Thanksgiving Dinner Turkey Burgers

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I have not felt super inspired lately when it comes to cooking. I’ve been using old standbys a lot more than I usually do; which is fine, and probably makes my husband happy. But nearly every morning I sit and look at the entire bed of sage at my neighbor’s house that we planted together. I love sage.

So this week I decided to try a simple recipe creation and go for it! These burgers turned out delicious. To me, they taste just like turkey and stuffing (and by stuffing, I mean my Grandma’s, not that nasty wet cornbread stuff they eat in Tennessee).

Thanksgiving Dinner Turkey Burgers

Yield: 4 servings

Thanksgiving Dinner Turkey Burgers


  • 3 stalks celery, chopped fine
  • 2 T finely diced yellow onion (I used half of a very small onion)
  • 10 leaves fresh sage, sliced
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1/2 tsp. poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 c. bread crumbs (Italian is fine if that’s what you have on hand)
  • Hamburger buns (I prefer to make these Whole Wheat Buns from scratch)
  • Optional: Cranberry sauce, heated slightly to thin it out


Dice celery, onion, and sage. Yes, having a copy of Hook in the background will help you concentrate. (P.S. I LOVE my Henckels Signature knives. Please send more, Santa.)

Warm 1T olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Saute celery, onions, and sage. Season generously with salt and pepper. Let cook until onions are translucent and just starting to turn brown.

Beat one egg in a medium mixing bowl. Combine with turkey. Add in vegetables, poultry seasoning, and bread crumbs until just incorporated. Make into four even patties.

Heat 1T olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add patties to pan; cook until done through, about 5-6 minutes per side. Turn down heat if they start to get too brown or burn.

If you are using cranberry sauce, brush it on the patties when they are close to being finished.

Serve on buns with desired condiments. I just used mayonnaise, but I think mayo/cranberry sauce, cranberry sauce/ketchup, or grainy mustard would all be delicious. Or hey, just slap some mashed potatoes on there too.

5 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Dinner Turkey Burgers

  1. Reading this today reminds me of the last Thanksgiving I celebrated with my Dad before he passed away. I can almost smell the food, and hear all the banter of the day. And actually, it's made me want to celebrate Thanksgiving again. Thank you!

  2. The comment about cornbread dressing made me laugh. I have no idea what style they eat down in Tennessee, but I've never tried dressing with anything other than regular sandwich bread. I love regular cornbread, but if it were mushy in a dressing, I don't think I'd like it either.

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