Grilled Cheesy Turkey Burgers with Quick-Pickled Red Onions

Extra sharp cheddar cheese and green onions add moisture and flavor and make these turkey burgers extra juicy and delicious. Top with an easy pickled red onion for a tangy kick that makes an everyday meal something a little more special.


  • 1 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 red onion, sliced 1/4 inch thick into half-moons
  • 1 1/4 pounds lean ground turkey
  • 3 thinly sliced green onions
  • 1 cup finely grated extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 hamburger buns, toasted
  • Sliced tomatoes, lettuce, ketchup, mustard, for topping


To make the pickled red onions:

Add the vinegar to a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir in the sugar and salt until it dissolves. Add the onions to the vinegar, making sure they are fully submerged in the vinegar. Reduce heat to a simmer, and cook the onions for 5 minutes, until they are softened and bright pink. Turn off heat and cool completely.

Heat gas or charcoal grill to medium-high heat.

In a medium bowl, combine the turkey, green onion, and grated cheese. Season the mixture with salt and pepper. Form into 4 3/4-inch thick patties. Lightly brush the outsides of the burgers with olive oil and season both sides of the patties.

Grill the burger patties for 6 minutes per side, until thoroughly cooked through, or until a thermometer inserted into the center of the burger reaches 165 degrees.

Place the patties between the toasted buns and dress with pickled red onions, lettuce, tomato, ketchup, and mustard.

Tip: Chop up the leftover pickled onions to use as a topping on chili, soups or tacos

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