Healthy turkey burger

These healthy turkey burgers are delicious served with a salad, but if you're wanting to simulate the whole burger experience you can create the look and feel of a burger bun in a very healthy way using oven baked portobello mushrooms - which makes a deliciously healthy turkey burger without a bun. 


(makes 4 burgers)

1 onion, roughly chopped
2 small cloves garlic, crushed
2 teaspoons dried oregano crushed with your fingertips
8 large basil leaves
3 handfuls baby spinach
Zest of 1 lemon
Pinch coarse sea salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
500g turkey mince
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

For the Portobello mushroom bun

8 portobello mushroom
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil


  1. Blitz the onion, garlic, oregano, basil, spinach, lemon zest, salt and pepper together in a food processor until finely chopped. Place the mixture in a large bowl along with the turkey and mix with your hands or a rubber spatula to thoroughly combine. Form the mixture into 4 patties. At this point it’s ideal to refrigerate the burgers for a least 1 hour or as long as overnight, to really let the flavours settle in, but they’ll still be A-OK if you don’t have this extra time.
  2. Preheat the oven to 200°C, fan 180°C, gas 4. Remove the stalks from the mushrooms and put them in a roasting dish, cap-side down. Rub 1 tablespoon olive oil and some seasoning over the mushrooms and put into the oven to roast for 20 minutes.
  3. Heat the burger oil in a frying pan and sauté for 7 to 8 minutes on both sides.
  4. Remove the mushrooms from the oven, place one mushroom cap side down on each plate, place a burger on top of this and another mushroom on top of the burger cap side up.
  5. Serve with a salad or cooked non starchy vegetables.



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