Cilantro Turkey Burgers
Think that beef burgers are the best burgers? Well you clearly haven’t tried these Cilantro Turkey Burgers yet!
Now you should know that we’ve never really been turkey burger people. I’ve tried a few variations in restaurants but my heart always longs for the beef variety. So we were tough critics as we set out to make a good one.
A few months ago my husband was diagnosed with a red meat allergy that developed as a result of a tick bite. Yes, that’s a thing. Crazy, isn’t it?
We set out to make a turkey burger that we could love every bit as much as a beef burger. And oh boy we did it.
Friend, they’re delicious. And know that this is coming from someone who really loves a beef burger and has been hesitant about turkey burgers. So when I say this is just as good and satisfying I really mean that.
The biggest takeaway for us in all our experimenting was that it’s all about what flavors you add to the turkey. If you don’t want a boring burger you need a good marinade, lots of seasoning, and incredible toppings.
Let’s start with the marinade, shall we? Coconut Aminos do a beautiful job. If you’re not familiar with it yet it’s going to rock your world. It tastes an awful lot like soy sauce but it’s milder and includes a great deal less salt. That plus a few spices help flavor the ground turkey so it’s all mouthwateringly tasty.
I rarely make anything without fresh herbs and these burgers are no exception. I used plenty of fresh chopped cilantro in here. It helps bind everything and is a good balance for the natural softness of the ground turkey.
When considering toppings I really wanted something that would wow and pair perfectly with the cilantro. The answer was easy. Creamy Avocado Dressing & Dip. It’s incredibly simple to whip up. Just toss a few ingredients in the blender!
Serve this Cilantro Turkey Burger however you like! I’ve had it in a lettuce wrap and on a smashed potato several times. It’s a delicious and light entree that won’t leave you feeling hungry.
Buns work great too. But that didn’t need to be said, right?
Cilantro Turkey Burgers
- 1 lb lean ground turkey
- 1/4 cup Coconut Aminos, Original
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro
- 2 tsp olive oil
- Creamy Avocado Dressing & Dip
- Add all ingredients EXCEPT THE OLIVE OIL to a large bowl. Use your hands to combine ingredients.
- Form into four patties. If you're not grilling immediately place the patties on a plate and cover with plastic wrap in the refrigerator. (Ground turkey is very soft and it will firm up the refrigerator. Don't let it sit out any longer than necessary.)
- Heat the grill to medium-high heat.
- Brush olive oil on both sides of each burger. Gently place each patty on the grill.
- Sear until brown, about 5 to 6 minutes. Do not flip your burger too early or it will fall apart. When it's sufficiently browned on one side, flip. Sear remaining side until browned and patty is cooked through, another 5 to 6 minutes. Remove from the grill and serve!
13 Comments on “Cilantro Turkey Burgers”
I’m a recent convert to the turkey burger, and Devin just bought me a cilantro plant (since I killed all the seedlings I planted, womp wompppp)…I am so excited to give this a try!!
Hahaha but you don’t kill your succulents like I do!
I made this tonight for my family. We thought turkey burgers were bland but this changed them for us! So so delish!!
These are delicious! It was a helpful tip to put the turkey meat in the fridge. We even ended up putting it in the freezer for like 10 minutes because we were afraid they would crumble on the grill – they didn’t, and everyone loved them!
My family LOVES these burgers and they are so incredibly easy to make! I thought the cilantro would be overpowering but I was wrong! The cilantro is perfect and all you taste is tons of great flavor! I made this recipe for the first time a month ago and we have had them once a week ever since! SO GOOD!
I’ve usually found turkey burgers plain, but these were incredible! I made on a pan instead of grill, but can’t wait to try on the grill to. My boyfriend can’t stop raving about them- definitely a regular for us now on!
To. Die. For!!!!
Had never made turkey burgers until this recipe! And it did not disappoint! Will make again.
Holy cow, are these delicious!! You know how turkey burgers are always dry? Yeah, not these! They are flavorful and juicy. Whatever you do, make these the first chance you have, you will not regret it.
We haven’t made turkey burgers in years, but since I’m a cilantro lover this sounded like a good recipe to try…SO good! Even my husband who is *not* a big cilantro lover enjoyed them! We will definitely make again!
These were hands down amazing! I have always been super picky when it comes to Turkey burgers because they are usually so dry and flavorless. The coconut aminos and cilantro in these make them so full of flavor! A new staple for sure!
Both my husband and daughter got the red beef allergy from a tick (they call it alpha gal). No one has ever heard of it so I was so surprised to read that your husband got it!
Its a bit of a challenge though we were never big into red meat to begin with.
This recipe is amazing and my go to recipe for burgers!!
Oh thank you! I’m so happy you like the burgers! We had never heard of it when David was diagnosed but now I feel like we’re constantly learning that someone we know has it. It’s wild how quickly it’s spreading!