Bacon and Pesto Turkey Burgers

If you want to make this high-protein burger healthier than it already is, leave off the bacon.

Bacon and Pesto Turkey Burgers
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Turkey is another source of lean protein you’ll want to take advantage of, and it doesn’t hurt that it makes for a surprisingly good burger. So, if you’ve overdone it on the red meat this week, try these turkey burgers instead.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Dana Angelo White M.S., R.D., A.T.C. at Dana White Nutrition.

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Prep time

10 min.

Cook time

10 min.

  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup crumbled cooked bacon
  • 1 Tbsp prepared pesto sauce
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 whole wheat hamburger buns
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp Sriracha hot sauce
  • 1 Tbsp pickle relish
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Preheat outdoor grill or grill pan to medium-high.

In a large bowl combine turkey, bacon, pesto, panko, salt, and pepper; mix gently with a fork. With clean hands, form into 4 burgers.

Place burgers on grill or grill pan. Cook burgers for 6-7 minutes per side or until cooked through.

While burgers are cooking, make the yogurt sauce. In a bowl, mix yogurt, Sriracha, relish, salt, and pepper until well-combined.

Serve burgers in whole wheat buns, top with Sriracha-yogurt sauce and any other desired toppings.