Grilled Turkey Burgers with Manchego

Recipe: Grilled Turkey Burgers with Manchego

Using a combination of dark and light meat turkey makes a particularly tender and flavorful burger. Add another layer of flavor with crispy root chips on the burger. You’ll feel like a kid again.

Grilled Turkey Burgers with Manchego

Serves 6


  • 2 pounds ground turkey (preferably 1 pound thigh and 1 pound breast)
  • ½ cup dry bread crumbs
  • ½ medium red onion, grated (other half thinly sliced into rings for serving)
  • ¼ cup basil pesto
  • ¾ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored and cut into quarters
  • 6 ounces manchego cheese, sliced
  • ½ cup Dalmatia Organic Fig Spread
  • Fresh arugula, for garnish
  • Root vegetables chips, for garnish (optional)
  • 6 Whole Foods Market Brioche Hamburger Buns


Prepare a grill for medium-heat cooking. In a large bowl combine turkey, bread crumbs, grated onion, pesto and salt. Gently mix together until just combined. Divide the mixture into 6 equal portions ­­— the mixture will be quite moist — and press into ¾-inch-thick patties.

Grill burgers and peppers on an oiled rack until browned on one side, about 5 minutes. Flip and grill on the other side, about 4 minutes. Add cheese to burgers and place buns cut-side down on grill, cover and continue cooking until a thermometer reads 160°F and juices run clear, about 1 minute more.

Slice peppers into thick strips. Serve burgers on buns with fig spread, arugula, onion, pepper strips and chips (if using).  

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