The problem with most turkey burgers is that they are either healthy, but don’t really taste good or they’re tasty, but not really healthy (restaurant turkey burgers clock in at about 1,000 calories!). To cook up a totally terrific lean turkey burger every time is not hard, it just takes a few tricks. Trick number one: start with the right meat (see ‘Tip’ below). Trick number two: add egg and breadcrumbs to the meat for extra moistness. Trick number three: add seasonings to seal the deal for a turkey burger that puts a plain hamburger to shame!

Makes 5 servings


  • 1¼ pounds lean ground turkey
  • 3 tablespoons breadcrumbs
  • 1 green onion, finely minced
  • 1 large egg white
  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • Lettuce leaves
  • Sliced tomatoes
  • 5 white whole-grain hamburger buns (like Pepperidge Farm brand)


  1. In a large bowl, mix together the turkey, breadcrumbs, green onion, egg white, garlic salt, and black pepper until all ingredients are thoroughly incorporated.
  2. Evenly separate the turkey mixture into 5 balls and flatten well to form burger patties.
  3. Heat a grill or spray a non-stick grill pan with cooking spray and place over medium high heat. Add the patties to the pan and cook the turkey burgers about 4 minutes per each side or to 165ºF.

Tip: Ninety-three percent lean turkey breast offers the best blend of good health and great taste with 68% less fat than regular ground beef. Eighty-five percent lean ground turkey includes dark meat and a whopping 68% of its calories actually come from fat, while healthy 99% lean ground turkey is simply too lean to produce a moist burger.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 Burger
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 290
Total Fat 10g
Saturated Fat 2.5g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 90mg
Sodium 510mg
Total Carb 18g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 2g
Protein 29g

Food Exchanges: 4 Lean Meat, 1 Starch
Carbohydrate Choices: 1
Weight Watcher Point Plus Comparison: 8