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Recipe: Delicious, Quick and Cheap Turkey Burgers

The beauty of the homemade burger is that you can throw in all manner of healthy greenery

The beauty of the homemade burger is that you can throw in all manner of healthy greenery

Making your own burgers is the only way, and if done properly: delicious, delicious. You can sit at home and imagine you are at Gourmet Burger but gloat that you made it yourself.

Use mince of course, but my special slant is: Turkey Mince. Peter says he’s a bit put off by the idea, but I’ve told him not to knock it till he tries it: Turkey Mince burgers are utterly yummy, and don’t cost much. I paid €2.99 for 500g of said mince from Tesco, which was enough to make four big plump juicy burgers.


  • 500g turkey mince
  • 1 medium shallot, chopped to oblivion
  • 1/8 each of red and yellow pepper chopped into teeny tiny pieces
  • 1/4 bird’s eye chilli (optional), chopped finely
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Handful fresh spinach leaves, chopped finely
  • Handful fresh herbs, to taste. I used parsley, as it is super-healthy. Try oregano, or experiment!

Now, this sounds like a strange mish-mash, but it works. It is a GREAT way to get vegetables into children without them really noticing. I used spinach and pepper, but you can go wild and use whatever you fancy.


Fry the shallot in a little bit of butter or oil at a medium heat for a few minutes, then add the peppers and chilli. Cook until the shallot is translucent, and the peppers soft. Leave aside. Put the turkey mince in a big bowl, and add salt and pepper. Throw in the spinach, fresh herbs and shallot/chilli/pepper mix. Then put in the egg yolk, mix well with a spoon or knife, and bring the whole mixture together. This is your divine burger mixture. Divide into four, or six if you like your burgers smaller. I barbecued mine, but you can grill them or fry them. Just keep an eye on them and cook them on a medium heat for ten minutes on each side – you want the mince to be cooked through. This goes for all mince.

To Serve

I got some lovely soft white baps from my local baker, and served them with tomato sauce on the side, and a bag of chips from the local chipper divided into three! You could toast the buns, and add a nice relish, and serve a shaved parmesan and tomato salad on the side, or try without the bun and with potato wedges on the side (cut up a few potatoes, throw them on heated oil from a preheated baking tray in the oven, add a few cloves of garlic and some thyme and rosemary. That’s it!)

One Comment

  1. Hi Guys,

    I do agree that making your own burgers is fun, healthy and delicious, however it is also time consuming.

    If ya want to take the hassle out of it without compromising on the quality go to

    they are mighty !! ……even if i do say so myself !!