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Recipe: Healthy Naked Turkey Burgers

naked turkey burgers

I’m a quick meal obsessive. While I’d love to pretend that this is for other reasons, the truth is that: (a) I’m always starving so need food immediately; and (b) I’m lazy. However, there are so many delicious and inventive quick recipes out there so luckily my laziness hasn’t hampered this area of my life (other areas perhaps… but that’s a story for another time!).

One of the best examples of imaginative but quick food is with these easy naked turkey burgers.

I'll come clean here: I serve this with pita bread, so perhaps it's not 100% 'naked' but certainly less doughy than using a proper bread bun!

This combination of turkey meat with bulgur wheat goes together brilliantly to create a lean, yet filling, patty. I serve these with homemade sriracha and guacamole in a pita, and the whole combination of flavors is something else. 

I hope you enjoy it, but be sure to let me know if you’ve tried different versions of this recipe before. I'm always keen to different takes on the same food!

Let’s break out the frying pan and get into it!

healthy turkey burger recipe

You will need...


250g Minced Turkey
½ Cup Bulgur Wheat
1 Yellow Onion
1 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt
½ English Cucumber
1 Lemon

1 Teaspoon Zaatar
1 Teaspoon Paprika
30g Dried Apricots
3 Tablespoons Pine Nuts
1 Bunch Mint
1 Bunch Parsley

1. Put the bulgur wheat in a strainer and rinse with warm water. Allow it to strain while you heat up a cup of water. Add a couple of pinches of salt and bring the water to the boil. Once boiling, add the bulgur wheat and immediately remove the pan from the heat. Put a lid on the pan and leave to stand for 20 minutes.

​2. Take the cucumber and cut in half lengthwise. Then, using a spoon, remove the seeds from the inside of the cucumber. Once done, very thinly slice the cucumber.

3. Peel the onion then dice it into small pieces.

4. Use a grater (or zester) on the skin of the lemon to get 2 teaspoons of zest. Then quarter and deseed the remainder of the lemon. Dice the apricots into very small bits. We’re going to use all of these later, but first…

5. Pick the mint and parsley off their stems and chop both sets finely.

6. Heat up a couple of tablespoons of oil in a large frying pan to a medium heat until hot. Chuck in the lemon zest, onion, zaatar, and paprika. Also add salt and black pepper to your taste. Cook for a couple of minutes, stirring throughout.

7. Add the pine nuts, apricots and half the chopped parsley. Cook for a further 2 minutes, until combined, then take off the heat and transfer to a large bowl.

8. Add the turkey mince and bulgur wheat to the same bowl as the cooked spices, and combine thoroughly.

9. Form 12 patties with the mixture, each about half an inch thick.

10. Heat up your frying pan again to a medium heat, and add a couple of tablespoons of oil. Once hot, add the patties. Cook for 5 minutes per side. Once cooked through, remove from heat.

11. While the patties are cooking, combine the yogurt, mint, olive oil and lemon juice in a bowl. Add a dash of salt and pepper.

12. In another bowl, mix a quarter of the yogurt sauce with the cucumber, and a dash of salt and pepper.

13. Serve up the patties on a plate, with some pita bread, and top off with the cucumber sauce on top, with the remainder of the yogurt sauce on the side. Garnish with the rest of the parsley. Enjoy!

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