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Turkey smash burgers

Total Time
25 min
10 min
15 min
When a burger is smashed onto a scorching-hot skillet, it gets a crispy crust, which we melt some gooey cheddar onto for this ultimate fast food fake-out. Use regular ground turkey—not turkey breast. You need a bit of fat to develop that crust.


Cooking spray

4 spray(s)

Uncooked red onion(s)

4 thin slice(s)

Uncooked 93% lean ground turkey

1 pound(s)

Kosher salt

½ tsp, divided

Black pepper

½ tsp, divided

Reduced fat cheddar cheese

2 oz, thinly sliced (4 slices)


4 tsp

Light whole wheat hamburger buns

4 item(s), toasted


4 leaf/leaves, large


8 medium slice(s)


  1. Coat a 12- to 14-inch cast-iron skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium-high. Add the onion slices and cook until lightly charred, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and cover with plastic wrap.
  2. Divide the turkey into 8 equal portions and shape each into a ball. Transfer 4 balls to the hot pan. Using a large spatula, smash each ball into a very flat 4-inch circle. Season the patties with ¼ tsp each salt and black pepper and cook until well browned on the bottoms, 2 to 3 minutes. Turn the patties over, scraping the pan with the spatula to release the patties, and cook until done, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with the remaining turkey, salt, and black pepper. Top the patties in the pan with the cheese, then top with the remaining patties. Remove from heat.
  3. Spread the mustard on the cut sides of the buns. Build burgers with the bun bottoms, lettuce, onion, double-patty stacks, tomato, and bun tops.
  4. Serving size: 1 burger