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Savoury Turkey Burgers with Cranberry Mayo

Savoury Turkey Burgers with Cranberry Mayo

Have you ever had a turkey burger?  You should.  No really, you should.  They are the most scrumptious, lean and juicy burger you will ever have. 

So when I was contacted by the Turkey Farmers of Canada about participating in their Great Grilling Turkey Trial, I happily agreed!  I have no problem spreading the word on how scrumptious turkey is, because we love turkey in our home, all year round, summer included! And I knew just the recipe I wanted to share with you!

Savoury Turkey Burgers with Cranberry Mayo

This recipe is one of our favourites for summer time grilling.  It’s a little bit summer BBQ and a little bit Thanksgiving turkey.  The herbs in these burgers, combined with the cranberry mayonnaise makes for the perfect turkey burger.  Serve with potato salad for a great summer dinner!

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Savoury Turkey Burgers with Cranberry Mayo

Savoury Turkey Burgers with Cranberry Mayo



Turkey Burgers

  • 2 lbs ground turkey
  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 tsp thyme
  • 3/4 tsp ground sage
  • salt & pepper to taste ((I use them generously))

Cranberry Mayo

  • 1/2 cup whole berry cranberry sauce ((basically half a can, and just freeze the rest for later))
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise


Making the burgers:

  1. In a bowl combine all the above ingredients.
  2. Shape into burger patties in the size of your choice. From my experience with using ground turkey, there isn’t much shrinkage during cooking. They are so meaty that they tend to stay pretty much the same size. Bonus!
  3. Tip! These burgers are best if they have a chance to refrigerate for at least 1 hour or more. This allows for all the flavours to infuse and the burgers to set.
  4. On a medium to high heat BBQ, cook the burgers until they reach an end point temperature of 165 degrees.

Making the Cranberry Mayo:

  1. Combine the cranberry sauce and mayonnaise.
  2. Refrigerate until you are ready to use.

Putting the burgers together:

  1. Once your burgers are cooked, stuff them in a bun, top them with the cranberry mayonnaise, and other toppings of your choice (lettuce, tomatoes, onions), and enjoy!

So don’t forget about turkey the next time you BBQ! Trust me, you won’t be sorry! 

Have a delicious day!

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    July 9, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    The picture looks absolutely mouth-watering. Thanks Jo-Anna for a fabulous recipe.

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    Ali Richardson
    July 9, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    Yum! That looks really good!! I love adding the cranberry – perfection!

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    North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard
    July 9, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    The picture does say it all, Jo-Anna. My sister loves Homemade Turkey burgers as well, especially since the are the lean and healthier choice of burger. Thank you for sharing the Turkey burger recipe.

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    July 9, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    I love Turkey Burgers and my mama loves ANYTHING with cranberry! I will be making these for her….they look delish!

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    July 9, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    that turkey burger looks delish, will definately be trying, along with the cranberry-mayo.
    I have tried many of your recipes, everything has been perfect-thanks

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    July 9, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    Oh my gosh, that looks so good, its making me so hungry right now! This is on my do list for my bbq for this weekend! Thanks for the great recipe Jo-anna!

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    Catie @ Catie's Corner
    July 10, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    That looks delish, Jo-Anna! I’ve never made turkey burgers. I’ll have to try it. I usually buy frozen hamburger patties and have only made homemade burgers a couple times. I hate how every time I make them I squish the patties really flat, but when they cook, they almost turn into balls. Any idea why?? I would love the cranberry mayo. Those two are a must on my leftover Thanksgiving turkey sandwich. I’ll definitely just be mixing the two together right away from now on.

    Aren’t you loving this weather! I just don’t like my bedroom being soo hot at night. Yuck! I’m hitting Stampede Thursday. Can’t wait!! =) Have a great week.

    ~ Catie

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    July 16, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    Thanks for sharing this! I have some turkey burgers in the freezer and I have been trying to find the perfect sauce to put on them. So far I’ve had them with honey mustard and bbq sauces, but this one sounds even better! I found your lovely blog via I should be mopping’s hop 🙂


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    Cheerios and Lattes
    July 22, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    The burgers look great! I would love to invite you to share this on Saturday Show and Tell: ( I know that my readers would appreciate this and some of your other posts. Thanks and have a great weekend.

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    Colleen at Forty Something Bride
    July 23, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    You know, I am not keen on ground beef hamburgers, but I never thought to try ground turkey. I guess my only concern would be to cook them to the right temperature and still keep them juicy. I will give this recipe a shot – thanks – I am in a battle to lower my cholesterol through diet right now…don’t want to do pills if I don’t have to, and this will help!

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