Tuscan Turkey Burger

Why this recipe?  I thoroughly enjoy a good burger, but I could do without all the calories and fat!  A turkey burger is certainly healthier,  but they can be really bland and dried out!

The Flip:

  • Removed 28 grams of fat by using ground turkey breast.
  • Used stronger flavors to create a Tuscan Burger with a kick—because ground turkey can be very bland!
  • Grilled the burgers over lower heat—turkey burgers will easily dry out.
  • Added egg for extra moisture.
  • Basted the burgers with a marinade during the grilling/cooking process.
  • No need for cheese on top—it's built into the burger for added moisture.

My thoughts:
 Feel free to double the recipe and freeze the extra turkey patties—they make a easy meal.  I layer the patties between wax paper and place the extra marinade in a small bag; after that, everything fits perfectly into a large freezer bag.

I plan to try this recipe with extra lean ground beef, too.  Either way, the Tuscan flavors will make for wonderful burgers!

Serving: 4  Serving size: 1  Calories: 256  Fat: 12g  Carbs: 8g  Fiber: 0g  Protein: 24g  Sugar: 3g
Sodium: 292mg    Old points:  6   WW Points +:  6

  • 1 (1 lb) pkg 99 % fat free ground turkey breast
  • 1 Tbsp Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 1/2 tsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp Kalamata olives, minced
  • 1/2 Tbsp fresh rosemary or 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1/2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp anchovy paste (optional)
  • 4 whole wheat buns, split and toasted


  1. In mixing bowl; combine turkey, garlic powder, black pepper, thyme and egg.  Stir until combined. Make four equal patties. Place on plate in refrigerator.
  2. In small bowl; add garlic, lemon zest, olive oil, lemon juice, olives, rosemary, honey and anchovy paste.  Stir (When using marinade, do not contaminate with raw turkey).  Set aside.
  3. Remove turkey patties from refrigerator. Place 1 Tbsp of marinade on top of each patty.  Lightly spread.  Turn patties over—gently press down on patties (this press olives into patties).  Place another 1 Tbsp of marinade on each patty. Spread, turn and gently press down on patties (both sides should have marinade).
  4. Heat grill pan over medium heat.  Spray grill pan with cooking spray.
  5. Lightly spray turkey patties with cooking spray.  Place patties on grill for 3-4 minutes (do not move patty).
  6. Turn patties and cook for an additional 3 minutes (basting patties with marinade during cooking process).
  7. Place patties on toasted buns.



  1. Absolutely amazing! I will have to make this soon! Thank you for also posting all the links to buy the items! That is so helpful!

    Regards: Eve Hunt

  2. This looks so delicious! I am definitely going to try this one!

    Harold Burton

  3. I’m always looking for new recipes that help us cut back on the processed alternatives. Thanks for putting all of these in one place.
    Joseph Donahue

  4. I’m in crockpot heaven…i am bookmarking this page and will go through these recipes. I just used my crockpot today (chili) and I’m always looking for new crockpot recipes to try. thanks.
    Kelly Hubbard

  5. I’m always looking for new recipes that help us cut back on the processed alternatives. Thanks for putting all of these in one place.
    Holly Hooper


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