• Andrew Zimmern’s Ultimate Turkey Burger with Tomato, Ricotta & Basil


Easy, Flavorful Turkey Burgers

By Andrew Zimmern

Adding ricotta, tomato and basil to ground turkey makes the best, most flavorful turkey burger you’ve ever had.

Turkey Burgers with Tomato & Ricotta

Servings: 4


  • 1 pound ground turkey, preferably dark meat
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons ricotta, plus more for garnish
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 basil leaves, chopped, plus more for garnish
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 4 buns
  • Tomato slices


Mix the ground turkey with tomato paste, ricotta, garlic and basil until combined. Season with salt and pepper. Gently form the meat into four patties.

Prepare a grill for medium-high direct cooking and lightly oil the grate. Cook the turkey burgers for about 5 minutes per side, or until cooked through. Place the turkey burgers on the buns, topping with tomato slices, ricotta and a few basil leaves. Serve immediately.

Photograph by Madeleine Hill.

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