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Feta Basil Turkey Burgers

Feta Turkey Burger

Do you know what a turkey burger has that a beef burger doesn’t?

A special friendliness with other flavors. A turkey burger is waaaaaayyyyyy more suited to having lots of fun ingredients added to it.

I mean, put feta and basil in a beef burger, and that might be kind of weird. Put feta and basil in a turkey burger, and you get something magnificent. Put this feta basil turkey burger and a beef burger in front of me, and I might pick the turkey burger based on flavor alone.

Feta Basil Turkey Burgers Recipe

If you think turkey burgers are bland and boring, I urge you to try this recipe. The turkey meat has feta, basil, and a little secret ingredient worcestershire sauce to make it a party of flavor, and we cook it in the cast iron skillet to give it a great brown crustiness on the edges. I truly think it will change your mind about good old ground turkey and its versatility.

I made a quick 3 minute video showing you how to make it, enjoy:

Feta Basil Turkey Burgers

Yield: 2 burgers, easily doubles, triples, etc


1/2 lb ground turkey (I used 94% lean ground turkey)
1/4 cup feta cheese crumbles
2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
1/2 tsp worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp salt
black pepper
2 hamburger buns
desired toppings (red onion, lettuce, tomatoes, condiments, etc)


Using a gentle touch, mix together the ground turkey, feta crumbles, chopped basil, worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper with your fingertips. Make sure not to overwork the meat, just distribute all the fun goodies all throughout the meat. Shape the turkey meat into 2 patties, keeping in mind that the burger will shrink up a bit after it has cooked. Don't make the patties too thick or they'll take too long to cook.

Heat up a cast iron skillet over medium heat for a couple minutes (or if you've got a grill, that'd work too). Once the pan is hot, add the turkey patties and cook for about 3 minutes on each side. Time will vary depending on how hot your pan is and how thick your patties are, but you want the center of the turkey burger to read at 165 degrees F. If you find that the burgers are browning too much before the interior is cooking through, you can put a lid on the pan. Serve the turkey burgers with any accompaniments you want, and enjoy!

If you don't have a thermometer, please get one! They're not expensive and they will make your life in the kitchen a lot easier (I own this one and it's only $20).


Disclosure: This post contains an Amazon affiliate link for a thermometer that I use and love.

Leave a comment:


  1. nicole @ I am a Honey Bee posted on March 7, 2013 at 10:21 am (#)

    I don’t care it’s only 10.20am… I need this now!!!

  2. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite posted on March 7, 2013 at 10:30 am (#)

    A while back I made a feta spinach turkey burger and it was delicious. I love that you added basil because I will have to switch it out with the spinach!

    • Joanne Ozug replied on March 10th, 2013 at 8:12 pm

      Spinach is so wonderful too. It’s always hard to decide between spinach and basil!

  3. Myrtle posted on March 7, 2013 at 11:03 am (#)

    Joanne, have you ever heard of It’s a humor site, and my sister is addicted to it. She’ll read an article, and then at the bottom there’ll be an, “You may also like…” and give you five more articles. Then she’ll click on one of those, thinking, “I’ll be done after I read this one,” but then at the bottom of THAT one, there’s more…

    Yeah, that’s what Fifteen Spatulas is like for me. I’m reading the most recent article, and then I see something like pecan and cornmeal crusted chicken, and all I can think is, “GIMME!” And then I end up going on a website trawl for like two hours, and by the end there’s this big puddle of drool on the keyboard.

    This is what you make me suffer through, Joanne. ūüėČ

    • Joanne Ozug replied on March 10th, 2013 at 8:09 pm

      haha, it’s fun to get lost on a site sometimes to take your mind off other things! I’m so glad you love Fifteen Spatulas so much, and it’s always great to hear from you =)

  4. Jen @ Savory Simple posted on March 7, 2013 at 1:30 pm (#)

    What a great way to spruce up a turkey burger.

  5. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom posted on March 7, 2013 at 3:45 pm (#)

    oh goodness! These look delicious!!! Love!

  6. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom posted on March 7, 2013 at 3:49 pm (#)

    and by the way, love the video!

    • Joanne Ozug replied on March 10th, 2013 at 8:11 pm

      Thanks Alice!!

