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Two Delicious Turkey Burgers To Add To Your Menu

by Peppi Hautala

Turkey burgers have the unfortunate reputation of being the boring, bland cousin of the traditional beef burger. However, it does not have to be this way! Instead of serving up plain turkey burgers, add one or both of these specialty turkey burgers to your menu. Your customers will be delighted.

Garlic and Onion Turkey Burger

This turkey burger recipe has a versatile flavor that appeals to a wide array of palates. The recipe makes 9 1/3-pound burgers.


  • 3 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon liquid smoke


Heat the olive oil in a saucepan, and then add the onions. Saute until translucent, and then add the garlic. Saute gently for another 1–2 minutes; do not allow the garlic to brown.

Combine the onions and garlic with the other burger ingredients, and mix well. Divide the burger mix into 9 portions. Shape each into a burger patty. Place the patties in the cooler. When a customer orders a garlic and onion burger, cook one for 4–5 minutes per side over medium-high on the flat top grill or in a skillet. Serve the burger on the bun with your desired toppings.  Lettuce, cheese, and a fried onion ring are great choices.

Cranberry and Feta Turkey Burger

What could go better with turkey than cranberry? A touch of cranberry sauce gives these burgers a sweet-tart flavor, and feta cheese balances that sweetness with a salty flavor. The recipe makes 9 1/3-pound burgers.


  • 3 pounds ground turkey
  • ¼ cup canned cranberry sauce
  • ¼ cup unseasoned breadscrumbs
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard


Mix all of the burger ingredients together, and then divide the mixture into 9 even portions. Shape each into a burger patty. When a customer orders a burger, cook it for 6–7 minutes per side over medium-low heat on the flat top or in a skillet. Resist the urge to crank up the temperature, as this may cause the sugar in the cranberry sauce to scorch.

Serve the burger on a bun with your preferred toppings. A little more cranberry sauce, havarti cheese, and a slice of red onion are delicious.

When you add these turkey burgers to your menu, be sure to advertise them well. Once your guests order them the first time at your restaurant, they'll start ordering them again and again.