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Student Recipes

Super easy turkey burgers

Love burgers but hate being bad to your bod? Try our turkey burger recipe out at home – you'll avoid the post-McD's sugar dip, and save yourself some cash!

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They might be the ugliest birds on the planet, but boy are turkeys tasty. Not only do they pack more health benefits than their (slightly) less-ugly cousin, the chicken, but a pack of turkey mince will cost you less than a minced chicken breast for sure.

Turkey is a perfect healthy substitute for beef when making a burger for the reason they contain way less fat, more protein, higher calcium and less sodium than your regular beef burger.

Of course, this also means you can feel less guilty about all the extra cheese and toppings you throw on it!

Head over to our Student Recipes page for loads more ideas of what to cook up at home to save cash!

Make your own turkey burgers


Serves: 4 | Cost: Around £5

  • 500g of turkey mince
  • Half a white onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 egg (optional)
  • salt and pepper
  • Burger buns... plus lettuce, tomato, or any other additional toppings you fancy


  1. Dice your onion into small pieces
  2. Put turkey mince and chopped onions into a large(ish) bowl and crack an egg into it. This will help the meat bind together with the onion so the burgers don't fall apart
  3. Give the mixture a good squidge around to mix it. Add salt and pepper (remember to wash the eggy meat off your hands with soapy water before picking up the salt and pepper!)
  4. Once thoroughly combined, divide the mixture in half then half again to get four equal portions. Roll them into individual balls and squidge them down into burger sized circles
  5. Heat a small glug of oil in a frying pan at a medium heat. Add the burgers and fry for about 5 minutes each side, or until cooked through. To check that the burgers are thoroughly cooked, cut the biggest one in half to make sure the meat is no longer pink and the juices run clear.

When they're ready, remove them from the pan and serve them however you like!

If you'd like some extra flavour in your burger, try adding some spices. Why not try a Moroccan spice pack or some peri peri spices.

The great thing about burgers is you can add whatever toppings and sides you like – the opportunities are endless!

These also freeze really well – just wrap them individually in clingfilm, moving them out of the freezer and into the fridge before you head to uni in the morning so they're defrosted by dinner time.


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