Reader Question: Turkey Burger Toppings

If you shop at ShopRite, you probably have yourself a bunch of pretty cheap Turkey Burgers by now.  Well, reader Sara is on the hunt for something to spice up the burgers.


Had a question about the turkey burgers; wanted to know if you have any suggestions on how to prepare them and what to serve them with. Tried these once on the grill, but myself and my family found them pretty bland tasting. Have some more patties in the freezer and would like to give it another go! Maybe even some of the readers may have a few tasty suggestions!

So, what kind of creations do you make with turkey burger patties.  Some guacamole or avocados on top.  Brush on a special sauce?

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  • use them in any way you would regular hamburger! tacos, chili, hamburger helper.
    Make sure if you are making them as burgers you use a healthy helping of grill seasoning on them.
    I like them with avocados, bacon and cheese.

  • Mommy Tool Belt

    I never use them as burgers, treat them as you would ground beef. Turkey meatloaf is my favorite! soak some white bread in milk (that adds pillow softness to the meatloaf), add some green peppers, mustard, ketchup and salt and pepper, toss in the turkey, mix and form in loaves, bake at 375 for 30 – 45 min. serve with mashed potatoes and gravy.

  • felicia

    If you got the pre-made patties you can sprinkle some hamburger seasoning on them, I like the grillmates gormet hamburger, it’s very bold and it I scored a bunch for free awhile back. I throw them in a pan on a stove and fry them up normally, or on my george foreman. if I grill them they end up dry or fall apart. If you have ground turkey meat, add in the seasoning, some bread crumbs and egg and it will be more moist and flavorful. I know people who add in minced onion and what not, but i find the more I add to it the harder it is to keep it together.
    I like to top the turkey burger with avacado’s, bbq sauce, lettuce, tomato and onion, or pico de gallo, or I lightly sautee bell peppers and onion to top my turkey burger, and then use dijon mustard and a little bit of grated parmeasan cheese, it’s yummy and most of the time I don’t even use a bun.

  • Christina

    For turkey burgers recipe use 1 1/2 # turkey burger 2 tsp worcestershire sauce 2-3 garlic cloves minced 3 tbs minced onion some salt and black pepper to taste mix all together and marinate for 2-3 hrs. I then grill on George foreman…..SO GOOD…. Better then regular burgers!!!!

  • Alison

    My husband and I like to put some guacamole and fresh salsa on top. They are yummy!

  • Ryan

    I Put Them In A Glass Pan And Use A Jar Of Turkey Gravy Lay The Patties Flat And Dump A Jar Over Top Of Them Than Use A Box Of Stuffing Mix (Cooked) And Spoon Equal Amount On Top Of Each Burger The Gravy Helps Them From Being So Dry!! Cook At 350 For 40-50 Min.

  • kim

    I like to put them in a baking pan with gravy , onions and peppers and serve with mashed potatoes and a veggie.

  • Annabelle

    I take shredded cheese and bacon crumbles and rework the patty to get it all mixed together, or mix with the ground turkey

  • Shita

    The turkey patties are too lean so it will be dry for grilling. I like to use them as ground meat to make stuff pepper or mushroom. use one package turkey patties. mix together half cup Panko mix, salt, pepper, and minced garlic, onion, mushroom. Stuff the mix into half cut of any color peppers. put in 375 degree toaster oven for 25-30mins the meat turned golden color.

  • i dont eat turkey but i make a kicking chicken burger. if they are premade, you can coat them in some Arby sauce while cooking. Whenever I goto Arby’s i ALWAYS ask for a ton of sauce. this way i can add them to all different types of burgers and meatballs.

  • lucy

    Add a couple of drops of liquid smoke. It works wonders on the tas tr e!

    • lucy


  • Sabrina O.

    I bbq the Butterball turkey burgers the other night. Knowing they would be bland I made two toppings. I made a quick greek taziki sauce and I also put together some chopped tomatoes, kalamata olives chopped, red onion, red vinegar and oil together. Came out like a greek salsa. Both toppings made the burgers delish.

    • felicia

      I love greek food, but I never thought about taziki sauce with a turkey burger- GREAT IDEA, it sounds amazing!

