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Turkey and Oat Burgers

Turkey and Oat Burgers RecipePhotography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro


  • 1 cup regular oats
  • 1 cup finely chopped Vidalia onion
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can no salt-added tomatoes, drained and chopped
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey
  • Cooking spray
  • 6 (2-ounce) onion sandwich buns, toasted
  • 4 curly leaf lettuce leaves
  • 6 (1/4-inch-thick) slices tomato


Combine first 7 ingredients. Divide mixture into 6 equal portions, shaping each into a 1/2-inch-thick patty.

Heat a grill pan coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add patties; cook 6 minutes on each side or until done. Place 1 patty on bottom half of each roll; top each serving with 1 lettuce leaf, 1 tomato slice, and top half of roll.


    Cooking Light staffer Rita Kinnamon-Jackson tinkered with her father's original meat loaf-style burger by replacing the ground beef with ground turkey and using chili powder instead of pepper for a flavor boost. But this recipe remains true to the spirit of the original. "My dad would be so proud that his mini-meatloaf on a bun was such a hit," she says. The patties might seem a little wet, but they bind together nicely once they begin to cook. Because they're delicate, a grill pan works best.

  • Yield: 6 servings

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving:394
Calories from fat:30%
Fat per serving:13.2g
Saturated fat per serving:4.7g
Monounsaturated fat per serving:4.1g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving:4.2g
Protein per serving:26.1g
Carbohydrates per serving:43.6g
Fiber per serving:4.5g
Cholesterol per serving:73mg
Iron per serving:4.1mg
Sodium per serving:946mg
Calcium per serving:97mg

Good to Know

A leaner alternative to beef patties, turkey is equally tasty and nutritious. Oats also provide fiber, making you feel fuller longer.

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