Goat Cheese Stuffed Turkey Burgers

Goat Cheese Stuffed Turkey Burgers


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These turkey burgers have a unique flavor thanks to the lemon and thyme seasonings and the goat cheese filling. Topped with homemade roasted red pepper relish, they are the perfect addition to a summer BBQ!

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St. Louis, MO

Time needed

20 min preparation + 10 min cooking

Serving Size / Yield

5 burgers


  • Burgers
  • 1.2 lb. lean ground turkey
  • 6 Tbs. breadcrumbs/oats (we used a combo)
  • 3 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. grated lemon peel
  • 2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 5 Tbs. soft fresh goat cheese
  • Relish
  • 1 1/2 Tbs. olive oil
  • one (14-oz.) jar roasted sweet red peppers
  • 3/4 C. chopped onion
  • 3 tsp. minced garlic
  • 2 1/4 Tbs. cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 Tbs. sugar
  • 1/8 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper

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In a large bowl, mix turkey, oats, lemon juice, lemon peel, thyme, salt, and pepper. Divide into 5 equal portions. Split each portion in half and press to form two equal-sized patties. Place 1 tablespoon goat cheese on top of one patty and top with the other patty. Press along the edges to seal and enclose cheese. Repeat with remaining 4 portions. (Can do this step up to four hours in advance. Cover and refrigerate until ready to grill.)

To make the relish, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Drain jar of red peppers, pat dry, and chop into small pieces. Add to skillet and saute for 2 minutes. Add chopped onions and garlic and continue to cook, stirring frequently, until onions are tender (approximately 5 minutes).  In a small bowl, dissolve sugar in cider. Stir mixture into the red pepper mixture. Add mustard and cayenne pepper. Season with salt. Cook, stirring frequently, until the liquid has evaporated (about 6 minutes). Cool to room temperature. (Can make this 1 day ahead of time. Cover and refrigerate, bringing to room temperature before serving. Makes about 1 cup, which is plenty for the burgers.)

Heat grill to medium-high. Grill prepared burgers until cooked through, about 5 minutes each side. Place burgers on buns. Top with relish and serve.

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