These perfect skillet turkey burgers with romaine and carrot slaw are so glorious they need nothing more than a good bun.

I am in L-O-V-E with these turkey burgers. Turkey burgers, you say? What’s so special about a turkey burger?

Well, let me tell you. For starters, these turkey burgers are deliciously tender seasoned with a simple mixture of Dijon mustard, thyme and green onions.

Turkey burger with romaine and carrot slaw on a white plate next to petite carrots.

The magic happens when the hot, juicy turkey burgers are topped with the simple romaine slaw.

The only reason I even made this recipe is because the “slaw” base was romaine lettuce not cabbage. Brian hates cabbage with a vengeance, and that is putting it mildly.

While I happen to love a good old fashioned cabbage slaw, I have to say that this romaine slaw really works.

I thought the romaine lettuce would get slimy and wilted in the light mayo/vinegar dressing but because the slaw is made right before serving, the lettuce stays fresh-tasting.

What To Serve With This:

These glorious turkey burgers need no other adornment than a good bun and the tasty romaine and carrot slaw. My tummy is rumbling just thinking about these babies. Must make again soon!

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Perfect Turkey Burgers with Romaine and Carrot Slaw

4.80 stars (10 ratings)


  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 scallions, green onions, finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 2 leaves romaine lettuce, thinly sliced crosswise (about 2 cups)
  • 1 medium carrot, coarsely grated
  • 4 soft rolls split and toasted (see note)


  • In a medium bowl, gently combine the turkey, mustard, thyme, scallions, salt and pepper. Don’t overmix. Form the meat into four ¾-inch-thick patties.
  • Heat the oil in a large 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook the patties until completely cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes per side.
  • Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, vinegar, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Toss with the lettuce and carrot.
  • Serve the burgers on the rolls, topped with the slaw.


Buns: I used this French bread roll recipe with whole wheat flour.
Ground Turkey: these turkey burgers turn out more moist and tender if you use ground turkey that is 85 to 93 percent lean.
Cooking Method: I cooked the turkey burgers in a skillet but you could try grilling them. Turkey tends to stick to the grill more than beef so make sure your grill is cleaned and well-oiled.
Serving: 1 Turkey Burger, Calories: 359kcal, Carbohydrates: 34g, Protein: 33g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 63mg, Sodium: 767mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 2g

Recipe Source: adapted slightly from my friend, Reyna M.