Keto lettuce-wrapped turkey burgers

These keto lettuce-wrapped turkey burgers are a simple and tasty alternative to the classic beef burger served with a bun.

Turkey burgers wrapped in lettuce leaves

Turkey meat is a great source of protein and quite versatile: for this recipe, you can buy some burgers from your local butcher or make your own starting from some good quality mince. A hint of spiciness in the burgers works really well with this recipe, so go for chilli flakes, cayenne pepper, paprika or a mix of them.

Turkey burgers wrapped in lettuce leaves on a plate

These keto lettuce-wrapped turkey burgers have a delicious combination of:

  • lettuce leaves
  • spicy turkey burgers
  • caramelised onions (shallots would work well, too)
  • homemade sauce
  • parsley (coriander is another great option)

Using lettuce instead of bread is a lovely idea to create a low-carb burger or simply something fresh and different from the usual options. Apart from the classic leaves of lettuce, you could also try to use a different kind of salad greens or even savoy cabbage. If you want to soften the cabbage leaves, try to massage them with some lemon juice and a pinch of salt, then wait 5 minutes before using them.

These keto lettuce-wrapped turkey burgers may not sound too fancy but they are delicious and you could also use this recipe as a starting point to create your own favourite low-carb burger.

In this recipe, all the ingredients are well-balanced and they have their own importance. The caramelised onions have a strong flavour and they balance really well the sauce, while the spiciness from the burgers makes a great match with the freshness of the lettuce.

Common questions about these keto lettuce wrapped turkey burgers

  • Can I make these burgers in advance? Considering that turkey meat is quite different from beef or pork, it’s better to cook the burgers right before serving. Turkey burgers can easily become quite dry, so if you cook them in advance, you may end up with a tasteless and dry result. You can prepare the other ingredients in advance (even the day before) and keep them in the fridge in separate closed containers.
  • Can I use a different kind of meat or veggie burgers? Technically, yes. Try to adapt the other ingredients to the flavour of your burgers.
  • Can I change some of the ingredients? Yes, just remember that, in this recipe, the toppings have an important role in the overall flavour profile of the burgers.
  • How to serve them? Try to pair these keto turkey burgers with a salad for a tasty lunch or dinner (for example one with halloumi or any other salad made with a fresh combination of vegetables). You could make a smaller version of these burgers and serve them with vegetables and dips as part of a snack platter.
Ingredients for turkey burgers with lettuce and caramelised onions
Sauce for burgers with lemon juice and tahini
Turkey burgers wrapped in lettuce leaves served with sauce and caramelised onions

Keto lettuce-wrapped turkey burgers

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

These keto lettuce-wrapped turkey burgers are a simple and tasty alternative to the classic beef burger served with a bun.

Ingredients

  • 2 spicy turkey burgers
  • 4 leaves of lettuce
  • 3 tbsp caramelised onions 
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp fresh chillies, sliced
  • 2 tbsp tahini sauce
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/3 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
  • a pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Cook the burgers - ensure the meat is fully cooked through.
  2. Prepare the other ingredients for the burgers: lettuce, caramelised onions, parsley and chillies.
  3. Make the sauce mixing together all the ingredients: tahini, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Add enough cold water to get the right consistency.
  4. Assemble the burgers according to your preferences. The burgers should be just slightly warm. Cook the patties, then wait a few minutes before assembling the burgers, until the meat will be at the right temperature. Same for the caramelised onions.

Notes

  • To make the caramelised onions, you can follow this recipe. Use balsamic vinegar for a tasty option. Don't add sugar if you want to keep the recipe keto.
  • For the burgers, you can make your own or use some store-bought burgers. See the introduction of this recipe for more details.
  • The nutritional information written below has been calculated using 2 turkey burgers made with 150 g of turkey breast mince overall and spices.

Nutrition Information
Yield 2
Amount Per Serving Total Fat 8.4gCarbohydrates 13.8gNet Carbohydrates 10.2gFiber 3.6gProtein 4.4g

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Turkey burgers wrapped in lettuce leaves served with sauce and caramelised onions

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