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Turkey and Oat Burgers

Cooking Light staffer Rita Kinnamon-Jackson tinkered with her father's original meat loaf-style burger by replacing the ground beef with ground turkey and using chili powder instead of pepper for a flavor boost. But this recipe remains true to the spirit of the original. "My dad would be so proud that his mini-meatloaf on a bun was such a hit," she says. The patties might seem a little wet, but they bind together nicely once they begin to cook. Because they're delicate, a grill pan works best.

  • Yield: 6 servings


  • 1 cup regular oats
  • 1 cup finely chopped Vidalia onion
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 none large egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 1 none (14.5-ounce) can no salt-added tomatoes, drained and chopped
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey
  • none Cooking spray
  • 6 none (2-ounce) onion sandwich buns, toasted
  • 4 none curly leaf lettuce leaves
  • 6 none (1/4-inch-thick) slices tomato


Combine first 7 ingredients. Divide mixture into 6 equal portions, shaping each into a 1/2-inch-thick patty.

Heat a grill pan coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add patties; cook 6 minutes on each side or until done. Place 1 patty on bottom half of each roll; top each serving with 1 lettuce leaf, 1 tomato slice, and top half of roll.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 394none
  • Calories from fat: 30%
  • Fat: 13.2g
  • Saturated fat: 4.7g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 4.1g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 4.2g
  • Protein: 26.1g
  • Carbohydrate: 43.6g
  • Fiber: 4.5g
  • Cholesterol: 73mg
  • Iron: 4.1mg
  • Sodium: 946mg
  • Calcium: 97mg

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Turkey and Oat Burgers Recipe