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Turkey Smash Burgers

PersonalPoints™ per serving
Total Time
20 min
5 min
15 min
When burger patties are flattened or smashed into a scorching hot cooking surface like a skillet or griddle, it creates a delicious crispy crust on the outside which we melt some ooey gooey Cheddar onto for the ultimate fast food fakeout. Use regular ground turkey--not ground turkey breast in these burgers. You need that little bit of fat to help develop that great crust on the patty.


Cooking spray

4 spray(s)

Uncooked red onion(s)

4 slice(s), thick, sliced thin

Uncooked 93% lean ground turkey

1 pound(s)

Kosher salt

½ tsp(s), divided

Black pepper

½ tsp(s), divided

50% reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese

2 oz, 4 slices


4 tsp(s)

Light whole wheat hamburger buns

4 bun(s), toasted

Iceberg lettuce

4 leaf/leaves, medium

Fresh tomatoes

1 medium, cut into 8 slices


  1. Coat a large cast-iron skillet with cooking spray. Heat pan over medium-high heat. Add onion slices; cook until lightly charred, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer onion to a plate and cover with plastic wrap.
  2. Divide turkey into 8 equal portions, shaping each into a ball. Place 4 balls in hot skillet; using a large spatula, smash each ball into a very flat 4-in circle. Sprinkle with half of salt and pepper and cook until well browned on bottom, 2 to 3 minutes. Turn patties over, scraping with spatula to release from pan; cook until done, 2 to 3 minutes. Repeat with remaining turkey, salt, and pepper. Arrange cheese evenly over each of 4 patties; top with remaining 4 patties.
  3. Spread mustard over buns. Layer buns with lettuce, onion, patty stacks, and tomato.
  4. Per serving (1 burger)