Lager Turkey Burgers

Our family grills at least once a week 52 weeks a year.  I have been trying to make healthier choiceswhen it comes to grilling, but I don’t want to sacrifice flavor.  Turkey burgers are a great leanoption, but you have to have the right combination of flavors and you have togrill them right in order for the meal to be enjoyable.  I have finally come up with a turkey burgerthat the whole family loves!

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(onions and oregano not pictured)
1 package 93% lean ground turkey
1 tsp olive oil
1 medium onion
1 16 oz can stout beer
½ c. panko bread crumbs
2 T. Dijonmustard
½ tsp. dried oregano
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp pepper
Finely chop onion.
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Heat olive oil in a medium sized skillet over medium high heat.Add onion and sauté for 5-8 minutes until softened and just starting to brown.


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Pour in beer.
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Reduce heat to a simmer and simmer for 20 minutes until liquidis reduced by 2/3 and begins to take on a syrup-like texture.
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Remove onion and beer mixture to a bowl and let cool for 20minutes.  When onion mixture has cooled add in seasonings.
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Stir in panko.  Form into patties.  Imade 4 patties and they were huge.  Nexttime I think I will make 5.
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Preheat your grill to medium high heat.  Place the patties on the grill.  I put them on the top rack of our grill.  Unlike beef, turkey must be fully cooked inorder to be safe to consume.  I used toalways over cook my turkey burgers for fear of them being under done.  I now use a meat thermometer and it is sohelpful.
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Cook burgers until the temperature at the center is 160degrees.  Towards the end of cooking, add your buns to the grill to toast.  Add cheese of your choice and enjoy!
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Amanda Larson is a mother, wife, lawyer and aspiring cook. She truly believes that you can live green and eat well while sticking to a budget. Through her posts she shares her tips on how she does it!


  1. We have never tried turkey burgers, but those look so yummy we just may have to broaden our horizons a bit!

  2. SalemMomma says:

    I just finished eating, and those STILL look good to me! lol Thanks for sharing, I'm going to have to try that out.

  3. UntrainedHairMom says:

    This looks delicious…those photos are making me hungry and I've already had dinner lol. Thanks for the recipe!

  4. Curry and Comfort says:

    This looks wonderful!! I love that you made the delicious onion mixture and put it inside the burger. What a great idea!! Thanks for dropping by Curry and Comfort. I'm enjoying your blog very much. :)

  5. This looks great, I love burgers!

  6. We love turkey burgers, but never thought to put lager into them. I know my hubby would love them! I'm your newest follower and would love for you to follow back :)

  7. tubbytelly at gmail dot com says:

    Oh no, please don't let my husband see this. He might actually want to eat a non-beef burger.

  8. Those look so good I'll have to try them out :)

  9. These look really good! I will have to try these with my family. TY

  10. I found some extra lean ground turkey on sale. This looks like a tasty way to use it. Thanks for sharing your recipe with the Hearth and Soul Hop.

  11. sk8tagrl15 says:

    These look really good!

  12. Hi Amanda, those burgers sure look tastey. I have never tried one made with beer though. Should try them and see for myself. Thanks for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  13. Charis's Mum says:

    These sound SO GOOD!!

  14. Looks like a tasty recipe. I will have to give them a try.

  15. What a fantastic burger recipe! These would make such a great Father’s Day treat for any Dad. I like how you have used the beer in them – it would add such good flavours!
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