Classic Jerk Turkey Burger

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September 10, 2017 10 Comments
jerk turkey burger

Summer ran away from me this year. It has ended without me putting a light to my grill and I am here editing this post that I wrote almost two months ago!. I am in my office at work wearing my long sleeve shirt and a parka. Its cold and I am wishing that I was young, carefree with no responsibility. Long gone are those lazy days spent hanging out with friends, going to the beach, reading a good book and more importantly ย 'running a boat ' i.e. its getting together with friends and cooking, sometimes outdoor, everybody contributing something, ย nothing fancy, just plain , cheap food that's good for the soul.


Jerk Turkey Preparation

I have been waiting to invest in a great smoker / grill to make all things ‘jerk’ … fish, turkey, pork and chicken. The original plan was to purchase my smoker this summer to give my Classic Jerk Turkey Burger a great grill stripe and more than a hint of smoke. Well lets say that dream is deferred to later as there were some twists and turns and bumps in the road. And as the proverbial phrase goes… when life gives you lemon, make lemonade!


Jerk Turkey Patties

To get an authentic jerk taste, you need the smoke from the pimento wood. However most of us living abroad compensate for this by allowing the jerk to marinate in herbs and spices over several days. We sometimes utilize the oven or a regular grill but that smoky taste is often missing. Mind you, its still delicious but its not like the jerk you get on the island. Whatever method you use, its a close second to what you can get on the sunny island of Jamaica. We accept it, we “make do” and we move on.

Jerk Turkey Burger

Grill Marks The Spot

I first made these awesome jerk turkey burgers for a group of co workers one weekend two summers ago. Believe me I just made them. Wasn’t trying to do anything special; as far as I was concerned the star of the day was suppose to be my Asian Chicken Kabobs. They loved it as well but they spoke about these jerk turkey burgers for weeks. That’s when I knew I had created something special.

Jerk Turkey Burger

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I have pan fried these succulent jerk turkey burgers on one occasion when the weather prevented me from using the grill. It came out just as beautiful. They were delicious, juicy and very easy to make and will have everyone coming back for more. i will be using my Lodge Cast Iron grill on my stove top to make these burgers.

Classic Jerk Turkey Burger

The Trio

So here goes, you be the judge… try it and let me know what you think about these fabulous jerk turkey burgers.

Classic Jerk Turkey Burger

Properly Dressed Trio


Classic Jerk Turkey Burger

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  • 1lb ground turkey
  • 2 table spoon panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons wet jerk seasoning
  • 1 1/2 table spoon powder jerk seasoning
  • 1 cup grated smoke Gouda cheese
  • 1 green apple cored and grated
  • 2 cloves garlic grated
  • 1 table spoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tablespoon Worcester sauce
  • Glaze for Burger:
  • Combine 2 tablespoon maple syrup and 1/2 tablespoon jerk powder seasoning (Optional)
  • Coleslaw
  • 2 cups of shredded red cabbage
  • 1 cup of shredded cole slaw (white cabbage mixed with carrots)
  • 1/2 cup of vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 tomato thinly sliced
  • lettuce leaves
  • Combine vinegar and sugar
  • Pour over cabbage mix well and set aside
  • Barbecue Sauce
  • 1/2 cup baby ruth sauce
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tsp powder jerk seasoning
  • Mix well


  • Combine all the ingredients and mix lightly. (Do no over mix)
  • Form patties to your preferred size and set aside to rest. Grease and heat grill
  • Spray patties with canola spray and put a dimple in the center of each burger (it will help burger to keep its shape and prevent shrinking)
  • Add to grill
  • Grill for 7 minutes on each side last 2 mins brush with maple syrup mixture
  • Add a slice of your favorite cheese allow to melt
  • Build Burger
  • Butter and Grill your favorite buns
  • Add lettuce leaf on botton roll
  • Add coleslaw
  • Add tomato
  • Add burger
  • Add barbecue
  • Close with another layer of lettuce
  • Add top of bun









  1. Simone

    September 12, 2017
    Always delicious, anxiously awaiting the next meal.
    • Sharnette

      September 14, 2017
      ๐Ÿ˜œI'll make you one when you come see me
  2. Kelly

    September 12, 2017
    It look like I have to get on the grill one more time before the summer is over, officially. This Jerk Turkey burger got me wanting a burger. This is a home run!
    • Sharnette

      September 14, 2017
      The proof is in the pudding...the challenge is on๐Ÿ˜œ

    September 12, 2017
    • Sharnette

      September 14, 2017
      Waiting on you to try it now
  4. Monique Jackson

    September 13, 2017
    This was such great meal ...wonderful blend of flavours .
    • Sharnette

      September 14, 2017
      Thanks for being my assistant and guinea pig, so happy I did not let your taste buds down
  5. Aurelie

    September 14, 2017
    Looks really yummy ๐Ÿ˜‹. Will definitely try the recipe one of these days. Thanks for sharing.
    • Sharnette

      September 14, 2017
      One of these days is today Me Tumba!!!๐Ÿ˜œ. Let me know when you try it and I will send you some curry with Fedex

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