Turkey and Grilled Eggplant Burger

The Turkey and Grilled Eggplant Burger is a culinary creation that brings a lighter, yet robustly flavored alternative to the table.

This gourmet burger, featuring a juicy turkey patty and smoky slices of grilled eggplant, is an embodiment of rustic charm and contemporary taste. The leaner turkey meat, seasoned with herbs and spices, provides a perfect base for the rich, creamy texture of the eggplant, creating a delightful interplay of flavors and textures.

Served on a toasted bun with a spread of herbed aioli and crisp greens, this burger is not only satisfying but also has a touch of Mediterranean flair.


For the Turkey Patties:

  • 1 lb (450 g) ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, for grilling

For the Grilled Eggplant:

  • 1 large eggplant, sliced into 1/2-inch rounds
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  • 4 whole wheat hamburger buns, halved and toasted
  • 4 tablespoons herbed aioli or mayonnaise
  • Mixed salad greens or arugula
  • Optional: Slices of tomato, red onion, and feta cheese


Preparing the Turkey Patties:

  1. In a bowl, mix together the ground turkey with garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, oregano, salt, and pepper.
  2. Form into 4 equal-sized patties.
  3. Heat olive oil in a grill pan or skillet over medium-high heat.
  4. Grill the patties for 5 to 6 minutes per side, or until fully cooked (internal temperature of 165°F or 74°C).

Grilling the Eggplant:

  1. Brush both sides of the eggplant slices with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Grill over medium-high heat for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, or until tender and grill marks appear.

Assembling the Burger:

  1. Spread herbed aioli on the bottom half of each toasted bun.
  2. Place a generous amount of mixed greens on top of the aioli.
  3. Lay a grilled turkey patty on the greens.
  4. Top the patty with grilled eggplant slices.
  5. If using, add slices of tomato, onion, and a sprinkle of feta cheese.
  6. Finish with the top half of the bun.


  • This burger is ideally served fresh off the grill, with the eggplant warm and tender. It can be accompanied by a side of sweet potato fries or a fresh Greek salad to complement the flavors.


  • Preparation time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking time: 15 minutes
  • Total time: 35 minutes


  • This recipe yields 4 wholesome Turkey and Grilled Eggplant Burgers.


Each Turkey and Grilled Eggplant Burger is a celebration of healthful ingredients coming together in a harmonious blend. The heartiness of the turkey is perfectly matched by the subtle, smoky sweetness of the eggplant, with the herbed aioli adding a layer of richness that ties the whole burger together.

Whether you’re looking for a lighter burger option that doesn’t skimp on flavor or a dish that will impress at your next barbecue, this burger is sure to delight the palate and leave guests savoring each bite. It’s a contemporary twist on the classic burger that will make you rethink what you know about this iconic dish.