BBQ Swiss Turkey Burgers

Looking for the perfect burger recipe for summer grilling? Turn to these scrumptious turkey burgers with sweet-salty BBQ sauce and melty Swiss!

BBQ Swiss Turkey Burgers – THE perfect burger for summer grilling! Tasty, healthy turkey burgers with sweet-salty BBQ sauce and melty Swiss! |

Happy Memorial Day, everyone! I hope you have a delicious day with friends and family planned, but more importantly remember that today is about honoring the American armed forces members who have laid down their lives. Without their bravery and selfless service, all the freedoms that we hold dear would not be a reality.

So, today, keep the good people of our military in the back of your mind, but for now, let’s turn our attention to some good food!

BBQ Swiss Turkey Burgers – THE perfect burger for summer grilling! Tasty, healthy turkey burgers with sweet-salty BBQ sauce and melty Swiss! |

Sometimes you’ve just gotta sink your teeth into a burger, but you want something that packs more protein and less fat. Turkey burgers may tend to be bland, but I just see that as an excuse to jazz ‘em up with any kind of mix-ins you like! Minus the salt, of course, since salt draws out moisture and makes for a drier burger. Wait to salt until you throw them on and you won’t be disappointed!

BBQ Swiss Turkey Burgers – THE perfect burger for summer grilling! Tasty, healthy turkey burgers with sweet-salty BBQ sauce and melty Swiss! |

Nom nom nom.

Especially since I have a vacation to Spain and France next week to consider, it’s been high time that I chuck the cheeseburgers and pick up the poultry!  Besides, who wants to be walking next to waiflike Europeans looking like you had one too many croissants?

With mix-ins like spicy brown mustard, garlic, fresh parsley and pepper, these turkey burgers were super flavorful and scrumptious! Served with some sweet potato fries and a spinach-tomato-feta salad, it was a perfectly filling and healthy meal in just under 20 minutes.

BBQ Swiss Turkey Burgers – THE perfect burger for summer grilling! Tasty, healthy turkey burgers with sweet-salty BBQ sauce and melty Swiss! |

Today or any day, toss these tasty turkey burgers with BBQ sauce and melty Swiss on the grill, watch ‘em sizzle and enjoy a delicious, nutritious lunch or dinner! Just don’t forget an icy cold drink and a pile of your favorite toppings!

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BBQ Swiss Turkey Burgers

Yield: Makes 4 burgers


1 teaspoon olive oil, plus more for grilling

1/2 medium yellow onion, diced small

1 clove garlic, minced

1 pound lean ground turkey

1 tablespoon plain dried breadcrumbs

1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Salt and pepper

4 slices Swiss or cheddar cheese

4 hamburger buns

Toppings, such as BBQ sauce, mayo, mustard, tomato, lettuce, etc. (optional)


In a large skillet, heat oil over medium high heat. Add onion and sauté until translucent, 4 to 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Transfer to a medium bowl and add turkey, breadcrumbs, mustard and parsley. Gently mix until combined and form into 4 thin patties.

Heat a grill or grill pan to medium-high. Clean and lightly oil hot grill. Season patties with salt and pepper, then brush with oil. Grill, covered, until cooked through, about 4 minutes per side. Top each burger with Swiss or cheddar cheese. Serve burgers on buns with desired toppings.


Adapted from Everyday Food magazine, June 2012


46 Responses to “BBQ Swiss Turkey Burgers”

  1. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — May 28, 2012 @ 5:11 am

    I love a good turkey burger. These look delicious thanks to all the flavorful add-ins you included!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — May 28, 2012 @ 5:17 am

    Oh my these burgers are packed! I’ve been munching on burgers all weekend but it looks like I’ll have to eat some more tomorrow! I just can’t resist this amazingness you got going on here :)

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    Lynna — May 28, 2012 @ 6:25 am

    oh wow, these look crazy good! :D

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    Sawsan@ chef in disguise — May 28, 2012 @ 8:35 am

    These look super juicy and yummy Georgia!
    Love the top picture

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    london bakes — May 28, 2012 @ 8:42 am

    These look like they have such a great flavour – perfect for a summer party!

