Whoever said turkey burgers are bland really never tried my turkey burgers. These aren't just Italian seasoned turkey burgers, they're Italian Sausage Turkey Burgers. These have all the flavors of Italian Sausage and make perfect sandwiches for nights out on the deck. They're a quick, low point dinner that's only 130 calories per burger. Approved by many not following any kind of low calorie or WW meal plan, this delicious yet healthy turkey burger is a huge hit with my readers for good reason.
I like these Italian Sausage Turkey Burgers because they are packed with Italian sausage flavor, but they are still only 1 WW SP per burger (Purple and Blue), so I pair it with a nice, crusty roll. If you are a fan of Italian sausage, you’re going to love these.
Weight Watchers Italian turkey Burger
Like I said earlier, these turkey burgers are low point. On Weight Watchers, they are 1 smart point on blue and purple and 2 smart points on Green. If you are counting calories, these are only 130 calories.
Top these with some Zero Point Sauce, a little bit of mozzarella, and some arugula to have one classy burger. These Italian Sausage Turkey Burgers are great with a nice side salad, some pasta (have you tried my Italian Sausage Pasta Bake or One Pot Alfredo?) or a nice hearty bowl of Zuppa Toscana… and of course, wine.
If you haven’t made my homemade Italian turkey sausage, you're missing out.
I have a lot of recipes I love and that I’m very proud of, but my Zero Point Sausage is one that I’m most proud of. The reason for this is because it took so many tries to get it just right. When I finally did, I was ECSTATIC. I keep batches of this sausage fully cooked and frozen to mix into pasta for an easy meal or to top my pizzas for a flavorful, point friendly topping.
Better yet, if you haven’t made my turkey burgers, you’re just not living your best life
I sometimes buy ground turkey with the intention of being a better food blogger and making new recipes from my lists and lists of ideas, but then I always come back to my original turkey burger. They are so quick to make, and they’re so versatile.
For this burger, I took all of my usual ingredients and swapped my go-to spice with my zero-point Italian sausage blend. That’s it. That’s my creative genius. I don’t care that it’s not the most creative thing because these are so dang good.
Take your sandwich assembly to the next level with turkey burger toppings
The recipe below is for my Italian Sausage Turkey Burger. For tonight’s dinner, I ate these burgers on Trader Joe’s Ciabattini Bun (the kind that you finish baking at home). They’re 4 WW SP and great for this. They’re crusty and warm, and everything this burger and you deserve.
When the burgers were fully cooked on the grill, I moved them onto the top rack, ladeled on some of my zero point sauce (about ¼ cup), topped with 1oz of part skim mozzarella, and cooked until melty and perfect.
For the sandwich, I split the roll, ladled a little more sauce (I like my sandwiches sloppy), threw on a handful of baby arugula (for a peppery taste and fanciness), added my Italian Sausage Turkey Burger, and put the top bun on. That first bite was pure heaven.
It tasted like the kind of sandwich you’d buy wrapped in wax paper from a hidden-gem Italian deli. It was sloppy, cheesy, and so flavorful. I made pasta, but opted for just eating a second sandwich. No regrets.
- 1 lb lean ground turkey
- 1 egg
- ⅓ cup panko bread crumbs
- ⅓ part skim mozzarella
- 3 dashes worcestershire Sauce
- 1 tbsp Italian Seasoning
- ½ tbsp smoked paprika
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp fennel seeds
- ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
- ½ tbsp salt
1. Combine ingredients in a bowl.
2. Divide into 6 patties (they puff up, so don’t worry if they seem small). Wet hands make this easier.
3. Grill or pan fry for about 7 minutes or until the burgers reach an internal temperature of 165°.
I like to top these with 1/4 cup of sauce and another ounce of cheese for a delicious and satisfying sausage parm burger.
Serving Size:1 turkey burger
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 130Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 113mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 21g
Can I freeze turkey burgers?
You can freeze these raw or fully cooked. For fully cooked, I like to freeze uncovered for an hour before placing in a freezer bag. This helps them from sticking together.
How to cook a turkey burger
Turkey burgers are really easy to cook on the grill, on the stove, or even in an air fryer.
- Stovetop method: A little bit of cooking spray in your favorite pan (I prefer cast iron) and cook for about 6 minutes on medium heat.
- Grilling method: Grill on medium heat for about six minutes. Flip the turkey burger when the meat is opaque and you start seeing golden brown edges.
- Air fryer method: Air fry at 380°F for about 8 minutes. Reminder, every air fryer is different so check after about 6 minutes to make sure.