Healthified Cowboy Turkey Burgers & Ranch Slaw

Healthified Cowboy Turkey Burgers & Ranch Slaw

By The Skinny Fork

These aren't your average turkey burgers. They have a spicy kick that could cause a grown cowboy to kick his spurs up and do a jig!

We're talkin' 1/4 lb. patties that are comprised of extra lean ground turkey that is full of 'yee-haw'ing good things such as onion, cilantro, bacon, hot sauce, jalapeño and even sharp cheddar! Top it all off with a homemade creamy cool ranch slaw and you've quite literally got a meal on a bun!

Servings Size: 5 Burger + 1/4 C. Slaw (Bun not included.)


  • 1 ¼ lb extra lean ground turkey breast

  • ⅔ cup carrot, grated

  • 2 Tbsp whole-wheat bread crumbs

  • 2 Tbsp red onion, diced

  • 2 Tbsp cilantro, chopped

  • 2 Tbsp bacon, cooked and crumbled

  • 1 Tbsp hot sauce (Tabasco)

  • 1 egg white1 - 2 jalapeño pepper, stemmed, seeded and diced1 clove garlic, minced

  • salt, to taste

  • pepper, to taste

  • 2 ½ oz sharp cheddar, crumbled or diced into small cubes


  1. Combine the burger ingredients together with clean hands until well blended and form into five equally sized patties. I like to make my patties ahead of time and keep them on a plate in the fridge, covered with plastic wrap, until I'm ready to grill. This allows the flavors to meld and for the meat to rest a bit after being mashed around. Set the patties out about 10-15 minutes prior to grilling.


  • 2 Tbsp fat-free milk

  • 2 Tbsp plain fat-free Greek yogurt

  • ½ Tbsp light mayonnaise

  • 1 Tbsp dry ranch seasoning

  • ⅛ tsp distilled white vinegar

  • 1 ½ cup rainbow slaw mix


  1. In the mean time, you can prepare your slaw. Whisk together the milk, yogurt, mayo, and seasoning. Add in the vinegar and allow to sit for 5 minutes before whisking the mixture again and tossing with the slaw. This can be made ahead of time as well and left covered in the fridge until ready to top burgers.

  2. Grill your burgers with your method of choice until cooked through. Ground turkey should reach an internal temperature of 180 degrees F. I generally use my indoor counter top grill, but today I had the grill master at my disposal and put him to good use.

  3. Once the burgers are cooked, top each with 1/4 c. slaw and enjoy!

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