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
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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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