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Brenda L. Thomas

Brenda L. Thomas

Photos courtesy of Brenda L. Thomas

“This recipe can be cooked in the oven, fried in a pan with sautéed onions, or be put on the grill. Perfect to take to a BBQ.”

Ganny’s Italian Turkey Burgers

Course: Lunch or dinner
Cuisine: Soul-infused Italian
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Serving Size: 4


  • 1 pound of ground turkey
  • 2 hot Italian turkey sausages (remove skin)
  • Vidalia onions, diced
  • 2 small mixed-color bell peppers, diced
  • 4 chopped mushrooms
  • 1 tsp. of minced garlic
  • McCormick’s Hamburger seasoning
  • McCormick’s Roasted Garlic & Herb seasoning
  • A sprinkle of Italian bread crumbs
  • 1 raw egg, beaten
  • 3 tbsp of olive oil


  1. Lightly sauté the onions, peppers, garlic, and mushrooms.
  2. Mix the ground turkey and sausage in a bowl, adding seasoning and onion mixture.
  3. Mix well and then form into patties.
  4. Allow to sit in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to get firm.
  5. Warm olive oil in a pan over medium-low heat.
  6. Place the burgers in a frying pan two at a time—not to crowd—and cook for at least 8 minutes on each side or cook on the grill for an even better flavor.

Recipe courtesy of the author’s upcoming cookbook, Sayin’ A Taste, out November 13, 2021. To learn more about Brenda Thomas, visit her website and follow her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.