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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    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!
    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!
    Loved this recipe it was a big hit!!! I added Turkey Bacon added even more flavor & served with homemade Frenchfries!!!
    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.
    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.
    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."
    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~
    great hamburger
    YUM! I didn't have all the ingredients so I used what I had. Spinach instead of watercress. Feta instead of goat cheese. And some sweet&hot mustard mixed with mayo instead of dijon. I added some grilled onions to the burger. These were SO juicy, so delicious. Thanks Bobby!!
    Another great one from Bobby Flay! My kids (ages 7-13 all loved it and they can sometimes be quite picky. I added lemon zest to the turkey meat and added the salt and pepper before making the patties rather than afterwards as the recipe says.
    Definitely a good turkey burger recipe. Will be a go to for me. However, I highly recommend adding fresh sage and garlic to the turkey meat before shaping, awesome!~ I added about 2-3 cloves of garlic and 8 sage leaves (finely chopped obviously per lb.
    These are delicious! I didn't use buns though. I shaped the burger to fit in a wheat wrap,  
    topped it with the goat cheese and honey mustard sauce, and treated the wrap like a panini, browning and crisping the outside. I think it's even better than Bobby's! Throwdown time!
    Some of the best turkey burgers we ever ate!
    I just made this recipe. The honey-mustard sauce was awesome. I added some grated onion to the burgers to suit my taste. The result was fantastic.
    loved this recipe, i did change it up a bit by adding some saute'd green onions and green/red peppers. the burgers were super easy. I got home late after work and really didn't feel like getting into a huge cooking thing. so loved how easy they were. I added some extra lemon and orange juices this time, wanted more of that citrus flavor, and the goat cheese was great. Even used the mustard sauce on the steamed broccoli i had as a side dish. I love bobby flay recipies though.. Yummy definitely will make them again.
    Loved this recipe! The goat cheese flavor pairs really well with the mustard and citrus. I'm definitely making this again!
    My family loves this recipe so much. I add some basic burger seasonings to the ground turkey and we just love it. I've used many types of lettuces, doesn't seem to matter as long as it's crunchy! We also used ground turkey instead of the ground turkey breast only. My husband calls it the "bombdiggity" lol
    What a fantastic combo of flavors! Followed recipe exactly. Husband loved it and said "That Bobby comes up with great food."
    These were very easy to make, and were sooooo good. I made them for a dinner party so I made slider size, because it was a new recipe, and all in attendance were unsure about "turkey burgers" lol. The sliders were huge hit, even among the skeptics. The only changes I made were using whole wheat slider buns, and I didn't have watercress so I substituted iceberg lettuce. Will try watercress next time. I am definately keeping this recipe. Thank you, Bobby!
    This recipe was delicious! I've been trying to get my hubby to eat healthier, so I encouraged him to try a turkey burger instead of one made out of ground beef. When I found this one from Bobby Flay, he said, "OK, I'll try it. Bobby Flay knows burgers!" LOL I was too lazy to zest a lemon, so I used some lemon pepper seasoning instead. I couldn't find sliced goat cheese anywhere (life in a rural area!), so I subbed Provolone. I also omitted watercress as we're not fans. The burgers were moist despite using the lean ground turkey breast. We also barbequed them on a charcoal grill instead of gas, as we're grilling purists. I followed the rest of the recipe to the letter and it was scrumptious! A definite keeper.
    OMG, this was a gourmet turkey burger full of flavor. Fast and easy!
    Nice recipe. Quick, easy & tasty. This was a last minute meal so I had to make a few subs. I didn't have the goat cheese so I used some Gouda (all I had in the fridge, no Meyers so I used the OJ & regular lemon juice & no Watercress so I used Spring Salad Mix. I also finished the burgers with some Black Lava finishing salt. Yum!
     Can't wait to try it with the Goat cheese
    Way better than our usual turkey burger. Gobs of flavor.
    This recipe is fast, easy, and delicious! Turkey burgers can be so bland and dry, but the goat cheese and lemon-honey mustard really work. I made these on my George Foreman grill, and did use extra lean ground turkey despite warnings to the contrary, and they turned out really well. I thought the watercress was unnecessary, but it did provide a little color.
    Awesome turkey burger! ..Like the recipe says, don't get the extra lean turkey meat because (in my experience anyway - the meat is just not as tender & juicy. The regular grind though is sooooo good! Num, num.. :p
    Great tasting burger! Didn't have the Meyer lemon juice (just omitted), but the mustard sauce was still very good.
    I have made many turkey burgers in the past, but I was disappointed because they didn't have much flavor. The combination of the Meyer Lemon-Honey Mustard and goat cheese is wonderful. Bobby Flay was right, the watercress adds just the right crunch and it is delightful!
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