I'm not a big fan of turkey burgers, but finding ground turkey on sale and some on-hand ingredients inspired this recipe. Most of the ingredients can be substituted or exchanged based on taste. Don't let the few ingredients in the burger itself fool you....it's got lots of flavor for a turkey burger. Feel free to add 8 oz. or more sliced mushrooms to the onions when cooking, if you happen to be a mushroom lover. This is great with sweet potato fries and/or a spinach salad. Serve with additional thousand island dressing for dipping.

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  • Combine ground turkey, garlic, thousand island dressing, and 1/2 cup Italian-style bread crumbs in a bowl. Do not overwork the mixture. Form into 4 patties; transfer to plate. Sprinkle with garlic salt and additional 1/4 cup bread crumbs; press crumbs into patties to adhere.

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  • Heat olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook patties in oil until golden brown, 7 to 10 minutes per side. Transfer to plate; top each patty with a slice of mozzarella cheese.

  • Cook and stir onion rings in same skillet until tender, about 10 minutes, adding oil if necessary. Sprinkle with ground black pepper.

  • Heat a non-stick griddle to medium heat. Lightly butter bread slices on both sides; cook on each side until browned, about 2 minutes per side.

  • To assemble burgers, layer turkey and cheese patties, sauerkraut, and cooked onions between bread slices.

Nutrition Facts

727.96 calories; 47.92 g protein; 50.11 g carbohydrates; 8.18 g dietary-fiber; 11.34 g sugars; 38.2 g fat; 12.15 g saturated-fat; 150.19 mg cholesterol; 331.99 IU vitamin-a-iu; 17.84 mg niacin-equivalents; 0.82 mg vitamin-b6; 18.19 mg vitamin-c; 102.67 mcg folate; 381.5 mg calcium; 6.16 mg iron; 100.12 mg magnesium; 716.87 mg potassium; 1746.27 mg sodium; 0.47 mg thiamin; 343.77 calories-from-fat; 27 percent-of-calories-from-carbs; 46 percent-of-calories-from-fat; 26 percent-of-calories-from-protein; 14 percent-of-calories-from-sat-fat

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Most helpful positive review

I stumbled on this by accident and I am glad I did. I made this exactly as directed and everyone loved them. The 1000 island dressing in the ground turkey made the patties so moist and delicious. It was quick and easy also. This will be a family favorite.

Most helpful critical review

These were good not great. Nice for a change.
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I stumbled on this by accident and I am glad I did. I made this exactly as directed and everyone loved them. The 1000 island dressing in the ground turkey made the patties so moist and delicious. It was quick and easy also. This will be a family favorite.
As the creator of this recipe I want to say thanks for all the positive reviews! Second I want to add that Allrecipes did not publish this recipe exactly as I submitted it (these were supposed to be "Raeben" burgers named after my daughter whose middle name is Rae). Anyway always add salt to a burger to bring out the flavor. If any dish seems like its "missing something" it's likely salt! The most important omission was on the dressing where I said "plus more for dipping". As some have noted they are a little bland without the Thousand Island as a dipping sauce (or spread it on your bread/bun). Thanks for the reviewer who tried it without bread. Our family is now gluten-free and it's so much cheaper and healthier to just ditch the GF bun:-( I'm going to try them next week with swiss cheese as others have noted....at the time I just used what was in the fridge.
YUM! YUM!! You have SAVED us from boring turkey recipes. We have tried EVERYTHING else out there and these have brought us out of the 'turkey blues' (lol) Simply amazing. Will be a staple recipe now. Thank you!!
Harry Martin
OMG where have you been all my life Reuben Turkey Burgers??!! My only changes were to speed it up and simplify even more so I just toasted the bread and dolloped additional Thousand Island on the slices. Also while the burgers were cooking I sauteed the onions in a separate frying pan so everything was hot and ready all at the same time. Oh and for more authentic Reuben I used Swiss.
Linda T
had this for dinner last nite Was yummy Adding the dressing to the burger was a great idea..
The idea is right but it needs a bit of work to be a 5 star recipe. As a complete sandwich the flavor is pretty good but the meat by itself is so bland. I did not taste a bit of dressing and the bread crumbs made the consistency very strange. If I did this again I would omit the Italian breadcrumbs completely but maybe add some Italian seasonings and a bit of salt to give the meat some flavor. Adding additional dressing onto the top of the sandwich would be much more flavorful as well because I didn't taste any of it in the meat. However even though it was bland the grilled onions sauerkraut and rye bread were flavorful enough to make up for it. Also I think Swiss cheese is a better fit since this is supposed to mimic the Reuben. Overall it was an OK recipe but I think with some work this could turn into a really yummy sandwich!
This recipe was the greatest. My family loved it so much that we had it two nights in a row. Thanks for the winning recipe. WoW!!!!!!
Very good! The burger was moist very mild but liked it with the toppings. We ate without the bread and was still exceptional. Used swiss instead of Mozz as personal preference.
I messed up and added my oil to the meat as it was already sitting there. It did not hurt it in any way. I also added 3 eggs to it as a few other recipes used eggs in theres. More onions but chopped were also added to the meat. This was very moist and will be saved. We get a LOT of ground turkey from a store called Woodmens that is in southern Wisconsin as they end up with a lot in there (end of selling time bin) Its only a little over a buck a pound when in there. PS Swiss cheese added more taste.