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BBQ turkey burgers with grilled onions

PersonalPoints™ per serving
Total Time
29 min
18 min
11 min
If you thought a smoky, mile-high burger was no longer in the mealtime cards, then say hello to this hot-off-the-grill favourite that ticks all the flavourful boxes. Ground turkey is mixed with seasonings, breadcrumbs and barbecue sauce, which adds tons of moisture and zesty flavour to the patties, while thick-cut onions caramelize and become as sweet as candy on the grill. Served with cheese and all the fixin's, this backyard burger is sure to satisfy. Add a few hamburger dill slices or pickled jalapeño slices to finish things off with a touch of tang or heat.


Cooking spray

3 spray(s)

Uncooked 93% lean ground turkey

1 pound(s)

Uncooked scallion(s)

2 medium, sliced

Fresh breadcrumbs

¼ cup(s)

Barbecue sauce

5 tbsp(s), divided

Table salt

¾ tsp(s), divided

Uncooked onion(s)

½ medium, sweet, cut into four 1/2-inch-thick rounds

Shredded reduced-fat Mexican-style cheese

¼ cup(s)

Light whole wheat English muffin

4 muffin(s), toasted

Chopped romaine lettuce

1 cup(s), or shredded

Fresh tomato(es)

½ large, cut into 4 thick slices


  1. Off heat, coat grill with cooking spray; heat to medium-high.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine turkey, scallions, breadcrumbs, 3 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons barbecue sauce, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Moisten your hands with water (to prevent mixture from sticking) and form turkey mixture into four 1/2-inch-thick patties.
  3. Coat onion rounds with cooking spray; sprinkle with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  4. Grill burgers and onions, turning once, until burgers are cooked through and onions are lightly charred and tender, about 10 minutes (internal temperature of burgers should be a minimum of 165ºF). Remove onions from grill; set aside.
  5. Sprinkle each burger with 1 tablespoon cheese. Turn off grill (or move burgers to cooler side of grill if using charcoal grill); close grill lid and heat until cheese melts, about 1 minute.
  6. To assemble burgers, top each muffin bottom with 1/4 cup lettuce, 1 tomato slice, a burger, 1 teaspoon barbecue sauce, 1/4 of onions and a muffin top.
  7. Yields 1 burger per serving.


These burgers can be made indoors on a grill pan coated with cooking spray.