I couldn’t eat beef (or a lot of things) for about four months. I was working though some auto immune stuff and eliminating beef was part of that. During that time, All I wanted was a burger. So I created a paleo turkey burger.
Substituting ground turkey into ground beef recipes works a lot of times. But when you want a burger-like a real hamburger, it’s just not the same vibe. It’s a different kind of sandwich.
Until now. I threw this recipe together one day during said elimination diet. They are so good, I had to share with you.
Maybe you don’t digest beef well. Maybe you’re on an elimination diet. Maybe you just have turkey in your house and don’t want to go to the store. Or sometimes you just want a turkey burger with clean ingredients.
This paleo turkey burger mimics using breadcrumbs with a little almond flour and coconut flour. There’s just a dash of liquid smoke to give it the smokey burger flavor. It all ties together and makes the perfect balance.
You know that feeling you get when you bite into a delicious, juicy burger?
These have the burger taste you want without the beef. They are juicy and flavorful. The kind of balance that you get when you pair the perfect ingredients and season a burger just right. They hold together and have these beautiful markings when you grill them. They are loaded with so much flavor, you will forget you’re eating a turkey burger.Print
Juicy and flavorful turkey burgers using paleo ingredients.
- 1.5 pounds ground turkey
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke
- 2 tablespoons coconut aminos
- 1.5 tablespoons almond flour
- 1.5 tablespoons coconut flour
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley
- 2 cloves chopped garlic
- 1 chopped green onion
Buns and toppings of choice
- butter lettuce
- paleo mayonnaise
- pickles (yum!)
- Dijon mustard
- paleo ketchup
- Preheat your grill to about 400 or 450 degrees.
- Beat the egg in a large bowl and stir in the coconut aminos and liquid smoke.
- Mix all spices and flours in a separate bowl or cup (this helps to make sure everything is blended evenly without over mixing the turkey mix).
- Add the turkey, then the rest of the ingredients to the bowl with the egg/coconut aminos/liquid smoke mixture and mix everything together (I usually use my hands to blend it all up).
- Form mixture into patties and grill ’em up!
- Grill time will depend on your heat and size of your patties. On average, about 5 minutes per side. Check internal temperature to make sure they are at 165 degrees.
I like to use green onion in this recipe because it looks pretty, but I have also used 3-4 tablespoons of chopped red or yellow onion, which also tastes delicious.
I have heard people say they grease their grill before grilling their turkey burgers. I don’t find they stick, but feel free to grease up first.
I haven’t made these in the oven yet, though I would imagine you could bake them at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes on each side. Just make sure they have an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
I usually like these just on a giant piece of lettuce, but if you are looking for a tasty, easy paleo burger bun, these are great (and Boy George makes them!). You can sub arrowroot equally for the tapioca if tapioca doesn’t work for you.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Category: Main Course
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 0
- Sugar: 0
- Sodium: 0
- Fat: 0
- Saturated Fat: 0
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 0
- Fiber: 0
- Protein: 0
- Cholesterol: 0