Turkey Burger with Herbed Yogurt Sauce


On a balmy summer evening we grill. It’s that simple. I was craving burgers but didn’t want anything too heavy. I decided to fire up the grill and do up some turkey burgers.

Don’t be fooled, with the right ingredients a simple turkey burger can be just as flavorful as a regular burger.

Given the plain backdrop of ground turkey I didn’t think ketchup wasn’t going to cut it. This was the perfect opportunity to get creative. I looked over at all the herbs in my garden and knew what to do –  a refreshing herbed yogurt sauce.

As usual, I improvised using a little yogurt, a little lemon to enhance the tanginess, some fresh cut herbs, and a little homegrown dried hot pepper mix. The result was light and fresh with just enough spice. To really showcase the fresh sauce I opted to serve these burgers in big leaves of lettuce. To make burger night extra fancy I topped each serving with a nasturtium from my garden.

The recipe made a lot more sauce than I needed for just a few burgers. I stored the extra in the fridge and tried it on everything from grilled vegetables to chicken to a simple salad. Worked perfectly every time.

Turkey Burgers with Herbed Yogurt Sauce

Serves 4


  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 4 large whole leaves of lettuce
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped chives
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¾ cup plain yogurt
  • Juice ½ lemon
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Fresh edible flowers (optional)


  1. In a blender add the basil, chives, garlic, crushed red pepper flakes, lemon juice and yogurt. Season with salt and pepper. Blend until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Heat grill to medium-high.
  3. Season the ground turkey with salt and pepper. Form into 4 patties.
  4. Place the patties on the grill and cook for 6 minutes. Flip and cook for another 8-10 minutes until well done.
  5. Remove the burgers from grill and serve each in a lettuce leaf topped with a spoonful of the herbed yogurt sauce.

Note:  Keep the extra sauce covered and refrigerated. It will stay fresh for up to 3 days.


Photos by Renato Ghio

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  1. Appetizing and juicy turkey burger I have to do it 🙂

  2. Glad you want to give it a try!

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