Thanksgiving Turkey Burgers

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Thanksgiving Turkey Burgers

What if I were to tell you that you can make a dinner that captures the flavors and essence of Thanksgiving without your tipsy uncle cracking inappropriate jokes or a mound of dishes? Oh, and you can do it all in under 30 minutes? 

I made these Thanksgiving Turkey Burgers last Monday and was reminded what a winning and satisfying recipe it is. (I sadly forgot to top them with the crispy fried onions I actually remembered to buy, and every bite still tasted like Thanksgiving.) Feel free to substitute dried herbs in a pinch, or sub your favorite cheese. To round the holiday flavors out, serve alongside sweet potato fries or my daughter’s favorite — air-fried green beans. (My son prefers all his vegetables raw - what’s up with that?) 

Even as my kids get older, we have a bedtime practice of sharing 3 things for which we are grateful. The gratitude list runs the gamut from Fortnite, to friends, to cuddles with our dogs. But my heart just about melted Monday when my tween shared, “I’m thankful you made turkey burgers tonight!”

May you embrace gratitude and the flavors of Thanksgiving all season long!

Build burgers inspired by the sweet and savory flavors of Thanksgiving dinner!

  • Active Kitchen Time: 20-30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 burgers


  • small bunch fresh sage
  • small bunch fresh thyme
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 4 leaves lettuce
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • ¼ cup cranberry sauce
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 3 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pkg crispy fried onions
  • 4 burger buns
  • 4 slices provolone cheese

Supper Smarts:

  • Serving Suggestions: Sweet potato fries cook up in a flash in an air-fryer (but can also crisp up in the oven while grilling up your burgers.)

  • Table Talk: At dinner, start a conversation about gratitude. Go around the table, and have everyone name 3 things they are grateful for and explain why.

  • Kitchen Helper: A burger bar gives everyone a chance to participate. Include other common burger condiments so burgers can be customized.


Add ¼ cup cranberry sauce and ¼ cup mayonnaise to small bowl. Whisk to combine. Set aside.
Finely mince 1 small bunch fresh sage leaves. Measure 2 tsp and add to large bowl.
Pull leaves from one bunch fresh thyme. Finely mince. Measure 1 tsp and add to sage.
Smash and peel 1 clove garlic. Finely mince and add to sage and thyme.
Add 1 lb ground turkey, ½ tsp kosher salt, and 3 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce to garlic herb mixture. Mix well with your hands to combine.
Divide meat into 4 equal portions. Shape each into a patty about the size of the 4 burger buns.
Heat 1 Tbsp vegetable oil in skillet over medium-high heat.
Carefully add turkey patties to skillet. Cook until bottoms are browned, about 5-7 minutes.
Use a burger flipper to flip patties.
Add 4 slices of Provolone cheese, one on top of each patty.
Cook until bottoms are browned and internal temperature reaches 165°F, about 5-7 minutes.
Build your burger. Spread cranberry mayo on bun. Top with patty, fried onions, and lettuce. TASTE & SHARE!

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