Juicy and healthy Whole 30 turkey burger topped with sweet caramelized onions, tomatoes, and a delicious tangy mayo sauce wrapped in crisp lettuce.
The Whole 30 program was great for me. It has been the only clean eating plan that I have completed easily and successfully. It helped to reset my body and encouraged me to be more mindful of what I eat.
With the program, I was able to create so many healthy, delicious meals and snacks that are both satisfying and tasty, like this Whole 30 turkey burger. Even the hubs was pleasantly surprised – he couldn’t believe how good they tasted (and even had two!).
Ingredients and Notes
Ground turkey meat – I use 85% lean with 15% fat ground turkey meat. While on Whole 30, eating more fat and protein will help me feel satiated longer and helps curb cravings.
Caramelized onions – It takes a little extra time to caramelize the onions, but it’s definitely worth it, adding a rich, sweet flavor to the burger.
Iceberg lettuce – I like iceberg for its light and crisp texture. For other bunless burger options you can also use butter leaf, romaine and red or green lettuce.
Tangy mayo sauce -This is a combination of mayo, ketchup, coconut aminos and apple cider vinegar. You can easily make homemade mayo or buy whole 30 compliant mayo. My favorite ketchup is True Made Foods, which is made with just fruits and vegetables. All brands of coconut aminos are Whole 30 compliant and I get the Big Tree brand at Whole Foods. For the apple cider vinegar, Bragg is the brand I use and in my opinion, the best tasting.
Cooking Instructions and Notes
Caramelize the onions
First, start on the onion. Cut 1/4 of the onion and set aside for the patty. Cut the rest of the onion in thin slices. Heat a pan on medium high with ghee or Whole 30 compliant oil. Add the onion when the pan is hot, but not smoking (you don’t want to burn the onions). Once it gets a brown sear on the edges, about 5-10 minutes, lower the temperature to low heat. Stir the onion every 5-10 minutes. Add a splash of water if it dries out too much. Cook for about 30-35 minutes until the onion is soft and color is a deep golden brown.
Make the turkey patties
Mix the ground turkey meat, seasoning, and diced onions together. This recipe will make 4 quarter-pound turkey patties. When forming the patties, you’ll want to flatten it out evenly to about ½ inch thickness. The meat will seize up when cooking so the patty will actually not be that thin.
Cook the patties
To grill, heat the grill on medium-high, then when hot, add the turkey patties and cook each side for about 4 minutes.
To pan sear, heat a pan on medium-high with ghee or Whole 30 oil. When hot, add the meat and cook on each side for about 4 minutes.
Make the mayo sauce by adding all ingredients in a bowl and mix well, then set it in the refrigerator until ready to use. Cut the tomatoes into thick slices. Then wash the lettuce and carefully pull them apart, keeping the leaves intact as much as possible.
Assemble the burger
Place a couple slices of tomatoes on a bed of lettuce. Add the turkey patty then top it with caramelized onions. Drizzle the sauce on and add another bed of lettuce on top. For easier handling, you can wrap the burger in parchment paper.
Hope you enjoy these drool-worthy, healthy Whole 30 turkey burgers! When paired with Whole 30 fries and this tangy mayo sauce, I bet you won’t even miss the bun!
Whole 30 Turkey Burger
- 1 pound ground turkey meat I use 85% lean/15% fat
- 1/4 diced onion
- 1 tablespoon coconut aminos
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
- 1 tomato sliced
- iceberg lettuce leaves try to keep the leaves intact when separating
Whole30 Tangy Mayo sauce
- 3 tablespoon whole30 approved mayonnaise or make your own
- 2 tablespoon whole30 approved ketchup
- 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon coconut aminos
- 3/4 onion, sliced thinly from root to end
- Cut 1/4 of an onion from root to end and set it aside for the patty. Cut the rest of the onion in thin slices from root to end.
- Heat a pan on medium high with ghee or Whole 30 compliant oil.
- Add the onion when the pan is hot, but not smoking (you don’t want to burn the onions). Once it gets a brown sear on the edges, about 5-10 minutes, lower the temperature to low heat.
- Stir the onion every 5-10 minutes. Add a splash of water if it dries out too much. Cook for about 30-35 minutes until the onion is soft and the color is a deep golden brown.
Tangy mayo sauce
- Add mayo, ketchup, apple cider vinegar and coconut aminos to a bowl and mix well. Refrigerate until ready to use.
- In a medium size bowl, add turkey meat, diced onion, coconut aminos, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Mix well.
- Form four quarter pound patties, making sure to flatten it out evenly to about 1/2 inch thickness.
- To grill, heat the grill on medium-high, when hot add the turkey patties and cook each side for about 4 minutes.
- To pan sear, heat a pan on medium-high with ghee or Whole 30 oil. When hot, add the meat and cook on each side for about 4 minutes.
Assembling the burger
- Place a couple slices of tomatoes on a bed of lettuce. Add the turkey patty, top with caramelized onions. Drizzle the sauce on. Add another bed of lettuce on top.