turkey burgers with caper aioli | a nutritionist eats

I’m not normally a turkey burger person. But this one, served with a bright aioli, is good. And it’s healthy. And it’s still January, so everyone wants “light/lean/skinny/healthy/paleo” recipes. So here we are. First a salad and now a turkey burger. Could I be anymore predictable? Sigh.

How did I – the self-proclaimed non-turkey burger fan – make a turkey burger? Well, towards the end of 2013, I bought three calendars. One was a standard daily calendar so I don’t forget important things, the second was the One-Sentence Journal (which I’m loving!) and the third was a Cooking Light Recipe Calendar that I keep at work so I can be surrounded by food inspiration everywhere I go!

So far, and we’re only a few weeks into 2014, I’ve made two recipes from the calendar, one of which inspired this burger. I must say, it’s been really fun to have a reminder to try out new recipes on a daily basis. And now I’ve made chicken and turkey burgers twice in a matter of weeks. WHAT?!

turkey burgers with caper aioli | a nutritionist eats

When I started thinking about this turkey burger, I knew I wanted it healthy (light), so I kept the ingredients simple and used shallots and capers to pack the burger with flavor without adding many calories. The aioli is the perfect topping, and in my opinion, necessary for a “lean” burger. Bonus: when you use light mayonnaise – it barely adds any calories!

Another bonus? These turkey burgers have great nutrition stats: 260 calories, 15 grams fat, 3.8 grams carbohydrates and 28 grams protein. (Nutrition stats are for one turkey burger + aioli.)

Serve on a bun with lettuce and tomato or use a bibb lettuce leaf instead of the bun for a gluten-free/paleo/low-carb meal.

Turkey Burger with Caper Aioli

by Emily Dingmann

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Keywords: grill entree turkey


Ingredients (4 servings)

    For the Aioli

    • 4 Tbsp light mayonnaise
    • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
    • 1 Tbsp capers, chopped
    • 1 clove crushed garlic
    • 2 Tbsp chopped parsley
    • salt & pepper

    For the Burgers

    • 20 oz lean (93%) ground turkey
    • 1/4 cup chopped shallot (about 1 small shallot)
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 Tbsp capers, chopped
    • salt & pepper
    • optional: hamburger buns, lettuce, tomato


    For the Aioli

    Combine all ingredients in small bowl.

    Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

    For the Burgers

    Combine all ingredients and mix until just combined.

    Form into four burgers.

    Heat grill or pan over medium heat.

    Cook for about five minutes per side, or until cooked through.

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    9 Comments (Reply )

    1. Lori
      Jan 21, 2014 @ 9:24 am

      I hear you on the turkey burger, but this one is definitely an exception. It looks so great. We’re limiting carbs a bit since we aren’t training for any distance events right now so I may have to work this into the line up!


    2. Estela @ Weekly Bite
      Jan 21, 2014 @ 9:57 am

      We love turkey burgers and are always looking for new ways to eat them. Can’t wait to try this :)


    3. Mercedes
      Jan 21, 2014 @ 4:51 pm

      That Cooking Light Calendar sounds great! Is it a daily tear-off type calendar? I could eat that aioli with a spoon..


    4. erin
      Jan 21, 2014 @ 10:40 pm

      I love that you have three calendars :) I have a couple, too… there’s nothing quite like writing it down! And, love me a good turkey burger… these look fantastic!


    5. sarah k @ the pajama chef
      Jan 22, 2014 @ 10:22 am

      this looks great! and a cookling light calendar sounds so fun :)


    6. Karla @ Foodologie
      Jan 22, 2014 @ 3:09 pm

      Yummmm! These look awesome! I’m not a big fan of turkey burgers either. I always figure, if I’m going to eat a burger… go big, or go home?

      Also thank you for reminding me about calendars! I bought one for 2014 and it’s still in plastic wrap…


      • Emily
        Jan 22, 2014 @ 5:24 pm

        What Karla?! How is that possible? :)


    7. allie@sweetpotatobites
      Jan 31, 2014 @ 4:50 pm

      I love the caper aioli recipe! We always have a jar of capers in our fridge and never know what to do with them.


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