turkey smash burgersSummer time grilling is going full force at our house!  Matt loves firing up the BBQ on any given summer weekend and I’ve been trying out new recipes to mix up some of his BBQ favorites.  I’ve been playing with ground turkey a lot in recipes and made some insanely delicious turkey burgers this past weekend.  I made a variation of this juicy burger recipe with turkey and it’s a healthy mix of protein and flavor for any outdoor BBQ.  Check out how I made these below:

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  • 1 lb Ground turkey
  • Seasoning mix of your choice (I made a mix of dried onions, salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and an Italian blend seasoning
  • Best Foods Olive Oil Mayonnaise (to act as a binder for the burgers)
  • Burger fixings (I opted for butter lettuce for the buns, heirloom tomatoes, red onion, and creamy avocado to top these burgers

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Add your spice mix to your ground turkey and work it into the mixture.  I just use a spoon and mix it in evenly.

 turkey smash burgers

In addition to the spices, I added a 1/4 cup of Best Foods Olive Oil Mayonnaise to act as an extra binder in the burgers and give them some extra juiciness.  The turkey I’m using is very lean so adding this olive oil mayonnaise helps enhance the flavor make them stick together.

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And for the best part–time to smash the burgers!  Scoop out your turkey mixture onto a piece of wax paper and smash them down with a spoon until in patty shapes.  I prefer this method because it keeps my hands clean and I love the homemade and organic look to the irregular shaped burgers.  Repeat with the rest of the turkey mixture until all patties are formed.

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And for a little bright color before hitting the grill, I gave the burgers a healthy sprinkle of smoked paprika for extra spice and smoke!

  Time for the grill!  We turned our gas grill up on high heat and cooked these burgers thoroughly for about 5 minutes per side.

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While our juicy burgers are cooking up, I sliced up the beautifully red heirloom tomato, red onion, avocado, and peeled “buns” with the butter lettuce.  Once the burgers were ready, we made a little assembly station available for our guests and plated up these yummy turkey smash burgers!

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You need to give these seriously simple and delicious burgers a try on your grill this summer!  Head to your local Safeway to stock up on everything you need for these bunless burgers! When you spend $30, you will save $10 instantly on participating Unilever items like this Best Foods Olive Oil Mayonnaise.  Cheers to summer grilling!

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  1. July 19, 2017 / 10:52 am

    Those look so good! Who says that healthy eating can’t be full of flavor? I can’t wait to try these.

  2. July 19, 2017 / 10:56 am

    Those are some great burgers. I love using mayo as a binder. It’ll add some great flavor and serve to keep the burgers even more moist.

  3. Catherine Sargent
    July 19, 2017 / 12:11 pm

    These burgers look really yummy. I have have to make some turkey burgers the next time we grill. Thanks for the recipe.

  4. July 19, 2017 / 2:51 pm

    These turkey smash burgers look delicious. What a neat way to enjoy a healthier burger option on a nice summer day! These are easy enough to make as well!

  5. July 19, 2017 / 8:06 pm

    Turkey burgers are such a healthy option for summer grilling. Your recipe sounds super delish. I love the addition of the mayo to bind it all together.

  6. July 19, 2017 / 9:33 pm

    These look super tasty. I make burgers similar using tuna but have never thought to make them with turkey. I will have to try it out.

  7. July 20, 2017 / 11:53 am

    We eat a lot of turkey in our house, but it can be a bit bland. These burgers look like they are so moist and tasty! I cannot wait to give this recipe a try!

  8. My Teen Guide
    July 20, 2017 / 2:47 pm

    These turkey smash burgers do look really good. I would give that a try! I love your choice of mayo. That’s our choice brand too. It just goes well with everything. Thanks for the recipe. This will be included in our weekend BBQ menu. 🙂

  9. Kiwi
    July 20, 2017 / 2:56 pm

    Wow I love the presentation of this post. I am loving turkey burgers more often than regular ones so this is up my alley!

  10. July 20, 2017 / 3:32 pm

    I tried that olive oil mayo not long ago. We actually loved it.

  11. July 20, 2017 / 3:34 pm

    Those look delicious! I have yet to try that mayo. It kind of scared me, not going to lie. I’m terrible at trying new stuff.

  12. July 20, 2017 / 6:48 pm

    These are amazing! I haven’t tried the olive oil mayo yet, but since I LOVE Olive so much, I know it will be delicious.

  13. Annemarie LeBlanc
    July 20, 2017 / 11:32 pm

    I need to make these burgers soon. They do look so tasty. Happy to see that you used Best Foods Mayo with Olive Oil. I love that too. Adding paprika is sure to make these burgers a favorite in my family.

  14. Brianne
    July 21, 2017 / 5:03 am

    These look delicious. Turkey burgers are my favorite!

  15. Stephanie Z
    May 14, 2018 / 11:25 am

    I have never had a turkey burger before. It sounds good!

  16. Phyllis A Huebbe
    May 16, 2018 / 8:56 am

    I love burgers,any kind of burgers!

  17. May 25, 2018 / 3:47 am

    Turkey burgers can be a bit dry so you can always add your own mix of spices and change these over time to get a different taste. I would use Nando’s sauce, soy sauce, mustard, herbs. ginger and garlic. this is my basic marinade and is Super tasty. Try this marinade on salmon and serve salmon with mashed potato topped with fried mushroom and broccoli.

  18. Joshua West
    May 27, 2018 / 12:36 am

    Would you say they were a smash hit? Could you use eggs as well & make a Turkey meatloaf ?

  19. Mara Rus
    May 31, 2018 / 11:30 pm

    It looks amazing …my mouth is watering

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