Turkey Burgers With Cajun Grilled Onions

Too hot to cook in the kitchen? Step outside and grill these not-your-ordinary turkey burgers with a Cajun twist.

Cajun grilled onions on a turkey burger
Photo: Christopher Baker
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
4 servings

"Flavorful" is not often used to describe your ordinary turkey burgers, but a couple of twists sets these apart. First, we mix ground turkey (dark meat preferred) with grated Gruyère or Swiss for a moister, juicier patty. And then we add minced garlic and chili powder for a little kick of flavor. Speaking of kick, we top these flavorful burgers with a grilled sliced onion sprinkled with your favorite Cajun seasoning. Complement with some potatoes on the grill and an easy no-cook side, and let's get this party started!


  • pounds ground turkey (dark meat or up to 93 percent lean)

  • ¾ cup grated Gruyère or Swiss cheese (3 ounces)

  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • ½ teaspoon chili powder

  • Kosher salt and black pepper

  • 1 large onion, sliced into ½-inch-thick rounds

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 2 teaspoons Cajun or blackening spice mix

  • 4 hamburger buns


  1. Heat grill to medium-high. In a medium bowl, combine the turkey, Gruyère, and garlic. (Do not overwork the meat.)

  2. Form the mixture into four ¾-inch-thick patties and season with chili powder, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper.

  3. Grill the patties, turning once (do not press), until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 160°F, 6 to 8 minutes per side.

  4. Meanwhile, brush both sides of the onion rounds with oil and sprinkle with Cajun mix. Grill until blackened and tender, 5 to 6 minutes per side.

  5. Place the burgers on the buns and top with onions.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

440 Calories
21g Fat
25g Carbs
39g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 440
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 104mg 35%
Sodium 633mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 39g
Calcium 277mg 21%
Iron 4mg 22%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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