The Doctors: Skinny Turkey Burger Recipe

The Doctors: Skinny Burger Recipe

If you’re trying to eat healthier, you know that it can be difficult to always make the right choices. The key in most cases is moderation, and since everyone’s tastes are different, you may find that you like some healthy food swaps more than others.

A viewer asked The Doctors what to do, since they don’t enjoy veggie burgers because they prefer a meatier taste. I can understand that personally; veggie burgers are OK sometimes, but they really are not the same as a juicy burger.

The Drs: Skinny Turkey Burger

Learn to make a healthy, delicious turkey burger you can enjoy guilt-free.

The Drs: Turkey Burger Vs Beef Burger

Today’s recipe is for turkey burgers, and when I make burgers at home, I tend to prefer turkey burgers for a reason that wasn’t mentioned on the show. They’re easier to clean up, because they are leaner and have less fat waste.

If you give turkey burgers a try and then switch back to beef, you’ll notice a huge difference in the amount of fat drippings you will have to clean up from beef burgers. Whether you’re cooking on a grill or in a pan, turkey burgers are healthier and less mess than beef burgers.

The Doctors: Burger Lettuce Wrap Recipe

Dr. Travis Stork and Dr. Lisa Masterson showed ways you can prepare meat while still being heart healthy and waist conscious. The health or hazards of any meal is all in how you make your burger.


  • 1 lb. Extra Lean Turkey Breast Burger
  • 1 Chopped Onion
  • 15 oz. Black Beans
  • 5 oz. Tomato Paste
  • 1 tbsp. Spicy Mustard
  • 1 tbsp. Honey
  • 1 tsp. Tabasco
  • 1 Sliced Tomato
  • 1 tsp. Cumin
  • 1 cup Zucchini
  • Whole Grain Bun or Lettuce Wrap
  • Salt & Pepper


  1. Heat a pan or grill.
  2. Blend black beans into a paste, using blender or food processor.
  3. Mix mustard, honey, and tomato paste in a small bowl.
  4. Add turkey to mustard mixture, combining thoroughly. Form into patties.
  5. Saute onions and zucchini in a pan.
  6. Grill or saute the burgers thoroughly, making sure to cook out all the pink. It should take about five minutes on each side, but check color to be sure. You can also use a meat thermometer. At 165, the burgers should be fully cooked.
  7. Place burgers in lettuce wraps or on buns.
  8. Top with zucchini, onions, tomato, and black bean paste.
  9. This recipe should make approximately four turkey burgers.
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