Caramelized Onion Turkey Burgers

June 19, 2012

in Dinner in a Dash, Gluten Free, Healthy "MAKEOVERS", Kid Friendly, Recipes

caramelized onion turkey burgers

I love a good turkey burger.  One of my other favorites is the Greek Turkey Burger recipe.  This time, I wanted a more traditional style burger, but something that had a lot of flavor, and this certainly fits the bill.  Since the onions are caramelized, its a mild enough flavor for kids, while still pleasing adult tastes.  If you’re a big mushroom fan, you could also add some in with the onions when they’re cooking and I bet that would be delicious too!

We ate our burgers with the Rainbow Quinoa Salad on the side.

Caramelized Onion Turkey Burgers

Makes 5 burgers


For the sauteed onions

1 1/2 medium onions, sliced into very thin rounds
2 tsp olive oil
1 Tbsp worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp garlic powder
Pepper, to taste
1/4 cup water (may need a bit more)

For the burgers

1 package extra lean ground turkey ( 1 pound or 454 grams)
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp yellow mustard

In a skillet over medium heat, add olive oil.  Add thinly sliced onions, garlic powder & pepper and saute until almost translucent.  Add worcestershire and balsamic.  Once that’s absorbed, add water and saute until they’re a darker brown color and fully cooked.  The whole process will take about 10 minutes.  Remove from heat.

In the meantime, add raw turkey meat to a bowl, and add in garlic powder, oregano & mustard.  Add in the warm sauteed onions and mix.  Form into patties and cook on a hot indoor or outdoor grill until cooked & no longer pink (7-8 minutes on an indoor grill, 8-9 minutes on an outdoor grill, flipping once).

Dress your burger with your favorite items (whole grain or gluten free bun, lettuce, tomato, mustard, ketchup, cheese etc).  My husband enjoyed his with a bit of aged white cheddar (as pictured).

Nutrition (per burger – patty only)   Calories: 125   Fat: 4.7 g   Carbs: 4.8 g   Fiber: 0.7 g   Sugars: 0.8 g   Sodium: 110 mg   Protein: 17 g

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  • Ali

    Hey! Where did you get those buns? Are they whole wheat? Do don’t look like they were made with white flour.

    • Kristine Fretwell

      Yes these are whole wheat buns. I can get whole wheat buns at pretty much any grocery store. My husband ate this burger as I usually have with a gluten-free bun which are smaller and most gf buns are white. Udi’s and Canyon Bakehouse both make a more whole grain gluten-free bun though.

  • Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit

    Wow, Kristine… love it! Going to go check out that Greek burger, sounds right up my alley. I’m a huge fan of ground turkey. I just started using it about a year ago and can’t believe it took me THAT long!

  • Zandura99

    I love how you add the onions right into the meat….can’t wait to try!

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