Thanksgiving Turkey Burgers (An Entire Thanksgiving Dinner Between 2 Buns)

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  • These Thanksgiving Turkey Burgers combine all of your Thanksgiving favorites and make them into one delectable sandwich! You’ll never want a lettuce, tomato and onion burger again!

    Turkey burger on a brioche roll with herbed mayo and cranberry sauce

    What do you get when you combine cranberry sauce, turkey and a brioche roll? These amazing Thanksgiving Turkey Burgers!

    Do you have a favorite food? Or maybe a favorite type of food like Italian or Mexican? I can easily say that Thanksgiving food is hands down my favorite.

    Make sure to PIN Thanksgiving Turkey Burgers!

    From the stuffing to the cranberry sauce, and even the rolls, I haven’t met a Thanksgiving dish I don’t like! In fact, I make a lot of those dishes year round, because good food like that shouldn’t be limited to one day a year. Who’s with me?? 

    Ingredients for Thanksgiving Turkey Burgers

    The only thing I don’t like about it is all the work that goes along with it. Just think about all of the classic Thanksgiving dishes and how much time each of them take.

    You have to peel, cut, boil and mash the potatoes. Brine, roast and carve the turkey. Make dough, let it rise and then bake the rolls. That’s a lot of work and time.

    Turkey burger patties with bread crumbs on a cutting board

    These Thanksgiving Turkey Burgers are your saving grace! They have all of the best parts of a Thanksgiving meal wrapped up into a quick and easy sandwich.

    The inspiration came while watching the show The Final Table on Netflix. One of the challenges when “visiting” the US was to create a non-traditional Thanksgiving meal.

    Cooked turkey burger patty in a skillet

    What better to combine than two iconic American dishes: the burger and Thanksgiving dinner.

    For this turkey burger, the traditional stuffing comes in two places. First, blended into the homemade turkey burger patty with carrots and onion.

    Instead of adding another semi-liquidy vegetable (even though they are sweat out), I opted for celery seed.

    Turkey burger with leafy greens and brioche bun ajar

    The trick to these Thanksgiving Turkey Burgers to make the pieces small enough that they will bind with lean ground turkey, which is already a tough element to form into patties due to it being so lean.

    PRO TIP: Grate carrots and onion with a micrograter or give them a few spins in a mini food processor.

    So you have to minced it up small, even grate it, and then sweat it out. Which is just a fancy word for cooking them so they lose water.

    Thanksgiving turkey burger secured with a toothpick and garnished with sweet potato fries

    Next, the bread crumbs on the outside of the burger help to keep it’s body, but also get a little crunchy, like the tops and edges of a good dressing casserole.

    The fresh herbs that you’d typically find dressed on a bird or in the stuffing. I choose sage, rosemary and thyme. You can pick your own trifecta of herb deliciousness, if you choose.

    Then you add the sauce. It is basically a fresh herb aioli, but here we will call it herbed mayonnaise.

    Close up of Thanksgiving Turkey Burger from the side

    Next, the cranberry sauce, of course! Make it from scratch or buy it in a can, whichever you please.

    There are two types of people in this world. Those that like a fresh, chunky cranberry sauce and those who enjoy a jellied sauce cut out of a can.

    Lastly, the bread. I felt like a yeasty brioche was the best bet. Buttery and hearty, it makes for the perfect base and also mimics dressing.

    Buttery Brioche Rolls Recipe- buttery, pillowy, buttery, tender, buttery... did I say buttery, BRIOCHE!
    The rolls pictures were store bought because I was low on time, but you can make your own Brioche Rolls using my recipe HERE!

    And there ya go- Thanksgiving dinner in one bite. Except the sweet potato casserole… For that, I made Brown Sugar Cinnamon Sweet Potato Fries. They really hit the spot!

    Serving plate of seasoned sweet potato fries

    To start making these juicy turkey burgers, you will want to add olive oil, grated onion and carrots to a skillet over medium high heat. Cook them until reduced in size, but keep their shape.

    Then, in a large bowl, combine the ground turkey, carrots, celery seed, 1 tablespoon bread crumbs, garlic powder, pepper and egg. Be sure not to over mix! Form the mixture into four equal sized patties.

    Pour the remaining bread crumbs on a plate, and cover each side of the patties with them. Cook the burgers on a skillet until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.

    Side view of Thanksgiving Turkey Burger

    Then onto the herbed mayonnaise. It’a a simple blend of mayonnaise, sage, thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper. Combine all of those ingredients together in a small bowl. An herb aioli, really.

    To assemble delicious Thanksgiving Turkey Burgers, simply put a layer of leafy greens on the bottom bun, top with a patty, slather on some mayo, and then the cranberry sauce.

    Add the top bun, and you’re done! Who knows, maybe you’ll skip the whole Thanksgiving spread and just whip up a batch of these delicious turkey burgers!

    Thanksgiving Turkey Burger for Pinterest

    If you liked these Thanksgiving Turkey Burgers, check out these other Thanksgiving inspired dishes:

    And even more delicious burger recipes!

    Questions you might have about how to make turkey burgers:

    Can I freeze these burgers?

    You can freeze the patties raw or cooked. They will be good for up to 3 months if packaged correctly.

    Can I use jellied cranberry sauce?

    You can use whatever type of cranberry sauce you desire.

    What temperature should I cook turkey burgers to?

    Turkey burgers are quite different from the red meat of beef burgers that can be cooked medium rare.

    Ground turkey should be heated to an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Use an instant read digital thermometer to get an accurate read.

    Can I use a different aioli?

    Sure! Lemon garlic Aioli would be my second choice, but check out all of my aioli recipes!

    Close up of Thanksgiving Turkey Burgers for Pinterest


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    Thanksgiving Turkey Burgers

    What do you get when you combine cranberry sauce, turkey and a brioche roll? These amazing Thanksgiving Turkey Burgers! So juicy and delicious!
    Prep Time15 mins
    Cook Time20 mins
    Total Time35 mins
    Course: Main Course, Main Dish
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: turkey burger
    Servings: 4
    Calories: 629kcal


    Turkey Burger Patties:

    Herbed Mayonnaise:



    • In a small skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil with carrots and onion over medium heat. Cook until reduced in size and opaque.
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine ground turkey with grated carrots, onion, celery seed, 1 tablespoon seasoned bread crumbs, garlic powder, black pepper and lightly beaten egg. Incorporate ingredients, but do not over mix.
    • Form into 4 equal size burger patties.
    • Place remaining bread crumbs onto a plate or other shallow dish. Dredge each patty to cover it in bread crumbs.
    • Heat tablespoon olive oil over medium high heat in a skillet.
    • Working in batches, cook 2 of the turkey burgers, about 4 on each side, or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
    • Cook next batch with last 1 tablespoon olive oil. You can do them together as long as you have a large enough skillet.
    • In a small bowl, combine all ingredients for herbed mayonnaise. This includes mayo, sage, thyme, rosemary and fine sea salt.
    • On each roll, place a small amount of leafy greens, followed by a cooked turkey burger patty, then herbed mayo and cranberry sauce.
    • If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was!


    Calories: 629kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 115mg | Sodium: 840mg | Potassium: 472mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 937IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 4mg

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