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Rosemary Turkey Burgers over Spinach Salad

  • Prep Time 0:25
  • Cook Time 0:06
  • Estimated Cost $13.50

There is a war going on in my kitchen right now. A dirty, bitter, gruesome war between my desire to use up the mass of Thanksgiving leftovers sitting in my refrigerator and my grave knowledge that if I don’t make an effort to undo some of the gluttony that took place over the past weekend, I will be looking a whole lot like Santa Claus, at least in terms of size and shape, by Christmas.

This lean yet flavorful burger offers a possible solution. Since the burger is made with cooked turkey breast, not raw ground meat as in traditional turkey burgers, the consistency is more similar to a hearty crab cake, but the breadcrumbs yield a crisp outer crust with a flavorful, garlicky interior.

There. Instant virtue. If, however, you choose to follow it up with a huge slice of pumpkin pie, I suppose I can’t stop you.


  • 4 oz. cooked turkey breast $3
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary leaves, removed from stem $1
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped Pantry
  • 1 egg $1.50 for 6
  • olive oil Pantry
  • 1/8 cup bread crumbs $1.50 for 12 oz.
  • salt and pepper to taste Pantry
  • 6 cups fresh spinach $2
  • 1 1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar Pantry
  • 4 tbsp cranberry relish $3 for 14 oz.

Recipe Serves 2


  1. Combine turkey breast, rosemary, garlic and bread crumbs in food processor until a chunky consistency forms. Add 1 tbsp olive oil and egg until mixture begins to come together, resembling dough. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Form into 2 4" patties. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a medium frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook patties for 2-3 minutes on each side, until a dark golden brown color forms. Turn off heat.
  3. In a large bowl, toss spinach together with 1 tbsp olive oil and the balsamic vinegar. Divide between 2 plates. Top each pile of salad with a turkey burger and 2 tbsp each of cranberry relish.

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kitchen table, on Dec 4, 07:14 PM, wrote:

I still have those turkey leftovers. I guess, I can now use them in this recipe than let them in the ref for weeks. Thanks for sharing.

BugginWord, on Dec 7, 09:42 AM, wrote:

In the name of all that is good and holy THANK YOU FOR THIS RECIPE. My brainiac husband bought a 15lb turkey for 5 people and I have turkey oozing out of my every orifice. Now at least I can try something different.

Brian, on Aug 29, 08:26 PM, wrote:

I love these turkey burgers! They’re my go-to summer recipe. Thanks, Gabi.