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    Cassie/Bake Your Day — May 28, 2012 @ 1:02 pm

    I love turkey burgers with all kinds of flavor added. My husband would so go for this with the swiss and BBQ sauce. He’s such a fan of BBQ sauce on his burgers! Beautiful, Georgia!

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    Lindsey — May 28, 2012 @ 1:26 pm

    That looks great! I will have to see if vegetarian ground beef could work for making hamburgers so I can use this recipe. Enjoy your European vacation next week!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — May 28, 2012 @ 1:33 pm

    I love making turkey burgers! These look delicious! Hope you have a great trip, sounds like some great places you will be visiting.

  9. #
    Elizabeth — May 28, 2012 @ 2:37 pm

    This sounds like a great combination of flavors!

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    Tina Bk — May 28, 2012 @ 2:52 pm

    Turkey burgers can sometimes be better than regular burgers, but it is all in the preparation. Yours do look delicious-I will need to try your version. Enjoy your time in Spain and France!

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    Katie|Epicurean Mom — May 28, 2012 @ 3:17 pm

    Those burgers look SO good Georgia! Wish I was over at your house for memorial day! Have a wonderful Memorial Day sweets! :)

  12. #
    Paula — May 28, 2012 @ 3:40 pm

    Have a wonderful Memorial Day! These burgers look like they’d be the star of any cookout.

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    love2dine — May 28, 2012 @ 4:12 pm

    This recipe has my name all over it! I would love this for dinner.

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog — May 28, 2012 @ 5:18 pm

    Georgia, these burgers look delicious. I love that you took a photo of the inside of the burger; it makes me want to eat it even more. Have a wonderful Memorial Day.

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    Jennifer {Mother Thyme} — May 28, 2012 @ 6:27 pm

    I could definitely sink my teeth into this. I love turkey burgers! Great recipe. Love the BBQ sauce topped with the swiss, nom, nom is right!

  16. #
    Laura — May 28, 2012 @ 6:54 pm

    Spain and France next week!? You’re coming to my new homeland! And your picture colour quality is just superb, good job!

  17. #
    gobakeyourself — May 28, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

    What a beautiful big burger to celebrate with!!! Hope you has fun my friend :D


  18. #
    Marla — May 28, 2012 @ 9:13 pm

    These burgers look awesome!! Hope you are having a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

  19. #
    Chris — May 28, 2012 @ 10:12 pm

    Hi Georgia, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

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    Honey — May 28, 2012 @ 11:06 pm

    Happy memorial day Georgia!
    These turkey burgers look delish.. perfect for BBQ today. Hope you’re enjoying your long weekend. :)

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    Julie @ Table for Two — May 28, 2012 @ 11:51 pm

    these look so hearty and delicious! i love a good burger in the summertime! i didn’t know you were heading to spain and france!! have so much fun! i’m jealous, i’ve never been to europe before :)

  22. #
    kitchenriffs — May 29, 2012 @ 12:20 am

    I love beef burgers, but turkey (or chicken) can be terrific. And yours looks wonderful! Have a great trip to Spain & France – wish I could go too!

  23. #
    Reeni — May 29, 2012 @ 12:42 am

    Your flavor-filled burgers are the perfect Memorial Day meal! Hope you’re enjoying yours!

  24. #
    Abby — May 29, 2012 @ 1:18 am

    oh i love the swiss instead of cheddar…but more importantly what a fantastic sounding vacay – have a blast!

  25. #
    Pam — May 29, 2012 @ 2:46 am

    It looks so good!

  26. #
    Baker Street — May 29, 2012 @ 2:49 am

    I’d pick turkey burgers over beef! These look incredible G! Hope you have a fantastic time in spain and france! :)

  27. #
    Baking Serendipity — May 29, 2012 @ 2:51 am

    Turkey burgers are one of my favorite parts of summer and I love new flavor combinations. I haven’t done anything with bbq sauce before…these look fantastic! :)

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    Megan Pence — May 29, 2012 @ 2:58 am

    Wow – these are some healthy burgers I can get behind! And my behind needs a healthy burger!! I got a wedding in 80 days, I need all the help I can get in the slimming down front – but can’t quite give up my love of things in burger form :) Gorgeous Georgia, as per usual!

