Grilled Turkey Burgers with Spinach and Sriracha Mayo are packed with vegetables and bursting with flavour! This is the perfect healthy turkey burger recipe for all your summer barbecues! Plus, watch for my 4 Pro Tips for making perfect homemade burgers every time!
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I start incorporating grilling into our weekly meal plan as soon as spring is here and it’s warm enough to stand on the deck and barbecue without getting frostbite. Actually, my husband makes me wait until he can turn on the propane tank without wearing winter gloves.
Seriously though, we just love grilled seafood (these shrimp skewers are SO good!), vegetables, burgers – you name it. Pretty much anything cooked on the grill is delicious, but it can be tricky to stay on a healthy-eating track once grilling season comes and so do high-fat beef burgers, smokies, hot dogs, steaks…you get the idea.
Healthy Grilled Turkey Burgers
It’s always a challenge to find healthy recipes for the barbecue, but this healthy turkey burger recipe is amazing! The grilled turkey burgers are so juicy and they’re bursting with flavour! They don’t contain an enormous amount of fat and calories, they’re full of vegetables, and they can even be made with oat flour, making them gluten-free turkey burgers!
The Sriracha mayo complements the flavours in the grilled turkey burger so well and it gives the meal a nice spicy kick. The man in your life may scoff at the idea of a turkey burger, but trust me – these are just as juicy and flavourful as any beef burger I’ve ever had!
Tips for Making Perfect Homemade Burgers
Follow these simple tips and you’ll be creating perfectly cooked, juicy homemade burgers every time!
- Tip #1:
Use your hands to combine all the ingredients together, mixing well, just until everything is combined. Don’t over mix! Using your hands creates a nice even texture and it ensures everything is evenly mixed.
- Tip #2:
If you’re sensing that the mixture is too sticky to form into patties, just add another 2-3 tablespoons of oat flour or breadcrumbs. Moisture levels in meat can vary and even the size of the egg can make a difference in the texture of the meat mixture. A little extra breadcrumbs or oat flour will absorb some of that moisture and help with forming the patties.
- Tip #3:
Always use a kitchen scale to make sure that all burger patties are the same weight. This will assure that they cook evenly. Use a meat thermometer to ensure the burgers reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. There’s nothing worse than an under-cooked burger!
- Tip #4:
When the burgers are cooked through, remove them from the grill and let them rest for 3-5 minutes before serving. Resting helps create a juicy interior and it also helps the burgers stay together.
Grilled Turkey Burgers with Spinach and Sriracha Mayo
For the burgers:
- About 500 grams of fresh lean ground turkey meat
- 1 large carrot grated
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh spinach
- 1/3 cup breadcrumbs or gluten free oat flour
- 2 cloves of garlic minced or pressed
- 1/4 cup red onion minced
- 1 egg
- 1/4 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
- a pinch or two of salt and pepper
For the Sriracha mayo:
- 1/3 cup low-fat mayonnaise if you're looking for a mayo substitute that's egg-free, Vegenaise http://followyourheart.com/products/original-3/ is a good option
- 1-2 tsp Sriracha hot sauce add more or less depending on how much heat you like
- 1/4 tsp lime juice
- Buns of your choice
- Fresh spinach
- Tomato slices
- Add the ground turkey meat, grated carrot, chopped spinach, oat flour, garlic, onion, egg, spices and salt and pepper to a large bowl. Use your hands to combine all the ingredients together, mixing well until everything is combined.
- Divide the mixture into 6 or 8 equal pieces and form each piece into a patty shape. Be careful not to make them too thick (they won't cook evenly) or too thin (they might break apart in the middle). If the mixture is too sticky to form into patties, add another 2-3 tablespoons of oat flour or breadcrumbs.
- Grill the patties on a propane barbecue that's been preheated to low or medium-low. You can also use a skillet heated to medium low with a little bit of olive oil.
- Most barbecues don't have an exact temperature, but grilling these burgers on medium-low heat for about 5-6 minutes per side usually does the trick. Make sure you know your barbecue (some are hotter than others and have hot spots)!
- Check them after about 5 minutes and make sure the edges are starting to brown slightly before you flip them.
- When the burgers are cooked through, remove them from the grill and let them rest for 3-5 minutes before serving.
- While the burgers are resting, make the Sriracha mayo by combining the mayonnaise, Sriracha and lime juice in a small bowl. This can also be prepared in advance if you wish. We often have a small container of this in our fridge because it's so delicious on sandwiches, wraps, sushi, etc.
I hope you enjoy this one! Have fun grilling!