Stuffed Turkey Burgers


Ground turkey recipes are usually hit or miss with me. I find if you are using a very lean cut, 93% fat free for example, the turkey needs major seasoning and can end up dry if overcooked. These stuffed turkey burgers from Ellie Kreiger just didn’t do it for me. The only seasoning was salt and pepper which left them with a bland taste. Also, the lack of a binding ingredient (like eggs or mayo) made these burgers very dry. I think they have potential though. With an egg and some extra seasoning, maybe some garlic, fresh parsley, these burgers could be a keeper.

Overall rating – 2.5 stars

Stuffed Turkey Burgers

Copyright, 2006, Ellie Krieger, All rights reserved

1 1/4 pounds lean ground turkey breast
1/2 cup chopped roasted red peppers, divided
1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, divided
1/4 teaspoons salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Divide turkey into 4 equal sized rounds. Make 2 equal sized patties out of each round so you have 8 patties total. Sprinkle 4 of the patties with 2 tablespoons each of roasted red peppers and cheese, and top with remaining patties working the turkey around the edges to seal burgers closed. Season with salt and a few grinds of pepper. Grill or broil until cooked through, about 5 minutes per side.

Nutrition Information
Nutritional Analysis Per Serving Calories 265
Total Fat 7g Saturated Fat 1.5g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g Polyunsaturated Fat 1.5g
Cholesterol 56g Sodium 630mg
Protein 43mg Carbohydrates 5g
Fiber 0g  


  1. Nick said

    I agree. Using very lowfat turkey often has very little flavor. I would try adding 1/4 cup egg substitute, 1/4 cup crushed tomatoes with garlic and oregano and some extra chopped garlic. Although, I did make the turkey meatloaf recipe from Ellie and it come out incredible. You could also try serving them between to leafs of lettuce with some grilled red onions and/or sauteed mushrooms.

    The Peanut Butter Boy

    p.s – you listed cholesterol as 56g and protein as 43mg, seems a bit off if you ask me =).

  2. foodiedani said

    Hey Nick,

    I like your add-ins. Ground turkey definitely needs flavor added to it. Glad you tried the meatloaf! It’s awesome!

    You may be right about the nutritional info. I pulled it off The Food Network’s site.


  3. melissa said

    since steve told me he was willing to try turkey burgers (and enthusiastically so) I’ve been thinking about it. I’ll have to keep what you say in mind, about the dryness and flavoring.

    still, that cheese ooze looks delicious. 😉

  4. foodiedani said

    Hey Melissa,

    Wow! I’m excited to hear how he’ll like them. Definitely add something to these burgers. I had a recipe from Weight Watchers years ago that had a tablespoon each of low fat mayo and dijon mustard and one egg I think. They were moist.

    Oh yeah, the cheese was the best part!


  5. emilyhicks said

    The burger sounds delicious. This is a great blog with doable recipes. I have a health and fitness blog that has some recipes, if you want to take a look.

    Happy Blogging,

  6. foodiedani said

    Hello Emily!

    Thank you! I’ll be sure to check out your site! I’m all about being healthy!


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