Turkey Burgers

"I always like to offer a turkey burger at my outdoor barbecue for friends who no longer eat red meat," says Bobby. "Luckily poultry is[ a perfect canvas for many big flavors, and this combination of tart goat cheese, sweet Meyer lemon-honey and peppery arugula makes for one outstanding burger."]

Total Time:
24 hr 30 min
20 min
24 hr
10 min

4 servings

  • Meyer Lemon-Honey Mustard:
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 heaping tablespoon clover honey
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon fresh Meyer lemon juice, from Meyer lemons, if possible
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Burgers:
  • 1 1/2 pounds 90-percent lean, freshly ground turkey (not all white meat), chilled
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 slices goat cheese, sliced 1/2-inch thick
  • 4 sesame seed hamburger buns, split and lightly grilled
  • Watercress, for serving

For the Meyer lemon-honey mustard: Whisk together in a small bowl the mustard, honey, orange juice, lemon zest, lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 24 hours to allow the flavors to meld.

For the burgers: Preheat the grill to high. Form the meat into four 6-ounce burgers. If you are not going to cook right away, keep the burgers cold in the refrigerator. Sprinkle the burgers on both sides with salt and pepper. Grill until cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes on each side. During the last minutes of cooking, add 2 slices of cheese to each burger, cover the grill and let the cheese soften slightly, about 1 minute. Put the burgers on the buns, drizzle with some of the Meyer lemon-honey mustard and top with a few sprigs of watercress. Serve with extra mustard on the side.

Cook's Note: If you are unable to find Meyer lemons, mix 1/2 teaspoon fresh orange juice and 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice.

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Wow, so great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
All my beef-loving family LOVED these burgers and the sauce....not changing a thing...perfect as they are! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Best turkey burger I've ever had. I purchased local goat cheese and that with the fresh honey mustard made the difference. I will be making this often. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fantastic! It's become a regular feature in my house. The dijon dressing is awesome as written, but the last time I made it I had accidentally bought orange blossom honey and now, it's the only way I will make it. It is outstanding! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great, simple recipe. Often we overdo it but sometimes simpler is better. I took my basic seasonings that I use on beef burgers and steaks and carried it over to the turkey burger for a little extra flavor - lemon pepper and cinnamon. (Yes, cinnamon!) We served with red onion, heirloom tomato, avocado (nice creaminess added) and arugula. With a side of homemade sweet potato fries with smoked paprika and brown sugar, it was a hit! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved this recipe it was a big hit!!! I added Turkey Bacon added even more flavor & served with homemade Frenchfries!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The sauce was great, I usually don't go in for honey mustard, but made with the zest and fresh lemon and orange juice, it really made a difference. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Bobby has truly changed the way I look at turkey burgers. I used to make a big production out of putting onions, celery, bread crumbs and such into the burgers, but now I see that simpler is better. I just wish I would have found this delicious recipe earlier. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I eat this weekly.Now i can go w/ out a bun,because it's just that good.i put red onions on the burger a few minutes before it's done.so they wilt & are a bit tender ,w/ the cheese.you rock Bobby.love all your recipes, & lemon /honey anything." item not reviewed by moderator and published
We use scotch bonnet pepper, (seeds removed minced garlic and red onion (also minced and incorporate that into the turkey (or BISON is even better! Then let it marinate in the meat all day before grilling. We like it HOT! Grilled red pepper and additional grilled onions can also be added with really any cheese YOU like. Tweak the recipe to fit your families taste. I also grill the whole wheat rolls and rub a bit of fresh garlic on them~ item not reviewed by moderator and published

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