I have used turkey mince for this recipe as it’s low in fat and a good source of protein.   Beef, lamb or pork mince works just as well.  I have added carrot and courgette to the burgers to keep up with the “five a day” intake.  If you want a meatier burger omit the veg or use less but do make sure you add the onion, garlic and celery.

Makes 6 good sized burgers.

500g turkey mince
1 medium onion
2 garlic cloves
1 celery stick
1 medium courgette
1 medium carrot
Good handful of fresh herbs or 1 tbsp dried oregano or mixed herbs
Salt and pepper
6 bread buns or burger buns

Cheese – cheddar, blue or mozzarella
Onion rings
Sliced red onion
Crispy bacon
Slice tomatoes
Sliced Gherkin

Heat the oven to 180C fan assisted.

Peel and finely chop the onion and garlic and put in a large bowl.  Finely chop the celery and herbs, grate the courgette and peel and grate the carrot.  Add to the bowl along with the turkey mince.  Season generously with salt and pepper.  Mix with clean hands until thoroughly combined.


Peel and roughly chop the onion, garlic and carrot and put in a food processor.  Roughly chop the celery, herb and courgette.  Add to the food processor and blitz.  Add the turkey mince and season with salt and pepper.  Blitz to the desired consistency.

Divide the mixture into 6 equal balls and flatten into a patty shape, approximately 2cm thick.   The mixture will be quite wet and sticky.  This is perfectly normal because of the water content in the vegetables.  Place the burgers on a baking tray that has been lined with baking parchment.  This will stop them from sticking.  Alternatively, brush the tray with oil.  Cook in the oven for approximately 25 minutes until cooked through.  If you are topping your burger with cheese take the tray out of the oven, add the sliced cheese of your choice and return to the oven until the cheese is bubbling.

To serve – put the bottom half of each bun on a plate, add lettuce and sliced tomato and top with the burger.  Add your chosen toppings and top half of the bun.  Enjoy!

Handy Hints

  • Blitzing the ingredients is a great way to hide vegetables if you have a fussy eater and a great way to keep up with your five a day intake.
  • Serve with potato wedges and coleslaw.