Take a break from the traditional beef burgers and dig into these juicy turkey burgers. Flavored with a homemade ranch seasoning and at only 484 calories per serving, these may soon become your family's favorite cookout recipe. If you prefer the lighter flavor of ground chicken, it works just as well as the ground turkey in this recipe. A tasty mix of low-fat sour cream, mayonnaise, and buttermilk stirred into the turkey meat keeps the burgers from drying out. Spices that you probably already have on hand combine to add that tangy ranch flavor that everyone loves. You can have the great outdoor-burger taste any time of the week with these easy burgers, ready in just 20 minutes. You mix everything in one bowl, so cleanup is easy and can be done in a snap, leaving you plenty of time to enjoy the evening. Toast the hamburger buns, slice a red onion and juicy tomato, and add a cold pasta salad or potato salad. 

Mark Driskill


Credit: Photo: Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Torie Cox

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15 mins
20 mins
Serves 4


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  • Combine turkey, garlic powder, onion powder, dill, and 1 tablespoon each of sour cream, mayonnaise, and buttermilk in a medium bowl. Divide turkey mixture into 4 (5-ounce) portions; shape into 1-inch-thick patties. Sprinkle patties with 1/2 teaspoon each of the salt and pepper.

  • Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Add burgers to skillet; cover and cook until bottoms are browned, about 4 minutes. Turn burgers; cover and cook until browned and a meat thermometer inserted in thickest portion registers 165°F, about 3 minutes.

  • Stir together apple cider vinegar and remaining 3 tablespoons each of sour cream and mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons buttermilk, and 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper in a small bowl. Spread about 1 tablespoon of the mixture on each bun half. Place 1 patty on each bottom half of bun; top each with lettuce, tomato, and red onion slices and other half of bun.