Turkey and Thyme Burgers

Turkey is a low fat meat and a source of protein. Here we create a healthy homemade burger that’s just right for summertime barbeques. Add various low fat and nutritious side dishes, lashings of cool drinks plus a good dollop or two of great company and you have a perfect occasion.



Makes 8

450g minced turkey

100g wholemeal breadcrumbs

1 onion, skin removed, finely sliced and chopped

A handful of fresh thyme, washed and finely chopped (or 1-2tsps of dried thyme)

Salt and pepper to season

A little flour (any kind)

A little oil (any kind, if shallow frying)


  • Put the turkey, breadcrumbs, onion and thyme in a bowl and either by using a wooden spoon or your freshly washed hands, mix all the ingredients together. The mixture will resemble this:


  • Add a little salt and pepper while continuing to mix all the ingredients together.
  • When the ingredients have combined to form a large ball, divide into 8 equal portions. Form each portion into a round ball shape and set aside.
  • On a floured work surface, place a ball and gently press it down to form a flat circle. Ensure the burger is covered with flour and set it aside, ready to cook. Do this to the remaining 7 balls.
  • Next, either fire up the barbeque and gently cook the burgers on both sides until their meat is cooked thoroughly or place a frying pan on a low heat, pouring a little oil into it. Heat the oil and when the oil is ‘spitting’, it is warm enough to start putting the burgers in.
  • Cook the burgers on a gentle, low heat and periodically turn them over to ensure they cook through. Cooking them will take about 20-25 minutes and the meat will firm in texture with a caramelised look appearing on both sides of the burgers.


  • Once cooked, serve with salad, pickles, hummus and dressings. The dressing used here is a dijon mustard low fat dressing with the recipe here: “How To Make Mustard Dressing”.

Dawn: Voila!

Andrew: Looks and tastes delicious, Dawn. Any idea how much these 8 burgers cost to make?

Dawn: I do know. The minced turkey was £2.49 for 450g, the thyme was out of the Love Food garden so free – it’s about 69p-89p to buy fresh and you’d have some left over to use in other dishes. An onion has cost about 10p. Breadcrumbs…a couple of slices of wholemeal bread, a small loaf at 75p…so about 12p. And a splash of oil and seasoning. Under £3.00 for 8 tasty and nutritious burgers.

Andrew: That’s excellent value for money, Dawn.

Dawn: It is and what’s more, you know exactly what ingredients have gone into making them.

Andrew: The origin of food is so important.

Dawn: It is and we’ll be bringing more cost effective meals to readers through our food ‘inventions’.

Andrew: Until then…it’s “Goodbye from you” (nodding to Dawn).

Dawn: And it’s “Goodbye from him”, (smiling at Andrew).

Dawn and Andrew (in unison): “Goodbye, fellow foodies!”

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