Clubhouse Turkey Burgers


Clubhouse Turkey Burgers are packed with yummy ingredients like cheese, BBQ sauce, and bacon!

Clubhouse Turkey Burger |

We’re barely keepin’ our heads above water here in the Midwest, folks – it’s been raining nonstop for days! However dark, dank, and dreary it’s been, though, I will take this all day long over the snow my neighbors to the north in Minnesota have been getting continually blasted with over the past several weeks. I can’t even… Somebody send some sunshine our way!

While the grill remains shut under its cozy cover, Ben and I are moving on indoors, culinarily speaking anyway, and making good use of our Griddler which has been such a gem over the past couple of weeks. No outdoor grill? No problem! The Griddler makes grilling Clubhouse Turkey Burgers indoors, easy. (Wish I could say the same about keeping myself from looking like a drowned rat every time I step outside. This, my friends, is the real challenge!)

Clubhouse Turkey Burgers are turkey burgers with a mishmash of flavorful mix-ins like crumbled bacon, shredded cheddar cheese, and smoky BBQ sauce. I got the idea from the meat counter at Whole Foods, which was selling the pre-made patties for $6.99/lb. Love the idea, but the price tag? Not so much.

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My at-home version took nearly the same amount of time that it would have taken to unwrap the package from the fridge, plus I got to make my kitchen smell like bacon, which is always a plus. These smokey, cheesy, tender burgers are unbelievable. Great for grilling indoors or out, plus they come together in a jif.

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Wish I could say the same about this doggone weather!

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Start the Clubhouse Turkey Burgers with 1lb ground turkey. Ground beef would be excellent too. Now, I usually use 99% fat-free ground turkey breast, as “lean” ground turkey has nearly the same amount of fat and calories as 90/10 ground beef, and more cholesterol, but I made an exception this time since the lean ground turkey was on sale at the store for $2.99/lb. It’s fine occasionally and truly makes for an exceptionally moist and juicy burger!


To the ground turkey add 1/3lb cooked and crumbled bacon, and 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese. 

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Next add 1/4 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce, to add a smokey, savory flavor to the burgers, and 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs to help hold the patties together.

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Mix everything up then divide and form the mixture into 4 patties.

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Whether you’re using an indoor or outdoor grill for these babies, make sure you generously brush or mist the burgers with olive oil or nonstick spray before slapping ’em onto the grates, as the melting cheese and sugar in the BBQ sauce will try and coax ’em to stick. Brush or mist the uncooked side before flipping and grill for 4-5 minutes a side, or until no longer pink in the center.

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Flip those bad boys onto toasted buns (I dig thin buns so I can taste the burger and not the bun,) then smear on some more BBQ sauce and top with the fresh veggies of your choice!

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Clubhouse Turkey Burgers

Serves 4


Clubhouse Turkey Burgers are packed with yummy ingredients like cheese, BBQ sauce, and bacon!


  • 1lb ground turkey
  • 6 strips bacon (about 1/3lb), cooked & crumbled
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup BBQ sauce
  • salt & pepper
  • buns
  • Toppings: red onion, tomato, lettuce, bbq sauce


  1. Mix together turkey, bacon, cheese, panko bread crumbs, BBQ sauce, salt and pepper in a large bowl then divide unto 4 parts and form into patties. Brush or mist one side of the burgers with extra virgin olive oil or nonstick spray then cook for 4-5 minutes on each side, or until cooked through, brushing or misting the uncooked side with more oil before flipping. Top with toppings and serve on toasted buns.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats,

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I served the Clubhouse Turkey Burgers with roasted green beans – so glad to see the freshness back at the store! All I did was snap the ends off then toss the green beans with a little bit of extra virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper then roast for 15 minutes at 425 degrees. Perfecto!

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Literally packed with flavor – make sure you get these cheesy, savory Clubhouse Turkey Burgers on your menu ASAP!

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  1. Those look awesome! You have a Trader Joe’s AND a Whole Foods, I need to move out of Cedar Rapids! If my sump pump can’t keep up with all of this rain, I might have to move. My house might float away:) Have a great weekend!

  2. Britney Mills 04.18.2013

    Looks delicious! What kind of buns do you use?
    I will send some sunshine your way…it’s still pretty cold but sometimes just seeing the sun makes it better.

  3. Linda 04.18.2013

    Those burgers look great! Our grill is iced over here in MN and plows are on the roads. We had spring for a day on Tuesday and I must have slept through summer as it’s winter again. Don’t have a griller but can’t wait to make them if it ever gets to 50. Love your blog!

  4. Nikki 04.18.2013

    Cant wait to watch you tomorrow on KCCI :) Love your blog! Also this recipe will be a great use to my NEW pampered chef grill pan and press!!

