Lemon & thyme turkey burgers

Lemon & thyme turkey burgers

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(15 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 4

These low-fat turkey burgers are flavoured with onion and herbs, wrapped in a single rasher of streaky bacon for added flavour - a surefire family hit

Nutrition and extra info

  • uncooked patties only

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal206
  • fat8g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs3g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre1g
  • protein31g
  • salt0.69g
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  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…

  • 1 onion, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 500g pack minced turkey



    While it's the traditional Christmas bird, turkey is good to eat all year round, though…

  • zest 1 lemon



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

  • 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves or 1 tsp dried
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley



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

  • 4 thin rashers streaky bacon
  • buns, lettuce leaves, sliced tomato and tomato sauce, to serve


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Heat the oil in a small pan, add the onion, fry for a few mins until lightly browned and soft, then cool. Mix the turkey with the lemon zest, thyme, parsley, onion and seasoning until well combined.

  2. Shape the mixture into 4 burgers and wrap a rasher of bacon around each. Put in a roasting tin, bake for 20-25 mins, then pan-fry for a few mins on each side to crisp up the bacon. Serve in a bun with lettuce, sliced tomato, tomato sauce and vegetable chips (recipe below).

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15th Jan, 2015
I made these lovely little burgers and the flavour was fab! My only addition was a bit of beaten egg and then I left them to set in the fridge for 15 minutes before baking - this keeps them together slightly better. I also used fresh herbs from my garden which always helps!
8th May, 2014
I tried this recipe but the taste was too bland. Could this be due to inadequate cooking instructions - e.g. for oven cooking a method to ensure that the meat can be kept moist enough and/or for barding use of streaky bacon variety only ?
2nd May, 2014
Didn't like these at all - very dry and a very strong flavour (not in a good way!).
6th Nov, 2013
Made this last night and served it with fried new potatoes and salad. Even my fussy daughter loved it. Will be making again
4th Jun, 2012
Quick, easy and lovely flavour. Will be making again soon.
11th Apr, 2012
Far too lemony and took 40mins to cook in the oven as they were cool in the middle when tested after 30 mins and pan fried. Very disappointed as the kids wouldn't eat them due to the strong lemon flavour and the fact they don't go with tomato ketchup. A waste of good quality ingredients.
18th Mar, 2012
We found the lemon and sage flavours to be a bit too overpowering (I used fresh sage). I've made better turkey burgers with chopped apple in them.
13th Aug, 2011
Very easy and delicious. Next time, I'll make twice as much and freeze for an even speedier supper.
11th Aug, 2011
Great burgers that were easy to make and tasted delicious. We did find them a little dry but this website was down so I had to try and remember the cooking times which I think I got wrong and I forgot the bacon which im sure whould help to keep them more moist.
15th Jan, 2011
I made these for dinner tonight, absolutely delicious, and very easy to prepare, will definately make again!


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