Bacon Cheese Inside Out Turkey Burgers

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I love experimenting with fun turkey burger ideas because, let’s be honest, a plain turkey burger is kind of boring. I either want a juicy, simple beef burger OR a flavor-filled turkey burger. Either works for me. :)

Today I was inspired by a traditional bacon cheeseburger. I had some 99% lean turkey defrosted and a couple of Mini Babybel light rounds, which melt fabulously!

Bacon Cheese Inside Out Turkey Burgers I decided to add some grated zucchini to bulk them up and help the moisture factor as lean turkey can be dry. The result was tasty! They weren’t as flavorful as I thought they would be, but the texture was perfect. Next time I may reduce the zucchini and add some minced onion and garlic. Here’s the base idea, take it and run… :)

  • 8oz extra-lean ground turkey (I had the 99% lean kind)
  • 1/2 cup grated zucchini (100g)
  • 4 tbsp real bacon bits (28g)
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup old-fashioned oats (60g)
  • Pinch of kosher salt and ground black pepper
  • 2 The Laughing Cow Mini Babybel® Light Rounds (or 1 1/2 oz of your favorite cheese)

Put all the ingredients in a bowl except the cheese.

Mix well. The mixture will be moist.

Separate the meat mixture into 4 equal parts of about 4 oz. each. Now take 1 of the 4 oz. portions and separate into 2 small patties.

Open a Babybel round.

Cut it in half lengthwise…

making two circles.

Place one of the cheese circles in the center of a small patty.

Top with the other patty and form together.

Repeat for the other 3 burgers.

Grill the burgers about 6 minutes a side. They will stick, especially if the grill isn’t hot enough. Use nonstick spray or rub the grill with a bit of oil to help.

I ate mine on a new VitaBun with some baby spinach and a squirt of ketchup. It was perfect!

Here’s an inside shot. It came out moist and cheesy!

Other Turkey Burger Ideas …

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
4 1 patty – NOT including the bun
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
200 6g 3g old: 4 new: 5
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
1g 2g 14g 23g

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  1. Brittany

    What a brilliant idea! I am a huge turkey burger fan but I have yet to experiment with them on my own. I will definitely be trying this in the near future! I also really like the idea of using an english muffin as a bun :). Thanks!

  2. Mary Nell

    Looks delicious…not sure about the oats, though. Is it for texture? For the healthy addition? What would be the drawback of not having them?

  3. roni

    I add oats to most of my ground turkey ideas. It bulks them up and helps hold on to moisture as they tend to dry out. Especially the 99% fat free kind. You can run the oats through a processor, then they are just like breadcrumbs.

    It’s no different then adding breadcrumbs to meatballs or meatloaf. That’s what gave me the idea.

  4. Cindy M

    I’m looking at this on my mobile and originally thought the ketchup was cranberry sauce! I will definitely be making these… With a cranberry sauce addition… Something about cranberry and turkey – they were just made for each other! Love the oats as a breadcrumbs substitute! I’ll be trying that as a replacement for crumbs in the future – think they would be good with some Italian seasonings just like regular bread crumbs? Yum! Thanks for the inspiration as always!!

  5. Christine

    Based on your recipe I made turkey pizza burgers tonight – yum! Instead of bacon and worcestershire I used Italian seasoning and tomato paste and substituted the Babybel for some fresh mozzarella I had to use up and added turkey pepperoni slices to the top. Served over a bed of spinach with a dab of homemade pesto on top. And I still have 1/2 the turkey left to try the bacon cheeseburgers you suggested! Thanks for your inspiration! :-)

  6. kelly

    I made these last night and they were divine! I didn’t have the babybel so I used laughing cow cheese wedges. I just gut them in half. I also used 97% lean beef. My hubs charred them a bit but they were still good. Instead of ketchup we added a bit of smokey bbq :O) Thanks for the great burger, next i’ll try the herb one!

  7. kari

    just prepped this – did everything the same but with 16oz of 93/7 turkey, 1/3 whole wheat bread crumbs, 1oz reduced monterey jack per burger (8pts+) – thanks so much for the idea!!!! – we can’t wait to sink our teeth into them :)

  8. Blythe

    I have celiac disease and came upon this website and decided to try as many of the delicious looking and healthy recipes on this site adjusting the recipes to G free.

    We just tried it tonight using Bob’s Red Mill Gluten free old fashioned rolled oats. I ground up about 1/4 of the oats to help the burgers stay together a little bit better.

    My sweet husband who will eat anything that is put in front of him thus is also on a G Free diet LOVED the burgers. Thanks for the delicious recipe!!!!!

  9. Briana

    I just have a question! For 4 patties do you use 16 oz of lean turkey and the rest of the ingredients are right? I’m confused!

  10. roni

    No, just 8 oz. The ingredient list is correct. Not sure how else to help. You end up with 4 patties but I’m making 2 small patties for each (totalling 8) to make getting the cheese in easier. Does that help?

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