  29. #
    The Harried Cook — May 29, 2012 @ 3:21 am

    Wow! Those burgers look incredible… and your upcoming vacation sounds incredible! Have a wonderful time :) Gorgeous post!

  30. #
    Anne@FromMySweetHeart — May 29, 2012 @ 3:46 am

    There is nothing flavorless looking about these turkey burgers, Georgia! They look incredible, actually and far more exciting than the cheddar cheese burger I had today! Hope you had a great memorial day weekend and how exciting on your upcoming vacation! : )

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    Anna @ hiddenponies — May 29, 2012 @ 6:05 am

    These look and sound delicious, and your vacation sounds amazing, I’m just a touch jealous!! I hope you’ll take lots of pictures so we can live vicariously through you :)

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook — May 29, 2012 @ 6:56 am

    Hi Georgia! I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! Your turkey burgers look awesome! This is a kind of burger that I don’t mind eating every week! Looks so yummy!

  33. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — May 29, 2012 @ 4:03 pm

    Hope you had a great weekend! This burger is gorgeous, as always Georgia :)

  34. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — May 29, 2012 @ 4:36 pm

    Turkey burgers! My absolute favorite. I don’t eat red meat, so turkey burgers are my go-to. :)

    Spain + France? sounds incredible – truly a trip of a lifetime Georgia!

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    Jen @ Jens Favorite Cookies — May 29, 2012 @ 6:44 pm

    Yum, these look delicious! I make meatloaf with ground turkey and barbeque sauce, and my family loves it. I should try the hamburger variety, too!

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    Catalina @ Cake with Love — May 29, 2012 @ 7:27 pm

    Oh yes, this burger looks delicious, so full of flavor, juicy and right in time for summer parties!!

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    Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl — May 29, 2012 @ 7:49 pm

    These look absolutely mouthwatering–I love a good burger, and even better if you can trim some calories! =) Have a wonderful time on your European vacation!

  38. #
    Hayley — May 30, 2012 @ 12:21 am

    Whyyyy isn’t this turkey burger in my mouth-hole?! It looks so juicy and flavorful! There is not much better than a juicy BBQ turkey burger–yum!

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    Nichole@DulceDelicious — May 30, 2012 @ 2:02 am

    That burger looks delicious! I love that you put bbq sauce on it! For some crazy reason, I have never thought to put bbq sauce on turkey! Dumb! haha I am going to have to give this a try!

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    I’m a fan of turkey burgers and you’ve got all the delicious elements going on in this one Georgia. Beautiful, sun-drenched photos too. I hope you had a wonderful long weekend.

  41. #
    Sandra — May 30, 2012 @ 11:25 am

    Congrats on Top 9!

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    Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels — May 30, 2012 @ 3:11 pm

    I looovee turkey burgers but these look a million times better than anything I’ve ever had. Can’t wait to try this recipe out, I’m drooling on myself haha. :)

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    Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes — May 30, 2012 @ 4:58 pm

    I never had a turkey burger, but I will make them with chicken; they sound moist and spicy, full of flavor! Just the thing to forget we are so close to the beginning of winter..

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    Cristina — May 30, 2012 @ 5:33 pm

    I’m envious of your trip to Spain and France and looking forward to reading about it when you return. :)

    Beautiful post, Georgia. I’ve never had a turkey burger before, but think it’s high time I did, now. The spinach-tomato-feta salad sounds good too (luuuv feta!).

    Have a safe and good vacation!

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    catering Fort Lauderdale — June 27, 2012 @ 10:10 am

    Many prefer turkey meat because it is a healthier alternative compared to the other kinds of meat. As many of us enjoy eating sandwiches for they are easier to consume and you can munch on them just about anywhere which is convenient – trying healthy sandwich recipes is a good idea, thanks!

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    Tiffany — September 4, 2012 @ 3:15 pm

    These look great! My husband is a huge burger fan and these are right up his alley.

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