Sep 30

Turkey Burgers – Bland or Bling?

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I see Waitrose is offering 3 meat items for £10, on selected items. One of the items is turkey mince and it got me thinking – what is turkey mince actually good for? Not bolognaise or lasagne. It comes out rather anaemic-looking and tasteless. You end up adding loads of beef Oxo cubes to it, and Worcestershire sauce, just to get it to taste beefy. Which isn’t the point.

What it IS good for is turkey meatballs, or turkey burgers/patties. You’re not trying to get it to taste like beef (and only being disappointed). But you do need to add a few distinctive ingredients to it, lemongrass, spring onions, lime juice, to get it to sing.

Turkey Burgers / Turkey Meatballs

Ingredients: (for 4 people)

  • 500g turkey mince
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 egg
  • handful breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 bunch parsley, chopped
  • 1 lemon, grated zest and juice
  • sea salt and pepper
  • oil for frying (sunflower or olive)
  • salad, dressing, tzatziki, potato wedges or bread to serve


  1. Mix everything in a bowl with your hands, squidging and squelching as you go.
  2. Form into small meatballs about the size of a walnut with the shell on (alternatively make into patties/burgers).
  3. Heat 1-2 tbsp oil in a large frying pan on a high-ish heat and place the meatballs quickly into the pan. Resist the urge to jiggle them about, move them or faff! They have to form a crust on the bottom so they won’t fall apart.
  4. After 3-4 minutes, gently loosen them and flip over, or roll the pan so they brown on all sides.
  5. Test to see if they’re done by piercing with a knife and he juices should be clear, not cloudy and there’s no pink meat left.

Serving: I like to serve these with a salad plus honey dressing and hummous thinned with a bit of milk or tzatziki. Potato wedges are also nice. If you eat bread, you could cram several into a pitta or burger bun and dress with the same salad/dressing/tzatziki.

My kids love them, plus they’re cheap so great for students too.


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