Green Goddess Turkey Burgers

green goddess turkey burger
Laurel Randolph
Ratings (9)
  • Total: 30 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings

Green goddess is a classic creamy salad dressing that is named for its bright hue. Fresh herbs like parsley and chives make the Ranch-like sauce bright green and can really freshen up a salad or, in this case, a turkey burger. We add deep green spinach and parsley to the burger patty, and a simplified green goddess sauce livens up the dish. Add your choice of toppings to the already flavorful burger, such as melted cheese, fresh tomato, and onion.

When making the burger patties, note that the mixture will be very wet. Oil your hands before forming the patties, and don't overwork them. You can continue to shape them as needed once they hit the pan. The patties will form a nice crispy top and bottom, and the interior won't dry out. We also recommend lightly toasting the buns just before serving.

Serve your Green Goddess Turkey Burgers with easy oven fries and your choice of crunchy coleslaw for a healthy, but satisfying take on burger and fries.


  • 1 teaspoon plus 1 tablespoon canola oil (or grapeseed oil)
  • 1/2 onion (small diced)
  • 1 bunch fresh spinach (stems discarded and leaves chopped)
  • 2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley (finely chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon stone-ground mustard
  • To Taste: Kosher salt
  • To Taste: Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise (or vegan mayonnaise)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chives (finely chopped and loosely packed)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • 4 leaves green lettuce

Steps to Make It

 Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add 1 teaspoon of oil followed by the onion. Sauté for 1 minute and add the spinach and garlic. Cook for 2 more minutes, or until the onions are translucent and the spinach is wilted. Remove from the heat and let cool a few minutes.

In a large bowl, add the ground turkey, egg, 1 tablespoon of parsley, mustard, and the cooked onion and spinach mixture. Season with salt and pepper and mix well. The mixture will be wet.

Wipe out the skillet and add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Heat over medium-high heat.

Oil your hands and form the turkey burger mixture into four patties, Add to the hot pan and cook for about 5 minutes, or until well browned on the bottom. Flip and cook another 5 minutes, or until cooked through.

While the patties are cooking, make the sauce. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, the remaining 1 tablespoon of parsley, chives, and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper. Mix well.

Spread the sauce on both sides of each bun. Add the turkey burger patty and lettuce. Serve.