Spicy Turkey Burgers


How many blueberries can one eat before they turn blue?  Didn’t that happen to one of the girls on Willy Wonka?  Yep… Not sure why she turned blue, but I think I am headed for the same fate.  I can’t resist them when I go shopping, buying 2 to 3 pints at a time.  Ah well, blue may be better than the pale thing I have going on right now.  Sorry, no picture of blueberries, I ate them too fast. 

*Begin with this brainy looking mess*

Switching gears.  These burgers almost didn’t make it on the grill.  Why?  Because I walked out of the grocery without ground turkey and had to stop the Jeep, re-park, run back in, and get another weird look from cashier, before I could head for home.  Mind you, this was all done post-workout – aka, sweaty as a pig, so the weird look could have been from my appearance or re-appearance, who knows. 

*Then you add everything and anything*

Once me and the turkey made it home together, I was starving!  So I heated up the grill and whipped up some tasty burgers.  I threw in a little of this and a pinch of that.  This isn’t so much a recipe as it is a guide.  It can be altered to your liking.  Wanna use garlic powder, or maybe cumin, or a jalapeno, or what about some feta or goat cheese – all great ideas!  Use whatever you have in your fridge and pantry that will make you happy.   This time around I used crushed red pepper, black pepper, salt, stir – fry sauce (main ingredient is soy sauce), 1/2 sweet onion, 1 garlic clove, and I bound it all together with bread crumbs ( I couldn’t locate my bread crumbs, so instead I used instant oatmeal – worked like a charm!) and an egg. 

*Divide and conquer (make the patties)*

Don’t know about you, but I sometimes get more excited about the burger toppings than the actual meat.  One of my favorites, which I was a little hesitant to try at first, is a fried egg.  Give it a try, you won’t be sorry!  Opting out of the fried egg (not a talent I posses) I instead piled high romaine lettuce, a thin slice of tomato, and a little red onion.  To this I added some Swiss cheese, mayo, and ketchup.  Avocado slices would have been good too.   Good thing summer is just beginning!


Makes 4 burgers

  • 1 Lb Ground Turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 Cup bread crumbs (remember, instant oatmeal works too!)
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper ( if you don’t like heat, then by all means, leave out)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Stir-fry sauce/soy sauce
  • 1/2 Sweet onion, finely diced
  • 1 Garlic clove, minced


  1. Heat grill. 
  2. In a medium sized bowl, add all ingredients and mix together with wooden spoon or your hands. 
  3. Form into 4 equal sized patties (about 1/4 lb each). 
  4. Place on grill over medium heat and cook, flipping once, until internal heat reaches 165°F (no longer pink in the center).
  5. Remove from grill and let rest for a few minutes. 
  6. Build your sandwich and enjoy!  

Published by Mallory

A twenty - something (at least for a little while longer) trying to squeeze the most out of life...but mainly baking/cooking up a storm in my kitchen while watching Netflix.

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