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Turkey Burgers with Spicy Slaw

Featured in our Backyard BBQ Guide
Scott Phillips

Servings: 4

With a slathering of barbecue sauce and a topping of slaw, these juicy burgers may remind you more of pulled pork than turkey. That’s a good thing.


  • 1 lb. ground turkey (preferably not 100% breast meat)
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 Tbs. finely chopped cilantro
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 oz. coleslaw mix (about 2 cups)
  • 2 Tbs. mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbs. seeded and minced jalapeño
  • 2 tsp. lime juice
  • 1/2 cup good-quality barbecue sauce; more to taste
  • 4 to 8 thin slices sharp Cheddar
  • 4 hamburger buns, toasted

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 530
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 230
  • Fat (g): 26
  • Saturated Fat (g): 10
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 7
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 7
  • Cholesterol (mg): 155
  • Sodium (mg): 1140
  • Carbohydrates (g): 38
  • Fiber (g): 2
  • Protein (g): 35


  • In a large bowl, combine the turkey, egg, cilantro, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper. Shape into four 1/2-inch-thick patties and refrigerate for at least 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the coleslaw mix, mayonnaise, jalapeño, lime juice, and 1/2 tsp. salt.
  • Prepare a medium-high (400°F to 475°F) gas or charcoal grill fire. Grill the burgers, flipping once, until grill marks appear, 4 to 6 minutes per side. Brush the tops of the burgers with some of the sauce, flip, and cook until the sauce caramelizes in spots, about 2 minutes. Brush the tops with more sauce, flip, and cook until the burger is cooked through (165°F).
  • Top the burgers with the cheese and continue to grill until the cheese melts, about 1 minute.
  • Serve on the rolls, topped with the slaw and more barbecue sauce, if you like.


Rate or Review


  • RDU | 12/10/2017

    Terrific recipe! Burgers were very tasty. Will serve again.

  • whoadammitranch | 10/28/2015

    The Best turkey burgers. I spread some olive oil on the burgers before grilling to keep them from sticking, then follow the recipe as given. They are always a hit with guests too. I usually serve them with the FC smashed potatoes.

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    Antonio_Reis | 05/04/2015

    These were very good. Next time, however, I'm going to double the amount jalapeno for more kick.

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