Turkey Burger: The Ultimate Weeknight Meal for Athletes

Fire up the outdoor oven and try this delicious, filling recipe.

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There is almost no meal that isn’t made way better when prepared on the grill. What’s more, grilling can be an easy way to load up your plate with all the necessary nutritious foods like lean meats and grilled veggies that an active body craves. So why be cooped up in a steamy kitchen when these warmer days and nights offer you the perfect excuse to cook up a storm in the great outdoors? Fire up the outdoor oven and try this turkey burger with chipotle berry sauce.

Lean ground turkey gives these flavorful turkey burgers plenty of protein without a deluge of fatty calories, while raspberries and chia seeds team up for a smoky-fiery condiment that delivers healthy amounts of dietary fiber. Serve with a side salad.

Turkey Burger with Chipotle Berry Sauce


1. Heat 2 tsp canola oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add 1 chopped shallot and 1 minced garlic clove; heat 1 minute. Place 1 1/2 cups raspberries, 2 tsp fresh thyme, 1 chopped canned chipotle chili in adobo sauce, 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice, and a pinch of salt in a small saucepan. Simmer until raspberries break down, about 5 minutes. Stir in 1 1/2 Tbsp chia seeds and heat 1 minute more. Set aside the thicken.

2. Preheat grill on high heat for 10 minutes and then lower to medium for cooking. In a large bowl, gently mix together 1 lb. lean ground turkey, 1 shredded carrot, 1/3 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes, 2 oz. crumbled soft goat cheese, 1 minced garlic clove, and 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper. Form into 4 equal-sized turkey burger patties.

3. Place turkey burgers on the grill and cook for 5 to 6 minutes per side, or until an internal temperature of 165°F is reached in each burger. Remove burgers from the grill and place whole grain bun halves on grill and heat just until toasted, about 20 seconds.

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