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Italian turkey burgers

Total Time
30 min
20 min
10 min
This easy burger combines lean ground turkey with onion, garlic, and fennel, which add flavor and moisture to the patties. The addition of fennel seeds makes these burgers reminiscent of Italian sausage. Top them with fresh basil and tomato for a wonderful summer main course that can be prepared outdoors on your grill or inside on a grill pan. Cook the burgers until a minimum internal temperature of 165°F. For an extra hit of flavor, rub the bread with a cut garlic clove as it comes off the grill. Try these burgers with peppery arugula leaves or mild spinach leaves instead of the basil.


Cooking spray

2 spray(s)

Uncooked 93% lean ground turkey

1 pound(s)


cup(s), chopped, chopped

Jarred minced garlic

2 tsp

Fennel seeds

2 tsp

Table salt

½ tsp

Black pepper

¼ tsp, freshly ground

Reduced calorie hamburger bun

4 item(s)

Olive oil cooking spray

4 spray(s)


2 small, ripe, yellow and/or red, thickly sliced


1 cup(s), fresh, leaves, torn or thinly shredded


  1. Coat a grill or grill pan with cooking spray; preheat to medium-high.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine turkey, onion, garlic, fennel seed, salt and pepper; form into four 1/2-inch-thick patties. Coat burgers and inside of rolls with cooking spray.
  3. Grill burgers for 5 minutes; flip burgers and add rolls to grill. Grill open-face rolls until lightly charred, about 1 to 2 minutes; remove to serving plates. Grill burgers until cooked through, about 5 minutes more.
  4. To serve, top grilled rolls with burgers and tomato slices; garnish with basil. Yields 1 burger per serving.