Herbed Turkey Burgers with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Arugula





Created by Paulette Thompson, RD, this recipe was one of two Runners-Up  in the Food and Culinary Professionals’ (FCP) Recipe Contest, Get Ready to Fire Up the Grill with Turkey.

Only a few ingredients create an amazingly tasty burger.  Sun-dried tomatoes and arugula complement and bring out the turkey flavor.  Perfect for a quick week-night entree or a new sophistication to the typical tailgate burger.


1 lb. 93% lean ground turkey
1 cup Arugula
1/2 cup chopped shallots
3/4 cup julienned sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained
1/2 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1 tsp. basil, dried
1 tsp. oregano, dried
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
Aioli sauce (optional)
2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 Tbsp. Lemon juice, fresh


Prepare grill according to manufacturer's directions
Place ground turkey in a large bowl. Chop arugula and shallots. Add arugula, shallots, sun-dried tomatoes, bread crumbs, and seasonings to the ground turkey. Mix well. Form 4 equal-size patties.
Grill turkey burgers on an oiled rack 5 to 6 inches over glowing coals. Grill about 6 minutes on each side or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.
Serve on whole wheat buns. Top burgers with Aioli Sauce, if desired, arugula and sliced tomatoes.
Aioli Sauce: Sauce can be made ahead or mixed together while burgers are cooking.
Preparation: Finely mince or press garlic and place in a small bowl. Add remaining ingredients and whisk together.