  7. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust posted on March 7, 2013 at 5:41 pm (#)

    I want a burger. VERY BADLY. Love the feta and basil!

  8. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts posted on March 7, 2013 at 6:56 pm (#)

    Love making turkey burgers – you can do just about any flavor with them!

  9. Bam's Kitchen posted on March 8, 2013 at 12:29 am (#)

    Basil and feta is a great way to spice up a plain turkey burger and look at that size. How thick! Wow is that like a half pound burger… I guess I have been living in Asia too long.. LOL Take Care, BAM

    • Joanne Ozug replied on March 10th, 2013 at 8:14 pm

      LOL no, it’s just a 1/4 pound burger believe it or not!

  10. Carolyn posted on March 8, 2013 at 7:41 am (#)

    I agree, feta and basil in a beef burger would be weird. The beefiness would overwhelm those flavours. But this sounds so good in a turkey burger!

  11. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction posted on March 8, 2013 at 9:16 am (#)

    These flavors are perfect for a turkey burger!

  12. carrian posted on March 9, 2013 at 1:36 pm (#)

    These look fantastic! Love a good, juicy turkey burger!

  13. dc posted on March 10, 2013 at 3:33 pm (#)

    Making them now! Yum!

    • Joanne Ozug replied on March 10th, 2013 at 8:13 pm

      Hope you enjoyed them!

      • d replied on March 11th, 2013 at 8:36 am

        Made 8 burgers (2lbs of turkey) put a pepperoncini and feta sauce on top. My eldest son ate 3 (no bun). We’ll be making them again.

  14. Leigh posted on March 10, 2013 at 7:42 pm (#)

    These sound really good. I think it would be good with a little tzatziki sauce too.

    • Joanne Ozug replied on March 10th, 2013 at 8:13 pm

      Yes, absolutely! That would be amazing here!

  15. Kiran @ posted on March 11, 2013 at 2:46 am (#)

    Oh my yum!! Except for the feta, I am pretty much drooling over here :)

    ps: cant wait to see you again at FBF this year :)

  16. Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen posted on March 11, 2013 at 5:03 am (#)

    Your burgers look absolutely delicious, I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  17. Aimee @ ShugarySweets posted on March 11, 2013 at 7:21 am (#)

    That burger is gorgeous!!!!

  18. Amanda posted on March 11, 2013 at 12:01 pm (#)

    I just adore your blog! Such beautiful recipes and pictures… and your sense of humor and style is fantastic!

  19. Chef Dennis posted on March 12, 2013 at 3:14 pm (#)

    I love turkey burgers, what a great way to change them up! Great video!

  20. Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats posted on March 12, 2013 at 11:07 pm (#)

    I loooove turkey burgers! This sounds like a match made in heaven! Ill definitely try these out!

  21. Lynn posted on March 27, 2013 at 2:50 pm (#)

    I made your Feta Basil Turkey Burgers for dinner last night. They were delicious and I will make them again and again. I had fresh basil from my garden and also chopped up kalamata olives. I paired them with Bobby Flay’s Greek Quinoa Salad which was also a great combination of ingredients. Thanks for such wonderful recipes and all the hard work you put into it.

  22. Jessica posted on April 3, 2013 at 9:07 pm (#)

    OMG!!!! These are amazing. Made them tonight and my picky 17-month-old son devoured nearly an ENTIRE burger. Mmmmm, the adults were equally as happy!

    • Joanne Ozug replied on April 3rd, 2013 at 10:22 pm

      Wonderful! I’m so glad to hear you all loved the burgers.

  23. Amy posted on April 22, 2013 at 10:23 pm (#)

    I tried your Feta Basil Turkey Burgers (added a little extra Worcestershire, cause I love it) and they were delicious! For my toppings I added spinach instead of lettuce and sautéed cherry tomatoes with a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar, so, so, yummy.

    • Joanne Ozug replied on April 23rd, 2013 at 9:09 am

      Hi Amy, YAY!!! I’m so glad you enjoyed the burgers so much. I love these too, so good and they cook up so quickly!

