Turkey Burgers with Basil Mayonnaise

basil turkey burgerTurkey Burgers with Basil Mayonnaise on Whole Wheat Buns

I didn’t used to like ground turkey.  Back in my previous life with no grocery budget to speak of, I’d buy ground turkey because it was cheaper than ground beef.  But it was gristly and just didn’t taste good.  I came across some ground turkey breast on a manager’s special at my grocery store and thought I’d give it another go.  After much searching, I found this amazing recipe.  I’ve made it twice now, tweaked it a bit here and there, and it is a WONDERFUL sandwich.


¼ cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon sliced fresh basil

¼ cup whole milk
2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
1 tablespoon sliced basil
1 tablespoon dry bread crumbs, Italian style
⅛ teaspoon Kosher or sea salt
⅛ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1 pound ground turkey breast
4 whole wheat hamburger buns


sharp knife and cutting board

measuring cups and spoons


frying pan or griddle


meat thermometer


Slice basil.

Chop onion.


Mix 1 TBS sliced basil with mayonnaise.  Cover and put in refrigerator for 20 minutes.

basil in mayomayo mixed


Mix milk, seasonings, bread crumbs, and onion in a bowl.

mix all

Add the ground turkey and mix well.

mix turkey

Form into four patties.

grill patties

Cook on a frying pan or a griddle at medium heat until the internal temperature reaches 165° degrees F.  Be careful because the 19-month-old is going to try to reset everything if he gets ahold of the thermometer and all sorts of alarms and such will go off.


Slice whole wheat hamburger buns.

slice hamburger

Spread basil mayonnaise on either side.

spread mayo

Put lettuce on one side.  Place a cooked patty on the other.

turkey one side

Put together and enjoy.  I serve with Scrumptious Sweet Potato Sticks.



4 turkey burgers

Very high in selenium
High in niacin

I would love to hear any feedback about this recipe.  Did you make it?  Did you enjoy it?  Did you make any adjustments to it?


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