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Umami Grilled Turkey Burger Recipe

Make this Umami Grilled Turkey Burger Recipe at your next backyard barbecue. Learn how to make a sweetened soy sauce that goes perfect with these burgers.
Course dinner, lunch, Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 548kcal


For the Burger:

  • 1 pound of ground turkey breast
  • 1 pound of ground turkey thigh
  • 1/3 cup of sliced green onions
  • 3 finely minced cloves of garlic
  • 2 teaspoons of finely minced fresh ginger
  • Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
  • sesame oil

For the Sweetened Soy Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup of soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of honey

For the Vegetables:

  • 1 small sliced cucumber
  • 1 pint of quartered assorted cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 sliced small red onion
  • 1 tablespoon of mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup of rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste


  • In a medium sized pot add in the soy, brown sugar and honey and cook on medium-high heat until it becomes thick like syrup. Take note that it will cook fast and can burn easily so watch closely. Once it is cooked, remove from the heat and let cool.
  • In a large bowl mix together both ground turkey meats, green onions, ginger, garlic , salt and pepper and form 6 patties. Next, brush the outside of the burger patties with sesame oil and cook on a very hot grill (450° to 550°) on each side until grill marks are formed and the burgers are cooked through (about 4 to 6 minutes on each side). Once they are cooked, set aside to rest for a few minutes before serving.
  • In a separate bowl mix together the mayonnaise, rice wine vinegar and sugar and add in the cucumber slices, quartered cherry tomatoes and red onions and mix.
  • Toast the buns on the grill and serve the turkey burgers on each of them. Top off by drizzling on 1 teaspoon of the sweetened soy and a few tablespoons of the mixed vegetables.


Calories: 548kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 53g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 134mg | Sodium: 2221mg | Potassium: 1118mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 46g | Vitamin A: 745IU | Vitamin C: 32.7mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 4.6mg