Thanksgiving comes once a year, but this Thanksgiving Turkey Burger is something you can have all year long. Unlike your aunt's dry turkey she woke up at dawn to begin cooking and ruin, this Thanksgiving turkey burger is moist, flavorful, and a quick dinner you can have on a weeknight.
Even better, this Thanksgiving turkey burger is only 1 WW SP which means you can load it with all your favorite Thanksgiving toppings without having to unbutton your pants to fully enjoy--am I the only heathen that does that at Thanksgiving? Perfect for a Friendsgiving menu or just a regular Tuesday night, these healthy Thanksgiving turkey burgers come together in about 20 minutes and are so satisfying.
If you have been following my blog for a while, you know I love turkey burgers. They're a staple in my house with so many different varieties-- my Original, Southwest, and Italian Sausage turkey burgers to name a few.
We have hosted Thanksgiving since we got our first place. I've always loved Thanksgiving for the sheer competitive nature of it. I'm not talking about Instagramming the best spread, but just the epic time management and planning that goes into it.
Our first Thanksgiving we had over 30 people crammed in our little house, yet our oven was so tiny it couldn't even fit a turkey. We pulled it off even though we did have to literally move all of our living room furniture to the basement to fit everyone.
Since then, Thanksgiving has been my Super Bowl. It's like I've trained all year for this one epic meal. This year (2019), however, we are sitting out.
Yes, to my family's chagrin we are not hosting Thanksgiving. Instead, we are headed to the Happiest Place on Earth for a trip to Disney with our girls. I'm so excited to go back that I have won't miss cooking our annual feast.
Thanksgiving at Disney is Amazing
We went to Disney almost two years ago. Our youngest was about 11 months old and our oldest was just shy of 4. It was the first time traveling on an airplane with kids. The first time doing Disney as adults. The first time spending that kind of money on a trip since our honeymoon.
It was overwhelming and stressful planning it and paying for it… but man, was it worth it.
So yeah, as much as I love hosting, skipping 2019 Thanksgiving for Disney.
Thanksgiving Turkey Burger with Stuffing
Just because we are skipping doesn't mean I'm not competing. In fact, I'm celebrating Thanksgiving November long with different Thanksgiving dishes for a full Thanksgiving feast or a much more casual Friendsgiving Thanksgiving fare.
This Thanksgiving Turkey Burger is perfect for those who want Thanksgiving flavor, but none of that hassle of cooking everything.
The secret ingredient for this turkey burger comes with a swap I wish I thought about sooner--stuffing mix. I took boxed stuffing mix and swapped it out for my usual panko breadcrumbs. Since stuffing can vary, make sure to scan using the app but mine was 3 WW SP for an ounce of you follow WW.
For my spices, I used fresh thyme, rosemary, and sage plus a few other Thanksgiving spices and voila--THANKSGIVING TURKEY BURGERS.
Thanksgiving turkey burger toppings
I topped this with some leftover mashed potatoes and a little bit of stuffing I made with the remaining stuffing mix. A fan of cranberry sauce? Add it on top for sure.
You may think adding mashed potatoes and stuffing to a sandwich is hardly the kind of food you should be eating on WW, but you'd be wrong. One, we are not food police here. Two, live a little--you deserve it. Three, you could skip the butter and use chicken stock for the stuffing. The portions on the burger are still super small (I used about 1/4 cup stuffing and three tablespoons of mashed potatoes). Again though, live a little. You deserve mashed potatoes.
Can you freeze turkey burgers?
Absolutely. I freeze these all the time. You can freeze the mixture raw and portioned or after you fully cooked the burger.
Thanksgiving Turkey Meatballs?
I'm glad you asked. Not only are these delicious turkey burgers, they make a mean turkey meatball. Instead of 6 burgers, make these into 20 meatballs. Roast at 400 for about 20 minutes and serve as appetizers for your next socially distant Friendsgiving.
- 1 lb 99% lean ground turkey
- 1 oz boxed stuffing mix (crushed into breadcrumbs)
- 1 tbsp sage (finely chopped)
- 1 tbsp thyme
- 1/2 tbsp rosemary
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup part skim mozzarella
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°.
This recipe uses fresh herbs. If you are using dry, use half the measurements. I topped my turkey burgers with mashed potatoes and stuffing--only a few tablespoons are necessary for an epic sandwich.
Serving Size:1 burger
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 154Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 80mgSodium: 209mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 5gSugar: 0gProtein: 22g
Ready for fall already? Check out some of my favorite fall recipes
- Butternut Squash Soup
- Baked Potato Soup
- Zuppa Toscana
- Pumpkin Scones
- Chicken Pot Pie Skillet
- Zero Point Chipotle Chili
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