Turkey-Ricotta Burgers With Leeks and Dill

Turkey-ricotta burgers cook up incredibly moist, with a fluffy, yielding texture and tons of flavor. [Photograph: Lauren Rothman]

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Turkey-Ricotta Burgers With Leeks and Dill

About This Recipe

Yield:Makes 6 medium or 5 large burgers
Active time:35 minutes
Total time:35 minutes
This recipe appears in: Meat Lite: Turkey-Ricotta Burgers With Leeks and Dill


  • 5 tablespoons canola or grapeseed oil, divided
  • 3 large leeks, white and light green parts only, thinly sliced and rinsed of any grit
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, finely chopped (about 2 teaspoons)
  • 1 pound ground turkey, preferably dark meat
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese, preferably whole milk
  • 1/2 cup fine fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh dill leaves
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Buns, for serving
  • Lettuce, for serving
  • Mustard, mayonnaise or barbecue sauce, for serving


  1. 1

    Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-low heat until shimmering. Add leeks and cook, stirring, until translucent and tender but not browned, about 8 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes more. Season to taste with salt and pepper and set aside.

  2. 2

    Combine turkey, ricotta, breadcrumbs, leek mixture, and dill and season generously with salt and pepper. Using your hands, mix until combined. Form mixture into 6 medium or 5 large burgers and set on a plate.

  3. 3

    Wipe out skillet. Add remaining oil and heat over high until shimmering. Add burgers and cook for 7-8 minutes per side. Transfer burgers to a platter, tent with tin foil, and let rest for 5 minutes. Toast buns, if desired, and serve burgers with condiments and fresh lettuce.


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