Smoky Turkey Burgers #SundaySupper

by Anne Papina on September 8, 2013

Smoky Turkey Burgers #SundaySupper | Webicurean

It’s hard to believe a year has passed since our last virtual tailgate party, yet here we are. This week the #SundaySupper crew has another winning game day lineup in store, and Lane over at Supper for a Steal is hosting. Last year I whipped up a luscious potato salad with bacon and peas… and this year I bring you my almost famous smoky turkey burgers.

You knew there had to be a story there, right? So here’s the deal, sometimes referred to as “the Better Homes & Gardens story.” Many, many moons ago, I was the office manager/paralegal/girl Friday for a small law firm. This meant I also covered the phones for our receptionist’s break. One morning while covering her break, I was flipping through her BH&G magazine and noticed that month’s recipe contest was for ground meat. Sounds like my kind of challenge! So in that 15 minutes, I concocted this recipe, typed it up, mailed it in, and frankly, didn’t give it another thought.

Fast forward a few months, and I receive a winners’ notification–while I didn’t get first prize, I did receive honorable mention, an award certificate, and a Weber gas grill. Funny how things work out. I had never actually made the burgers, so I promptly invited some friends over to give them a try. Damn they were good! And that’s the story of the burgers that never were.

Smoky Turkey Burgers #SundaySupper | Webicurean

Add the turkey, cheese, and seasonings to a bowl, and mix thoroughly (go ahead, use your hands).

Smoky Turkey Burgers #SundaySupper | Webicurean

Divide into 4 patties, and place on a heated grill. So where’s that fancy Weber gas grill you wonder? Well, I lived at the beach for years, and eventually it succumbed to the rust.

Smoky Turkey Burgers #SundaySupper | Webicurean

But this handy-dandy indoor grill works just fine. Now don’t forget to toast the rolls!

Smoky Turkey Burgers #SundaySupper | Webicurean

Enjoy with your favorite garnish (I’ve added my suggestions to the recipe card below).

Here’s the printable version:

Smoky Turkey Burgers
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Shredded smoked Gouda cheese helps keep these burgers moist and delicious.
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • ½ cup shredded smoked Gouda cheese (about 2 oz)
  • 1 tsp poultry seasoning
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp pepper
  • Dash or two Tabasco
  • Non-stick spray coating
  • 4 Kaiser rolls, split and toasted
  • Mayonnaise
  • Dijon mustard
  • lettuce leaves
  • 1 medium tomato, sliced
  • 1 small red onion, sliced
  1. In a large mixing bowl combine turkey, cheese, poultry seasoning, salt, pepper, and Tabasco. Shape into four ¾-inch thick patties.
  2. Spray a cold grill rack with nonstick spray coating. Grill patties directly over medium-hot coals for 15-18 minutes or till no pink remains. (Or broil patties 4-5 inches from heat for 10-12 minutes or till no pink remains)
  3. Spread mayo and mustard onto rolls. Serve patties in buns with lettuce, tomato, and onion.


Take a look at all the wonderful foodstuff the others are bringing to our Second Annual Virtual Tailgate Party!

Warm Ups (Appetizers):

Game Time (Main Dishes and Sides):

Overtime (Drinks and Desserts):

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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Stacy September 8, 2013 at 1:24 am

I love that story, Anne! To think that someone somewhere in the Weber test kitchen made your burgers before you did! Turkey can be so dry but your additions, especially the cheese, look like they make a tender tasty patty. Delicious!
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The Ninja Baker September 8, 2013 at 2:15 am

I’d say that was one very efficient and rewarding way to help out the receptionist, Anne. Hats off to your well honed culinary skills which obviously paid off. And, yes, the photos and recipe reveal award winning burgers!


Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers September 8, 2013 at 5:41 am

Congrats on the mention! The burgers looks incredible!!!
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Lane @ Spper for a Steal September 8, 2013 at 5:44 am

Great story! We love smoked gouda and ground turkey burgers. I can’t wait to give these burgers a try.
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Nicole @ Daily Dish Recipes September 8, 2013 at 6:07 am

Your story made me laugh out loud. I love that you hadn’t tried them, and then afterward invited everyone over to try them. Thank goodness they were good, though I can see and read that they are good. These look fabulous!
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Renee September 8, 2013 at 9:59 am

Hysterical you got an honorable mention in BH&G without ever actually making the recipe you sent in for the contest. Well, at least you finally did and the burgers look wonderful.
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Heather @girlichef September 8, 2013 at 10:42 am

No way! I cannot imagine entering a recipe into a contest without trying it first. That’s balls, woman ;). But hey, just one look at the recipe, and I understand…such amazing flavors. I need to invite people over to try some, too!
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Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious September 8, 2013 at 11:10 am

Greatest story about entering a recipe contest…like…EVER!
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Bea September 8, 2013 at 11:53 am

Whoo what a productive and exciting way to spend a lunch break! A belated congratulations is in order 🙂 This burger sounds and looks simply divine.
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Shannon R September 8, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Congrats! These burgers look right up my husbands alley. You rock with just knowing what flavours are going to work and what’s not. Good job.
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Jen @JuanitasCocina September 8, 2013 at 12:20 pm

I LOVE that you put the cheese right in the meat! These would win any award in my book!
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Marjory @ Dinner-Mom September 8, 2013 at 1:21 pm

I bet these are super moist and have to be winner with the gouda cheese mixed in. Very nice recipe!
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Megan @ I Run For Wine September 8, 2013 at 1:34 pm

What a great story! I love that you won without making the burgers first!!! Awesome 🙂 and if BHG gave you a nom for this, I must make them myself.
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Kim@Treats & Trinkets September 8, 2013 at 2:58 pm

I don’t eat much red meat, so turkey burgers are totally my jam. And if BH&G saw fit to give these a prize, I have to try them!
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Lauren @ Healthy Delicious September 8, 2013 at 5:17 pm

What a fun story! These burgers look great. I’m not normally a huge fan of turkey burgers, but adding smoked gouda sounds like it would really perk them up!
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Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes September 9, 2013 at 4:24 am

After that story, I’m certainly trying these! They look awesome anyway, and perfect tailgating food Anne!
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Sarah Reid, RHNC (@jo_jo_ba) September 9, 2013 at 9:50 am

We used to have turkey burgers all the time at home, these look amazing
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Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons September 10, 2013 at 6:59 pm

Oh, that story is hilarious! Funny how things work out like that. Glad you ended up trying them and they were just as good as you thought they would be 🙂
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Cindys Recipes and Writings September 13, 2013 at 2:07 am

I use smoked gouda a lot, sounds so good for turkey burgers!
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Constance @FoodieArmyWife September 14, 2013 at 5:50 pm

Smoked Gouda and grilled turkey??? Now THAT is a seriously good burger!
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Laura Dembowski September 15, 2013 at 12:06 pm

I’m not always a burger fan, but these have such perfect grill marks and are presented so well, i know I wouldn’t be able to resist!
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Anne Papina September 22, 2013 at 10:20 pm

Thanks, enjoy!


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