Mediterranean Turkey Burgers |

Mediterranean Turkey Burgers

Mediterranean Turkey Burgers are like a flavor party in your mouth!

Mediterranean Turkey Burgers |

Why I Made These Mediterranean Turkey Burgers

I love big flavors. B I G. I also really appreciate Mediterranean taste combinations…sometimes I think I was born in the wrong part of the world.

The sun-dried tomatoes, brininess from the olives, and zingy oregano make this recipe is a nice departure from the boring old hamburger.

What Kind of Turkey to Use for Turkey Burgers

Ground turkey breast can be notoriously dry, so in these Mediterranean Turkey Burgers, I opt for the 93% lean meat instead of the 99%. Trust me, the little bit of extra fat keeps it moister, and the flavor is so much better.

They key to adding veggies into a burger like this is to chop everything very very small so. If you don’t, big chunks of veggies will steam inside the burgers, and the patty is likely to fall apart.

Can You Make This Into Meatballs?

And you could very easily take these Mediterranean Turkey Burgers and roll them into little meatballs instead. If you opt for that, bake in a 375°F oven for about 15 to 20 minutes or until cooked through.

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Mediterranean Turkey Burgers (Paleo, Gluten-Free)

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Paleo, Turkey, Whole30
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 927 kcal
Author: Steph Gaudreau

These Mediterranean Turkey Burgers combine sun-dried tomatoes, briny olives and zingy oregano, resulting in a nice riff on normal hamburgers.



  • 1 lb. ground turkey breast
  • 1 jar roasted red peppers chopped small
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped fine
  • 12 pitted Kalamata olives chopped
  • 1/3 cup sundried tomatoes chopped
  • 1 Tbsp dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Chop all veggies and place in a large mixing bowl with ground turkey. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Mix well by hand.
  2. Shape into medium-sized patties. (I got about 7–cooked up 5 and froze 2).
  3. In a large skillet, heat your fat of choice over medium-high heat. Saute burgers for about 5 minutes per side or thrown on the grill for about the same.
Nutrition Facts
Mediterranean Turkey Burgers (Paleo, Gluten-Free)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 927 Calories from Fat 423
% Daily Value*
Fat 47g72%
Saturated Fat 11g55%
Cholesterol 335mg112%
Sodium 5807mg242%
Potassium 2782mg79%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 12g48%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 94g188%
Vitamin A 2695IU54%
Vitamin C 174.3mg211%
Calcium 391mg39%
Iron 13.4mg74%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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21 Responses

  1. I’m not the biggest fan of turkey burgers, but mostly because they’re always kind of dry and flavorless. These seem to just be bursting with flavor 🙂

    1. That used to be my sentiment on turkey burgers before I came up with this recipe! Thanks for checking it out, Ashley 🙂

  2. I prefer the simplest way to cook everything, so recipes – even really tasty ones – are usually more trouble than they’re worth for me. And my husband is not very adventurous when it comes to food. He will try it, but then goes back to the basics.

    So from this recipe, here’s my simple formula: 1 pound of ground sirloin, maybe half a cup of chopped sun-dried tomatoes (in olive oil, ’cause that’s what I had) and four chopped (large!) green olives that were stuffed with garlic & jalapeno. Mix together, cook in a medium hot skillet. Makes 3 good sized patties. I love the way the tomatoes brown nicely, without scorching. AND HE LIKED IT! We’ll have this again, soon.

    Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Hi Kathy! Wow this is such great news. Sometimes eating paleo (or just “healthier” for that matter) is tough if a significant other isn’t really on board. I like your twist on the recipe very much! Truthfully, I usually don’t measure when I cook (I do if I’m baking) so I usually eyeball things too. So glad that you both liked it!


  3. These were really good. Except it seemed like overkill on the oregano. I would definitely cut out half of the oregano next time. I will be making these again. 🙂

  4. Our family is considering the switch to Paleo, and it happens we were having a dinner party with some friends who’ve been adding paleo to their diet. We wanted to have a paleo menu so we picked these with the bacon brussel sprouts and sweet potato fries (slightly modified version). I made a double batch and opted to grill them and they turned out fantastic. Thanks so much for the awesome site and recipes for us newbs!

    1. Yay! I’m super excited to hear this Cory! Thanks for taking the time out of your day to let me know. Big win!

  5. Thanks so much for this! I’m on the Whole 30 and was getting a little bored, i knew i had to have turkey and olives for lunch but couldnt think of an inspiring meal and then voila! i found this one – made them just now and they were delicious! So quick and easy, and so much flavour and really moist – this recipe is definitely a keeper, i’m gonna have to share it with all my friends haha thanks again xx

  6. Soooo good!! I forgot to put garlic and it was still delicious, can’t wait to them again but with garlic this time ha ha!

  7. Was having a craving for turkey burgers and just made these puppies, following the recipe! Ah-mazing! Totally juicy and delicious with awesome flavors and even some leftovers for the week! Thank you, Steph! 🙂

    1. Love hearing things like thing, Yuliya 🙂 It makes me so happy to hear that you make my recipes!

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