Dill Havarti Turkey Burgers

Juicy turkey burgers piled high with quick garlic pickles and dill Havarti – trust me, you’ll definitely want to make these a few times this summer!
Dill Havarti Turkey Burgers // @HealthyDelish

When we go out for burgers, one of my favorite things to order is a giant beefy burger loaded with dill Havarti cheese, fried pickles, and ranch dressing. They’re delicious, but they always leave me feeling kind of sick. They’re just too rich. I’ve been waiting for months to pull the grill out and make my own take on a dill Havarti burger. Grill season is finally here and this is what I came up with – and it’s even tastier than the original!

Quick Garlic Pickles-1

I’m not normally a big fan of turkey burgers, but for some reason I just knew that turkey was the way to go with these. To prevent the burgers from being too dry, I chose to use 93% lean meat (instead of 99%) and I mixed it with some shredded zucchini. The zucchini adds moisture to the meat, and I’ve also found that if you season the zucchini instead of the meat, you don’t have to work it as much (overworking the meat makes it tough). Plus it stretches the meat and really bulks the burgers up – quarter pound burgers are kind of small, but these were nice and big. I could barely finish mine! (I’ve written about this trick before when I shared my beef and zucchini burgers.)

Instead of topping the turkey burgers with greasy fried pickles, I made quick garlic pickles. The cucumbers soak up a surprising amount of flavor in just a half hour. They also stay nice and crispy, so they add some bite to your burger. I also toast the buns for even more crunch.

These are definitely the best turkey burgers I’ve ever eaten. I love their light, fresh flavor! They’re definitely a recipe to make again and again this summer.


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Dill Havarti Turkey Burgers
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These turkey burgers are delicious as is, but they'd also be lovely with garlic aioli. Try serving them with BLT pasta salad with smoked tomato bacon vinaigrette.
Serves: 4
  • ½ seedless cucumber, thinly spiced
  • 3 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 zucchini, shredded
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 pound ground turkey (93% lean)
  • 2 ounces dill Havarti cheese
  • 4 whole wheat hamburger rolls
  1. Add the cucumber slices and garlic cloves to a small dish; cover with vinegar. Let sit at least 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, place the zucchini in a colander set in the sink or over a rimmed baking sheet. Season generously with salt and pepper. Let rest 15 minutes. Using your hands, gently squeeze out any excess water (don't go crazy, but the zucchini should be relatively dry.)
  3. Use your hands to gently combine the turkey and zucchini; try not to overwork the meat. Divide into 4 patties.
  4. Heat your grill to about 500ºF. Grill the turkey burgers for 8-10 minutes on each side, or until cooked through. Top each burger with havarti and cook another 1-2 minutes, or until the cheese melts.
  5. Lightly toast the hamburger rolls. Serve the turkey burgers and cucumber slices on the toasted rolls.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 420 Fat: 19 Carbohydrates: 26 Fiber: 4 Protein: 39



  1. I love the cucumbers on here with the havarti. This is going to be one delicious turkey burger.

  2. OMG this looks amazing soooo delish and healthy! Bring it on!

  3. Can’t beat the havarti & dill combo! I also can’t keep my eyes off that pasta salad too! :)

  4. Adding zucchini to give a little moisture is an awesome idea! These look awesome!

  5. What a grand idea with the zucchini in the turkey burgers. Thick and juicy and delicious. The havarti offered an extra taste treat too.

  6. Oh my goodness! So many delicious recipes on my feed today but this has to be my favorite! Added to next weeks menu….. if I can wait that long. ;)

  7. These look healthy AND delicious!! What a great combo!

  8. Love this…and the zucchini mixed with the turkey…well, I have a zucchini obsession lately so this is perfect.

  9. And now I want a burger, bad. Love!

  10. Fabulous darlin! Making me want one right now!

  11. This looks incredible! I LOVE turkey burgers! This is DEFINITELY going to be on the menu!

  12. You know I’m always thinking about vegetarian and vegan options and a simple replacement of veggie sausage might make a nice option for those who like this recipe but want a meat-free version. Daiya also makes a great garlic havarti cheese. Hope you don’t mind my veggie substitution ideas. Love your inspiration!

  13. I’m so all about turkey burgers right now. I’ve posted two w/in a week. I can’t get enough. I’ll add this to my burger to-do list.

  14. Loving the flavors here! And how you added zucchini…so creative!

  15. Oh you had me at Havarti! <3

  16. My family hates when I sneak veggies into burgers like this but you are so right. The zucchini really would add such a great moisture. I’m going to try this one on them. :)

  17. This looks absolutely delicious! It would be a hit with my hubby!

  18. I just saw these on Facebook and I had to come right over here and tell you how AMAZING they look!

  19. Dill havarti is one of my favorite cheeses on the planet. I’d love a burger topped with a big slice!

  20. Yum! Never thought about adding shredded zucchini to burgers – I’m currently doing so with mushrooms but will try zukes for sure next time with this yummy looking recipe :)

  21. I have some dill cheddar. I want to try these burgers with that!

  22. This sound UH-MAZING! I’m such a huge fan of dill with anything creamy… so I bet the havarti combo is awesome :)

  23. This looks like an incredible burger!

  24. My mouth is watering just looking at this burger. YUM.
    Thanks for the recipe!!

  25. These look awesome! I’ve been looking for a great turkey burger. Thanks for sharing!!

  26. You had me at Havarti!

  27. These look and sound amazing and I happen to have ground turkey in my fridge to use today – I just wasn’t sure how I was going to use it! Just figured out what we are having for dinner when I saw your post! I love dill and havarti!

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