Garlic and Ranch Turkey Burgers

I have been wanting to make something with ground turkey for a while now because it is not only rather healthy, but one recipe can be used for multiple meals like dinner with leftovers for bento box lunches.

Tonight I tried out a recipe from for Garlic and Ranch Turkey Burgers. It sounded flavorful enough without being overpowering. The result? Flavorful, juicy burgers without one flavor dominating. I didn’t use a bun for my burger, but paired it with a spinach salad with strawberries, mandarin oranges, tomatoes, cucumbers, and avocado. (The salad could have used feta crumbles or something similar, but it was a VERY good pairing with this protein.)

Below is the recipe from the site, my notes afterward.

Garlic and Ranch Turkey Burgers


1 pound ground turkey
1 (1 ounce) package ranch dressing mix
1 egg
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
seasoned salt and pepper to taste
Recommendation: Add 1/4 c or more of plain bread crumbs


  • Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat, and lightly oil the grate.
  • Knead together the turkey, ranch mix, egg, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, and pepper in a bowl until evenly combined; divide into 4 equal portions and form into patties.
  • Cook on the preheated grill about 5 minutes per side for well done. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

Aili’s Notes:

Maybe it was the turkey I got (85/15), but this was a very “wet” recipe. There were comments posted to the original recipe that people added 1/4 cup of bread crumbs. I think I added somewhere closer to 3/4 cup to 1 cup of bread crumbs so the meat would actually hold together as a patty.

I made these on a Foreman Grill since I live in an apartment. Even with the added breadcrumbs, the lid from the Foreman grill smushed them down to about 1/4″-1/2″ thick. I also used a Sliders maker for the mini-burgers, but those actually have space to form the patties so they don’t smush.

The benefit to doing a recipe like this is that the recipe makes 4 burgers. Well, I made 2 burgers for dinner, then a bunch (20) of mini-burgers for the bento stash.

Ktok put his burger on a bun complete with ketchup, mayo, and fat-free cheese and said it was excellent. I’m sure if we had it on hand he would have loved slices of tomato, onion, and lettuce too.

Posted on May 3, 2011, in Recipes and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Thanks for sharing your experience about the recipe. That’s always so useful. Great post.

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