creole flavored turkey burgers

creole flavored turkey burgers

These creole flavored turkey burgers satisfy my love of New Orleans flavors in a healthy, weekday friendly alternative.

As much as I love authentic cooking (full of fat, sugar, and flavor) I try to reserve those experiences for weekends and special occasions. Balancing my love for food with a desire to stay healthy leads me to invent a lot of recipes that taste good and are good for you.

Creole cooking tops my list of favorite cuisines and I often experiment with healthier ways to enjoy New Orleans fare. Recipes like my weeknight gumbo and cajun oven fried chicken are favorites in my house and I’m excited to add these creole turkey burgers to the list.

creole flavored turkey burgers
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Since my husband and I have been sheltered in place, and no longer have access to catered tech company lunches, these burgers have become a go-to afternoon meal! Made with lean ground turkey meat, a smoky blend of creole spices, and served with a greek yogurt remoulade sauce these creole flavored turkey burgers make the perfect healthy lunch or dinner. They also make fantastic leftovers and are delicious when served with a fried egg on top!

Looking for Creole spices? Here’s a brand I enjoy:

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creole flavored turkey burgers

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  • Author: Sepideh Campos


Smoky creole spices and lean turkey meat make the perfect, simple weeknight meal. 




  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 3 green onions, whites and greens thinly sliced 
  • ½ cup fresh parsley, chopped 
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated 
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • ¾ teaspoons kosher salt 
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika 
  • ¾ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¾ teaspoon dried thyme 
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper 
  • Zest of 1 fresh lemon
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil 

Skinny remoulade sauce

  • 1 tablespoon nonfat greek yogurt
  • ½ tablespoon ketchup 
  • ½  teaspoon dijon mustard
  • Juice of ½ fresh lemon
  • ½ teaspoon creole seasoning (or ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika plus pinch of cayenne pepper) 
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt 
  • Couple turns fresh cracked black pepper 

Burger fixing suggestions: 

  • Sliced cheese of your choice (I recommend sharp cheddar or pepper jack)
  • Bun of your choice
  • 1 slice sourdough bread per patty for open faced burgers
  • Salad (low carb option)
  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Iceberg or romaine lettuce
  • Pickles 


  1. Make the skinny remoulade sauce by combining all of the sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Taste and add salt if necessary. Set the sauce in the refrigerator while you prepare the burgers. 
  2. In a large bowl combine the ground turkey, green onion, parsley, garlic, egg, salt, paprika, oregano, thyme, cayenne pepper, and lemon zest.
  3. Mix with a clean hand until fully combined. 
  4. Heat oil in a 10 inch skillet over medium heat for 2 minutes. 
  5. Form 4 patties with the meat (dip your hands in a bowl of cold water if the meat is too sticky). 
  6. Cook the patties on the skillet over medium heat until golden brown on the outside and fully cooked throughout (should register 165 on an instant read thermometer), about 5 minutes per side. 
  7. If you’d like to add cheese to your burger, add it as soon as you flip the burger over from the first side you cooked. This will allow the cheese to melt while the second side cooks. 
  8. Serve the burgers alongside a salad or with a bun of your choice.   
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