is! I added garlic and onion to the turkey burgers, but I think they could do with a bit of chilli kick, however that could just be my taste.

viablered's picture

Delicious and healthy. Made with pittas which were a bit fiddly, so we are having the second half of the batch in bread buns. Beetroot relish is tasty and fresh.

chimpunk's picture

Added chilli flakes and spring onion as suggested. Worked perfectly. Would definitely make again. Served with home made potato wedges on the side, and a squeeze of lemon.

imol-e's picture

Yum! Tried these tonight with the addition of spring onions as suggested plus a finely chopped red chilly. The burgers go so well with the beetroot relish. So good you don't even notice that it's super healthy too!


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