  24. Josh posted on October 26, 2013 at 11:31 pm (#)


    Is there some type of spice or other flavoring I can use to substitute the salt? I don’t really want to add 1/4 tsp (about 600mg; 24-25%) to the burgers if possible. It seems kind of high, I might add 1/8 of a tsp. Also, is it crucial that the basil be fresh? I don’t think it’s that much of a hassle to go and buy it, but if I can use grounded basil with a minimal difference in taste, it would be preferred. Thanks in advance,


    • Josh replied on October 26th, 2013 at 11:37 pm

      Actually, realized it a minute or so later, the 1/4 of a tsp of salt isn’t so bad since it makes two burgers. It would only be about 12% of daily requirements which is pretty decent. Any ideas anyway?

      • Joanne Ozug replied on October 27th, 2013 at 3:14 pm

        Hi Josh, if you’re watching your salt intake, feel free to put in what you need. There is some saltiness in the feta too. For the basil, it’s really important to use the fresh stuff. Dried basil just doesn’t taste the same, and the fresh is crucial to give good flavor. Enjoy!

        • Josh replied on October 27th, 2013 at 6:03 pm

          I tried the recipe with fresh basil. Unfortunately, it was something I would definitely eat if presented, but probably wouldn’t seek to make. My mom took one bite and stopped (she’s difficult). I wish I enjoyed it as much as the others above me did. Regardless, I really appreciate the recipe. Always looking for healthy/ier renditions of food. Just glad I tried it!

          • Joanne Ozug replied on October 27th, 2013 at 9:29 pm

            Hi Josh, glad you tried it too. Inevitably there will be some recipes that suit your tastes and others that don’t. I love these burgers but the flavors are definitely eclectic.

  25. Eleanor posted on April 1, 2014 at 4:29 pm (#)

    Made these for supper tonight- turned out great! Recipe doubled perfectly :) Had to sub the worcestershire for a gluten free soy sauce. Thanks for sharing- can’t wait for summer so I can do these on the BBQ!

    • Joanne Ozug replied on April 4th, 2014 at 10:13 am

      Awesome! Happy to hear it, Eleanor.

  26. Lauren posted on April 2, 2014 at 2:40 pm (#)

    I made these last night and they were amazing!! Definitely adding to my go to recipes. Thanks!

    • Joanne Ozug replied on April 4th, 2014 at 10:11 am

      YAY! Glad to hear that, Lauren.

  27. Tahj posted on May 17, 2014 at 9:26 pm (#)

    Very good Turkey burger! Refreshing, lean, and light.

    I also put grilled onions for extra topping!


  28. EmberBlue posted on September 25, 2014 at 4:58 pm (#)

    Was browsing recipes and saw this one. ¬†Was wondering – what would be some examples of condiments that would be good on a turkey burger like this? ¬†Ketchup/mustard ¬†just isn’t always good with the mix. ¬†Anything else you can suggest?

    • Joanne Ozug replied on September 29th, 2014 at 6:37 pm

      For this I like to do a tzatziki type sauce. You will find a wide array of recipes online, but usually mine is greek yogurt, fresh dill, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper. Enjoy!!

  29. Tawna posted on October 22, 2014 at 5:27 pm (#)

    I’ve had these before, and actually have made them with dried basil, and they still turned out great! So, if you don’t have any on hand, it’s still worth the try. ¬†My question is, can you freeze your cooked burgers? ¬†I am cooking for one at the moment, and would like to make them all in one go, and have some for later on nights when I need a quick meal to reheat. ¬†Thoughts?

    • Joanne Ozug replied on October 28th, 2014 at 8:09 pm

      Hi Tawna, I haven’t frozen these before, but generally speaking, meat freezes pretty well. It loses a little moisture though FYI.

  30. Neks posted on November 22, 2014 at 6:36 pm (#)

    I’m not having carbs at the moment, but these burgers were awesome and went well with a salad. I tripled the ingredients and added garlic and onion granules which really enhanced the flavours.

  31. Cheshy posted on April 23, 2015 at 8:48 pm (#)

    Wow. Started eating with less carbs and more
    protein this week and we’ve made this recipe twice!!! We didn’t change anything except we put them on the grill and ate them without bun (but had more than one serving). I’ve told everyone I know about this delicious simple recipe!!! Thanks so much!

    • Joanne Ozug replied on May 3rd, 2015 at 10:16 pm

      That’s fantastic!!!


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