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Send summer off in style with the best turkey burgers you’ll ever eat. Grilled to perfection, loaded with garden fresh veggies, salty bacon, and slathered with a savory sweet basil goat cheese, this is an incredible sunny burger to enjoy before the changing of the seasons.
The Best Turkey Burgers You’ll Ever Eat
If you’re not a fan of turkey burgers, allow me to try to change your mind.
I love them, and I’m of the belief that if you don’t like them, it’s because you haven’t had a good one yet.
I will choose a turkey burger over beef when we go out for burgers, but grass-fed beef burgers are our go-to when we’re grilling out at home.
Making sure you have high-quality meat is important when making burgers, but you can always zsoosh them up with a bunch of ingredients that will make everyday turkay taste gourmet.
Building your own turkey burger is *THE BEST* idea ever, and I love, love, love to come up with crazy fun and delicious topping combinations. Sesame has a peanut butter, banana, and bacon burger which is insanely delicious (don’t knock it til you try it) and I love to build a Hawaiian style burger with grilled ham and pineapple, roasted red peppers, fresh basil and a side of sweet teriyaki sauce for dipping.
Without a doubt though, the best turkey burgers on the whole face of the planet are the amazing variation I’m sharing today.
Loaded with freshly grilled summer veggies, sweet charred corn, crispy bacon, savory basil goat cheese, and all the fixins’ this is a fantastic burger to eat over Labor Day or as we send summer away.
How to Grill Turkey Burgers
5 Tips on How to Grill Turkey Burgers:
- Season the meat with salt, pepper, fresh garlic, and a drizzle of EVOO.
- Make a shallow indentation in the middle to promote even cooking.
- Use a meat thermometer so you don’t overcook.
- Allow the meat to rest before serving.
- Fancify with a plethora of delicious toppings.
Sides to Serve w/ Grilled Burgers
- Cucumber Feta Salad w/ Lemon Greek Vinaigrette
- Crispy Oven Baked “Bojangles” French Fries
- Homemade Baked Beans w/ Amaretto & Bacon
- Mexican Street Corn w/ Honey Buffalo Butter & Gorgonzola
Turkey Burgers w/ Grilled Zucchini, Charred Corn, Bacon, and Creamy Basil Goat Cheese
- 2 lbs ground turkey
- 1 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil + more for brushing grill and veggies
- 2 cloves fresh garlic minced
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- Pinch freshly ground black pepper
- 2 ears sweet corn
- 1 medium zucchini sliced lengthwise into long, thin strips
- 8 strips bacon cooked
- All the fixins: green leaf lettuce, tomatoes, red onion, bread and butter pickles, dijon mustard, etc.
- 4 hamburger buns warmed or grilled!
- Make basil goat cheese spread and lightly brush zucchini and corn w/ olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, gently mix together ground turkey, 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil, garlic, 1/4 tsp sea salt, and black pepper. Form into 4 (4 oz) patties roughly 1/4 inch thick and press your thumb down into the middle of each burger to form a slight indentation. Add bacon to the oven and cook for 12-14 minutes or until crispy and golden brown. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess grease.
- Once grill is hot, dip a paper towel into some olive oil then use a pair of tongs to carefully rub the grates with the oil, making sure the grill is well oiled so the turkey burgers don't stick.
- Add turkey burgers and corn to the grill. Grill both turkey burgers and the corn for 5-6 minutes, turn, then add zucchini to the grill. Continue to cook the burgers and corn for 5-6 minutes or until the internal temperature of the turkey burgers reaches 160˚F. Cook the zucchini for 3 minutes, turn, and continue to cook for another 3 minutes. Pull the burgers and veggies from the grill when burgers are cooked through and veggies are charred and tender, cover, and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.
- To serve: Slice corn off cob, then load warmed burger buns with the turkey burgers, bacon, basil goat cheese, grilled zucchini, corn, and any other fixins you wish!
For the Creamy Basil Goat Cheese Spread:
- Add goat cheese, basil, salt and pepper to a small bowl. Add milk or half and half, one tablespoon at a time, until the basil goat cheese is easy to spread and at desired consistency.