Turkey Burgers with Cranberry Pecan Mint Pesto

Culinary Setting
Cooking Style
Ground Turkey


Cranberry Pecan Mint Pesto

1 c fresh mint leaves, packed

1/2 c dried cranberries

1/2 c pecan halves

2 tbsp grated orange zest

1/2 c prepared mayonnaise

1/4 c fresh orange juice

Turkey Burgers

1/2 c dried cranberries

1/2 c Chardonnay wine

1 c yellow onion, chopped

2 tbsp unsalted butter

1 tbsp fresh sage, finely chopped

1 tbsp fresh thyme, finely chopped

1-1/2 c toasted cornbread crumbs

1/2 c turkey broth or low-sodium chicken broth

Salt To Taste

3 lbs ground turkey (combination of dark and light)

Vegetable oil for grill rack

12 soft potato buns


Cranberry Pecan Mint Pesto

Purée mint leaves, dried cranberries, pecan halves and orange zest in a food processor. Combine with mayonnaise and orange juice.

Cover and chill for service.

Turkey Burgers

Prepare grill with medium heat for direct-heat cooking. Marinate dried cranberries in Chardonnay until plump (10 minutes).

Sauté chopped onions in butter in a small pan until browned. Transfer to large bowl to cool. Add sage, thyme, cornbread crumbs, cranberries soaked in wine, broth and salt. Gently mix in ground turkey, combining loosely.

Refrigerate mixture for 30 minutes, then portion into 12 four-ounce burgers.


Brush grill rack with oil. Grill burgers until browned, approximately 4 to 5 minutes per side to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

While grilling, spread top of each soft bun with Cranberry Pecan Mint Pesto. Top with burgers and bun tops.

Nutrition Facts

610 Total Calories

260 Calories from Fat

29 g Total Fat

45 % Daily Total Fat

7 g Saturated Fat

35 % Daily Saturated Fat

90 g Cholesterol

30 % Daily Cholesterol

830 mg Sodium

35 % Daily Sodium

57 g Total Carbohydrates

57 g % Daily Total Carbohydrates

4 g Dietary Fiber

16 % Daily Dietary Fiber

13 g Sugars

31 g Protein

4 % Daily Protein

10 % Daily Vitamin C

10 % Daily Calcium

25 % Daily Iron