Juicy Turkey Burgers With Sautéed Tomatoes, Basil, and Ricotta Recipe

At bottom, a turkey burger topped with pan-blistered tomatoes, ricotta, melted shallots, and basil. Yasmin Fahr

These quick and tender turkey burgers are packed with flavor, including a topping of pan-sautéed tomatoes, melted shallots, ricotta cheese, and basil. They're a delicious 30-minute meal.

Why this recipe works:

  • The burger patty is gently mixed with fresh herbs and garlic to amp up the turkey's flavor without overworking the meat.
  • The toppings are made while the burger rests, so that the juices have time to settle into the meat .
  • Blistered tomatoes, creamy ricotta, and fresh basil recall the flavor of meatballs on a bun.

Note: While dark meat from turkey thighs results in the juiciest, most flavorful patties, breast meat will also work well here.

Recipe Facts

Active: 25 mins
Total: 25 mins
Serves: 4 servings

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  • 1 pound ground turkey meat, preferably dark meat
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups loosely packed cilantro leaves and fine stems, roughly chopped
  • 3 medium cloves garlic, minced or grated with a Microplane
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
  • Pinch of dried red chili flakes
  • 1/2 cup fresh ricotta
  • ½ cup loosely packed basil leaves
  • 4 burger buns, toasted


  1. In a mixing bowl, gently combine the turkey, salt, pepper, cilantro, and garlic, being careful not to overwork it, until just combined. Form into 4 loosely packed patties.

  2. Heat the oil in large skillet over medium heat until lightly smoking. Add the patties and cook until browned and crispy, about 6 minutes per side. Let rest.

  3. Meanwhile, pour off all but 1 tablespoon of fat from the pan and heat over medium heat until shimmering. Add shallots and a pinch of salt and cook until softened, about 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and chili flakes, stirring often, until tomatoes break down and soften, about 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

  4. Spoon tomato mixture on the bottom bun halves, top with burger patties and a dollop of ricotta. Top with whole basil leaves and freshly cracked black pepper and serve immediately.

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