Turkey burgers with beetroot relish

Turkey burgers with beetroot relish

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(29 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…

For the relish

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



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

  • 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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20th Sep, 2019
The burgers were dry. Not sure what I did wrong. Relish was delicious however!!
30th Oct, 2015
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'
30th Jul, 2014
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.
16th May, 2014
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.
15th May, 2013
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!
22nd Apr, 2013
This was lovely. I would definitely make it again!
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27th Mar, 2013
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.
6th Feb, 2013
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?
3rd Feb, 2013
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.
30th Dec, 2012
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.


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