Food Grilling Recipe Turkey

BBQ Glazed Turkey Burgers

Turkey burgers are the present. At least that’s what I’m told. My wife and I made the switch from beef to turkey YEARS ago, and in an effort to make dinners edible (a turkey burger with nothing mixed in is basically a floppy gray hockey puck) I’ve devised a couple of delicious recipes. Like this one.

This recipe embraces the notion that burgers should be juicy, flavorful, and maybe just a little sloppy. By incorporating some chipotle peppers, and the bbq sauce glaze, the resulting burger is a sweet and smoky treat sure to please a crowd.

Decidedly NOT a floppy gray hockey puck.


  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese (medium or sharp)
  • 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp minced chipotle chilis in adobo
  • 4 green onions – diced
  • salt and pepper

For preparing and serving:

  • More shredded cheese
  • Your favorite BBQ sauce
  • Guacamole
  • Tomatoes (and other veggie toppings)
  • Apple Slaw (from my pulled pork recipe)
  • Buns
  • Beer and sides


  1. Preheat the grill over high heat.
  2. Gather and prepare the ingredients for the burgers, and mix them together in a bowl, before forming them into four (4) patties. I prefer to make turkey burgers normal sized, but they could also work as sliders.
    • Note that if you make sliders, turkey tends to dry out faster than beef (it’s less fatty), so make sure to adjust your cooking times. In fact, I have a similar recipe for turkey sliders that you might want to check out as well.
  3. Place the turkey patties on the grill, and close the lid. Cook over that high heat for 3 minutes.
  4. Flip the burgers, and cook (still over high heat) for an additional 2 minutes.
  5. Reduce the heat to medium.
  6. Glaze the tops of the burgers with big dollops of your favorite BBQ sauce.
    Let’s be real honest, OF COURSE I used Sweet Baby Ray’s. Who doesn’t? It’s delicious.
  7. Flip the burgers, and glaze the other side, close the lid, and let ’em cook for 6-7 minutes.
  8. Flip them again, throw some cheese on top, and close the lid again for another 5 minutes.
    • This should be plenty of time for your burgers to cook through, but if you want to check for doneness, use a cooking thermometer in favor of slicing a sacrificial burger in half. You’re looking for an internal temp of 165 degrees.
  9. Remove the burgers from the heat, and let them rest for a few minutes as you assemble your meal. I find this recipe goes best with some toasted buns, a smear of guacamole, a couple slices of fresh tomato, and a handful of fresh apple slaw.
  10. Pop a beer (if you haven’t already, I mean, you were grilling after all) and enjoy!


Step 2: Mix all the ingredients for the patties. Also, I found ground turkey in a tube, which I had to get because it grosses out my wife.
Step 6: Get yo’ glaze on!
Step 8: Seriously cheesy. Also, some grilled veg in the background to go with the meal. Grilled veg is easy: slice it, toss it in olive oil, salt and pepper, and grill it until it’s pretty.
Step : Make it look nice, and then dig in!


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