  5. Theresa 04.18.2013

    Yum! Those sound so good, I’ll definitely add them to my menu for dinners next week!

    It’s been beautiful here in San Francisco, but come summer, you’ll have beautiful farmers market weather, and we’ll be stuck in the fog! :)

  6. Losing Lindy 04.18.2013

    I can’t believe you will be on TV! Do they have a live website?

    We got over 10 inches of rain since yesterday morning. There is so much flooding that my son’s school (who never cancelled for snow this year) cancelled at 4:40 this morning. I wasn’t happy about that call. But we are watching Despicable Me and eating cheddar microwave popcorn.

  7. These are making my mouth water – they look so delicious! Can’t wait for summer time grilling here too…

  8. Steve Perry 04.18.2013

    The Wife and I love all your turkey burger recipes, I will try this one tonight, And for your LOVE of mushrooms HA HA, I will put a few on top just for you. Thanks

  9. We’re stuck under a layer of snow here in Denver. I think I’m going to have to make a batch of these and some mini s’mores while we watch Sandlot and pretend like it’s too impossibly hot to go outside.

  10. Amanda Betts 04.18.2013

    KCCI is set to record. Can’t wait! Love your writing, and of course all your recipes!! I am always making your recipes and telling my hubby it’s another IGE recipe. :-)

  11. Kari Knudson 04.18.2013

    Oh my… those look so good. Thanks for thinking of us in Minnesota – I still have 2 feet of snow in my yard! But I have your Copycat Olive Garden Pasta e Fagoli Soup in the crockpot waiting for me.

  12. These look so good! And I like your buns. Don’t worry, I mean the ones on the burger :)

  13. That stinks! Although having lived in Arizona my entire life I have to say a bunch of rain sound very nice! ;)

    I love this recipe! Pinning it to make next week. Thanks!

  14. as one of the aforementioned minnesotans, thank you for your nice words. i’m dying a little bit each day that there is more snow in the forecast. it’s currently snowing, and there are about two new inches on the ground right now. WAH! cannot wait for grill season to get here…if it ever decides to come.

  15. Holly 04.18.2013

    Kristen, you read my mind. I was looking for a turkey burger recipe, so I came to your site…and what do I find but a turkey burger recipe! :) I made these tonight & they were DELICIOUS!!!!! So delicious that my husband ate 3! Yes, THREE!! (one with a bun, and two without)
    Thanks for sharing this- Pinning this recipe now to make in the future too.
    (Oh, and just so you know, I made them with turkey bacon & only 1/4 cup panko crumbs- it’s all I had left, and they were perfect :) )

  16. So delicious!! Thanks for sharing! :-) I will add these to my menu plan this week. :-)

  17. Looks delightful!! And looks like you’re trying to pretend it’s grilling weather! ;)

  18. Tieghan 04.18.2013

    I feel you on the weather! We have been getting non-stop snow in CO. I am SO over it!

    This burger is calling my name! I need to make this soon!

  19. debtgirl 04.18.2013

    Okay, here is some sunshine for you~!!
    But now you have to send us some rain or we are gonna shrivel up!

  20. I am ready for the rain to stop too! We have had so much rain in the past 3 days here in Indiana too. I’m thinking a boat might be a good investment. Summer can’t get here soon enough so we can be grilling burgers in the backyard. I love all the flavors you have on yours!!!

  21. That looks amazing. I am adding it to my recipe book!

  22. Double Dippers 04.18.2013

    These burgers are mouthwatering! We’re in Minnesota where winter will not say farewell. We got another 6 inch dumping today and I think these burgers would cure the winter/spring blues!

  23. Crystal 04.19.2013

    Those burgers look so tasty.I love the idea of jazzing up a turkey burger this way! I agree with you about the thin bun. Thank you for sharing!

  24. Oh my they look good! We don’t get ground turkey here in Australia as easily as what you seem to get there.

  25. I would love to eat one of these as I dream of warmer/drier weather! I can’t wait for it to warm up enough to spend time grilling outside!

  26. laurasmess 04.19.2013

    Love the look of these turkey burgers!! But, you know what? My eyes kept drifting to those gorgeous roasted green beans! I’ve never eaten green beans roasted like that before, and they look like a gorgeous alternative to classic potato fries with a burger. I’m also getting into the habit of making carrot fries. Yum. Thanks for sharing your recipe – and gorgeous blog you have here!

  27. Andrea 04.20.2013

    I made these for dinner tonight and they were delicious! I always know it’s a hit if my fiance goes back for seconds…and thirds haha

    Thanks for sharing a great recipe!

  28. Jane 04.23.2013

    I made these last night. My husband and I both loved them. We will definitely make this again!

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    I made these for dinner last night- super easy and super tasty. I am definitely making again!

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    Mine were burned on the outside and raw on the inside.

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