Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro
6 servings

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.

How to Make It

Step 1

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

Step 2

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.

Ratings & Reviews

cfk1819's Review

September 14, 2013
A turkey burger recipe has to do two things: add moisture and add taste to ground turkey (especially turkey breast). It added plenty of moisture, but the flavor was not so good. The chili powder flavor was too pronounced and not subtle at all. The tomatoes were not helpful. I will stick with my onion soup and zucchini burgers, while experimenting with other recipes.

TeleiosDE's Review

May 02, 2013
Very wet and soggy, not much flavor. I provided slightly less than the required meat weight and tried to anticipate this to no avail. I would suggest pressing as much liquid as possible out of the canned tomatos.

Ellism's Review

April 18, 2013
Very good and moist. Easy to make.

LouLouBrownie's Review

July 28, 2012
I had the same problems as others,but it's my fault. Only two of my burgers managed to keep shape, one fell apart completely and the last I made was falling apart on the side. That being said, they are delicious! I liked the tomato in them and the crumbled one tasted fine without the aid of the bun. Used "spring mix" lettuce and got a nice bite of bitter green on the crumble chunks stuffed on the lightly toasted sesame bun I had. My family liked them too. I halved everything, except the tomatoes, which was probably my problem, and the chili powder. Also added garlic powder. Very yum.

JoesLaurena's Review

January 20, 2011
I tinkered with the recipe a bit and my husband and I loved these. Passed along my adapted recipe to a friend and she made them twice already. Used 1 egg instead of 2 egg whites. 1/3 cup fire roasted salsa instead of diced tomatoes. Added sprinkle of garlic powder and 1/4 tsp pepper. Came out with 8 large patties. Cooked on a griddle and grilled some sliced onions with them as well.

8stringfan's Review

August 22, 2010
I REALLY liked these, but they are definitely a "pan-grill only" recipe due to how moist and loose the patties are. Reheats nicely. Good flavor, BIG portions, cheap and quick. Cooking time is more like 8 minutes per side.

moonburst37's Review

June 13, 2010
Not the best burgers ever but pretty good for turkey. The mixture was VERY wet so I had to add more oats just so they didn't crumble. Could have used more spice to make them more flavorful.

cookinsisters's Review

August 06, 2009
Very healthy and tasted good as leftovers the next night. Substituted a sourdough English muffin instead of an onion sandwich bun.

christine55's Review

May 07, 2009
Awful! The texture of the burgers was like a sponge: wet and squishy. The flavor was weird. I ended up having cereal for dinner instead. I cook almost exclusively with Cooking Light recipes and this is the first one I absolutely hated.

MonicaDavis's Review

January 05, 2009
I thought this recipe was okay but I wouldn't make again. I have had better meatloaf. I even added 1/4 cup worcheshire to make it more flavorful but still not great.