Turkey burgers

Easy turkey burgers

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(54 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 20 mins - 25 mins Plus cooling time


Makes 8 burgers

These easy, healthy turkey burgers are perfect for feeding the whole family, kids included. Our tasty burgers are great for summer entertaining

Nutrition and extra info

  • Can be frozen
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per burger

  • kcal179
  • fat6g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs17g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre2g
  • protein16g
  • salt0.17g


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
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  • 1 large onion, finely chopped



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  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 85g porridge oats
  • 450g/1lb minced turkey



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  • 100g dried apricot, finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, grated



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  • 1 egg, beaten



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  • rolls and cucumber slices, to serve


  1. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan and gently fry the onion for 5 mins until soft. Add the garlic and cook for 1 min. Add the oats and fry for 2 mins more. Tip into a bowl and set aside to cool.

  2. Add the rest of the ingredients to the cooled mixture and mix well with your hands. Season to taste and shape into 8 patties.

  3. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Heat the remaining olive oil in a large, non-stick frying pan and sear the burgers on each side until well coloured (3-4 mins). Transfer to a baking sheet and cook in the oven for 10-15 mins. Serve in rolls with Tangy tomato chutney (see 'goes well with') and cucumber slices.

  4. For the chutney heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a pan and add 1 finely chopped onion. Cook for 5 mins until softened. Stir in 1 crushed garlic clove and cook for a further min. Add 1 tbsp sundried tomato paste, a 400g can good-quality chopped tomatoes and a pinch of sugar. Gently cook for 20-25 mins until rich and thick. Season to taste, then leave to cool before serving.

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bells74's picture
15th Apr, 2020
Found these really delicious and liked by all. We didn’t have the apricots so I added a dessert spoon tomato purée and tsp mixed herbs. Really tasty really moist. Will definitely be making these again.
1st Oct, 2019
These were very good burgers! Mummy and me enjoyed cooking them and Daddy said they were very tasty too. They are easy to make. I recommend having them with chips and sauce as well. Thank you, Evan age 9
29th Apr, 2019
Lovely & moist burgers! Added some smoked paprika, mild chilli powder & chopped chives, only because I had them to use up. Would definately make them again.
4th Apr, 2019
These were a huge success for my daughters (6 years old) who are quite fussy with vegetables. They asked me to do this everyday! So easy to do!
LornaMoxey's picture
14th Feb, 2019
Have made these twice now - feeding fussy eaters and I too wondered about apricot and oats but they taste delicious and no one even noticed. Everyone loved them. Definitely need to make double the quantity in future.
29th Apr, 2018
Loved these. Made double and froze half. I've started replacing breadcrumbs with oats as a 'thickener' all the time in these kind of recipes, as I'm trying to cut down on wheat. They work just as well, and you really don't notice they're there.
ashikeeps's picture
10th Jan, 2018
Made these tonight without the apricot. Absolutely delicious!! Thought the porridge oats would be abit weird but you didnt notice them at all. Will defo make this again
10th Sep, 2016
Easy to make and delicious. Didn't use apricot as I don't like them but it didn't seem to be a problem. Wasn't sure about the oats but it really works. Liked serving them with the cucumber slices underneath.
Kim Bambrough
13th Jun, 2016
These burgers are delish! So tasty! Wasn't sure about adding the oats,carrot & apricot but had them in the cupboard so added them. So glad I did. Made the difference.Great healthy additives! Everyone loved them. Definately make again.
12th Jan, 2016
Have tried this recipe before and they were delicious , so moist and light. The second time I didn't have any apricots so grated the same weight of apple and added a small amount of pomegranate mollasses to add the sweetness...even better! I am going to play around with these ingredients ...maybe instead of sausage meat in sausage rolls? Meatballs in a marinara or mushroom sauce?


29th Jun, 2018
What could i use instead of the apricots ?
goodfoodteam's picture
3rd Jul, 2018
Thanks for your question. We have a few alternative turkey burgers recipes you might like: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/4833/spiced-turkey-burgers https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/531659/lemon-and-thyme-turkey-burgers https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/10767/turkey-burgers-with-beetroot-relish https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2364641/turkey-and-coriander-burgers-with-guacamole
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