Elevate your grilling experience with these tantalizing Turkey Burgers! Stuffed with sundried tomatoes and topped with a zesty Lemon-Green Onion Sauce, they’re a burst of irresistible flavors that will leave you craving more. Don’t settle for ordinary burgers when you can indulge in this flavor-packed delight!

Grilling season is upon us, so I have burgers on the mind. While I love a traditional ground beef burger from time to time, I also like to experiment with making burgers with ground turkey. Plain ground turkey with nothing added can produce a bland and dry burger – but it also makes a great blank canvas on which to create!

I like adding chopped mushrooms to my turkey burgers because they add both flavor and moisture. But, one day we were at our mountain home and I had no mushrooms – and didn’t feeling like making the 20 minute trek to the nearest grocery store. But, I did have a jar of sundried tomatoes packed in oil. So, I decided to use those in place of mushrooms, and started building from there with other ingredients I had on hand, that I thought would pair well with both the tomatoes as well as the turkey (shallots, basil, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce). These Sundried Tomato Turkey Burgers are the result, and they are the bomb! Robert loves them (and I do, too!).

White platter with Sundried Tomato Turkey Burger and Lemon-Green Onion Sauce on a pretzel bun

While these burgers are super delicious simply served on a bun with lettuce, tomato and red onion, they are even MORE scrumptious if you add on this fresh and tangy Lemon-Green Onion Sauce, that takes just a few minutes to prepare.

Note: In terms of a bun, I recommend Brioche or pretzel (pictured). I have found both at Whole Foods, City Market and King Soopers (part of Kroger).

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white platter with two Sundried Tomato Turkey Burgers with Lemon-Green Onion Sauce

Sundried Tomato Turkey Burgers

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These Sundried Tomato Turkey Burgers are super moist and flavorful on their own, and are even more scrumptious with the addition of a Lemon-Green Onion Sauce!

  • Yield: 6 servings 1x



Sundried Tomato Turkey Burgers

  • 1/2 cup chopped shallots (around 1 large)
  • 1/4 cup chopped drained oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes (around 2 to 3 ounces)
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Panko (or homemade) breadcrumbs
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil (or 2 teaspoons dried)
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • Vegetable or canola oil, for grilling

Lemon-Green Onion Sauce

  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (I use nonfat, but any will work) – can also use sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion (white, light green and some of the dark green portion)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Fresh ground pepper, to taste

For Serving

  • 6 hamburger buns – I prefer pretzel or brioche
  • Lettuce leaves
  • Sliced fresh tomatoes
  • Sliced red onion


Sundried Tomato Turkey Burgers

  1. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the shallots, sundried tomatoes, garlic, breadcrumbs, mustard, basil, Worcestershire sauce and beaten egg. Using your hands, blend in ground turkey until well mixed. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Form turkey mixture into 6 patties around 1/2 to 3/4-inch thick and place on a cookie sheet. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Lemon-green onion sauce

  1. While the burgers are resting in the refrigerator, make the sauce: in a small mixing bowl, stir together the yogurt (or sour cream), mayonnaise, green onion, lemon zest and lemon juice. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate.

Cooking and serving

  1. Preheat grill on medium-high.
  2. Once hot, carefully oil grill grates.
  3. Grill turkey patties for 5 minutes; flip and continue cooking until an instant read thermometer inserted in the middle reached 165 degrees, around 4 to 5 more minutes.
  4. Serve immediately on hamburger buns with Lemon-Green Onion Sauce, lettuce, sliced tomato and sliced red onion.


Make ahead: Burgers can be prepared but not grilled earlier in the day, covered and refrigerated. Lemon-Green Onion Sauce can be prepared up to 2 days in advance, covered and refrigerated.

  • Author: (By Lee Clayton Roper)
  • Category: Main dish, poultry, camping, easy entertaining
  • Method: Grilling
  • Cuisine: American

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  1. I couldn’t find shallots so I chopped up 1/2 cup of green onions very finely. I also used plain yogurt instead of sour cream. My local store did not have pretzel buns but the nice sesame ones I bought worked out great. The sauce is very good with the burgers. I would not skip that.
    This is a delicious recipe! I was very pleased with the results and will definitely make it again!

    1. Thanks Margaret! I love when people personalize my recipes, based on their tastes and/or what ingredients they have available. Your changes sound yummy.

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I am inspired by my mother, Sally’s, love of cooking and entertaining to gather friends and family together over great meals and conversation. In fact, I held my first dinner party at the age of 16. Throughout the years, I’ve provided recipes, menu advice and cooking tips to friends seeking uncomplicated and delicious ideas for home entertaining.

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