  • Jocelyn

    My favorite toppings are: provolone cheese, guacamole (or just mashed avocado) and a touch of A-1…. tastes great on a bun, or if you are a diabetic like me, nix the bun and just eat it like a regular “piece” of meat w/ the above toppings!

    It is one of my favorites!

  • Dana

    If you have the ground turkey (don’t get the 99% fat free cause they won’t stay together) you can season it with garlic powder, hamburger seasoning and some Montreal steak seasoning, it gives it a kick and makes it taste just like a good burger!! Less half the fat!!

    • eggs are a binder and if you use a egg, it will help hold them together if you want 99% free.

  • chiara

    they are awesome w/ romaine, tomatoes, a slice of cheddar, a toasted bun, and topped off w/ some fresh-made guacamole!
    that’s what i’m doing w/ mine that i just scored at shoprite for $1 after sales and Q’s! :O)

  • Jen

    This is very simple and delicious! 2 or 3 tablespoons of worstchesire sauce, sprinkle onion and garlic powder (if u have extra time mince 2 garlic cloves…even better). Mix together form patties and grill. While that is grilling I like to mix butter with 2 or 3 garlic cloves and a teaspoon of parsley and llmake my own garlic butter to toast my bread with. Once the patties are almost cooked, I top it with a slice of swiss cheese and some sliced avocados. Even if u have te frozen patties, you can add some worstchesire and garlic and onion powder and it will still be good. Hope u find a recipe that works for your family!

  • heather D

    I make a “thanksgiving day Turkey Burger” in a saute pan I cook up really finely diced carrots, onions and celery till they are tender. I add 2 pieces of white toast diced up small, and a small amount of water to make it just moist enough to make a ball, I add 1 lb ground turkey, 2 tbs each of ground sage, garlic powder and salt and pepper to taste. I form them into burgers then use my indoor grill. I have also added dried cranberries to the mix if you like them. It’s one of my families favorites, even my 2 year old love them!

  • Patty

    McCormick steakhouse seasoning. For toppings, swiss cheese, mushrooms and steak sauce, yum!

  • Phil

    I basted them with salad dressing-any of the kraft ones r good-like the sun dried tomato/balsamic, or the an Italian dressing and put them On the grill!

  • shari

    I mix mayo and pesto sauce together for turkey burger toppings..very tasty!

  • Susan

    Tonight I crumbled them up for chili. Throw in a beef bouillon cube and olive oil when browning.

  • Anonymous

    I dip mine into instant mashed potato flakes and brown them in a frying pan. Then I serve with the mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberries and steamed green beans! Thanksgiving any time of year.

    • Christine

      I dip mine into instant mashed potato flakes and brown them in a frying pan. Then I serve with the mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberries and steamed green beans! Thanksgiving any time of year.

  • Becky

    Sauerkraut and Thousand Island Dressing adds some good flavor!

  • Jessica

    We had some of these same burgers for dinner a few nights ago. I caramelized some onions and mushrooms and cooked some bacon. Then while they only had about a minute or so left, I put the onions, mushrooms and a piece of bacon on the burger, then covered with a slice of cheese. Serve on a roll with seasoned oven roasted potatoes.

  • Anonymous

    I found that the grill dries the meat out. I cook them in a frying pn with mushrooms, onilos and peppers. I also add some soy sauce or woistestire in the meat before i pan fry. Yummy

  • Steven

    BBQ sauce.

  • melanie

    I like to put on sauteed onions with melted swiss and BBQ sauce. I’m also very generous with grill seasoning.

  • amber renee

    turkey burgers: use 2 lbs of turkey meat, add 1 4oz can of green chiles (drained), and salt/pepper. prepare on the stovetop or grill. they’re really good!

  • meanerson

    Dude, why do you capitalize every word? Are you just learning to type? That is not how you write!

  • Will Spears

    Romaine lettuce, beefsteak tomato, muenster cheese
    mayonaise, ketchup and spicy mustard. YUMMY
    If you don’t mind getting a little messy I make these for my
    dad, he likes them with a fried egg and bacon w/mayo.

    I always grill the buns first, really hold things together and
    gives them a smoky, crispy texture.