BBQ Turkey Burgers


Grilling is great. Living in Ohio there were only a few months out of the year that were ideal for grilling. Winter would be way too cold and summer could be brutally hot (I’m sure a lot of you know what I mean). But man we looked forward to those months. San Diego has grilling weather pretty much year round. So can you believe that we just now bought a grill? Crazy, right? As much as Jesse loves steak and I love experimenting with food, you would think that would have been one of our first purchases. But, I guess other things just got in the way. Regardless, we have one now and it’s awesome.

One of the first things I had to make were these burgers that I have had bookmarked for months. Lucky for me I had just enough left over pulled pork and BBQ sauce. And when I say lucky, I mean lucky. These burgers were awesome. I have a deep love for all things BBQ so I guess it’s not that surprising.

The few changes that I did make were because of what I had on hand, white onions instead of red and green onions, and ground turkey instead of ground chicken. Also, I didn’t plan ahead far enough (or I just missed it on the ingredient list, I’m not sure what happened) so I didn’t have cornbread made. I did however have a good ole stand-by box of Jiffy mix. So I just used a 1/4 cup of that. Worked perfectly. Oh, and I only needed 3 burgers so that’s all I made. Of course they were HUMONGOUS, so I recommend making 4.

BBQ Turkey Burgers

(Adapted from Pink Parsley)



1/2 cup crumbled cornbread or 1/4 cup cornmeal or 1/4 cup Jiffy cornbread mix
2 Tbsp minced onion
1 Tbsp minced fresh cilantro
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp kosher salt
pinch cayenne pepper
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1 lb ground turkey (or chicken)
2/3 cup chopped pulled pork
5 Tbs BBQ sauce, divided
1/2 red onion, sliced into rings
4 slices colby-jack cheese or extra sharp cheddar
4 burger buns
Oil for grill grates


Prepare your grill.

In a small bowl, combine the cornbread/meal/mix with the minced onion, cilantro, paprika, garlic powder, dry mustard, kosher salt, cayenne pepper, and brown sugar. In a medium bowl, combine the ground turkey, pulled pork and 3 Tbsp of BBQ sauce. Then mix the two together until thoroughly combined.

Shape into 4 even burgers. Place burgers and onion rings on preheated grill. Cook on one side for 5 minutes then flip to the other side. Brush the cooked side with the some of the remaining 2 TBSP of BBQ sauce and cook for 3-4 minutes. Flip one more time and brush with the rest of BBQ sauce. Place the grilled onions on top of the burgers and then top with cheese. Close the grill lid and cook until the cheese is melted. If you like your buns toasted, now is a good time to throw them on the grill.

This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Catherine

    >This looks so good! Adding this one to my list of recipes I need to try.

  2. Hezzi-D

    >These look amazing! Just the picture alone had my mouthwatering!

  3. Becky @ Becky Bakes

    >Oh my, these look fantastic. Worthy of firing up the grill for sure!

  4. Healthy Mamma

    >these look fabulous! i havn't had a turkey burger in a while. must have one right now! 😉

  5. Schmitty

    >Pulled pork in a turkey burger…genius! I generally try to mix different ingredients in the ground turkey to help keep the burgers moist, but I never thought of pulled pork. I must try this!

  6. Triple Whipple

    >I made these today and used ground chicken instead of turkey, with no pulled pork…Still verrrry good!

  7. Triple Whipple

    >I also don't have a grill so I sauteed them for a couple minutes on each side then finished baking them in the oven at 400 degrees…Delicious :]

  8. Kevin

    >That burger looks so good all covered in melted cheese! I like the use of the pulled pork in them!

  9. jennifer

    These were fantastic!! Best Turkey burger ever! I made a skinnier version by using low fat cheese, no pulled pork, cooked the onions for more flavor, and served on an Arnold 100 calorie whole wheat round sandwich thins.

    1. Jessica

      So glad you liked it! Thanks for sharing your tweaks!

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