Delish BBQ recipe: Basil Turkey Burgers With Sticky Pepper Relish

Published Friday, Aug 8 2014, 18:40 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Burgers always go down a treat but if you fancy a change to the usual beef variety - how about trying these tasty turkey burgers?

Pesto is added to the mince, creating a nice basil flavour, and they're served with a fiery red pepper relish. Whip up for a BBQ and impress your guests.

Basil turkey burger

© Lesley Waters Cookery School


  • For the burgers:
  • 450g (1lb) minced turkey
  • 125g (4 1/2 oz) ready grated raw carrot (approx. 3 medium carrots, peeled and grated)
  • 4 spring onions, chopped or snipped
  • 45ml (3 tablespoons) green or red ready-made pesto
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 10 pumps Fussels’ rapeseed oil approx.
  • 4 ciabatta rolls warm and split
  • Handful rocket leaves
  • For the relish:
  • 8 pumps Fussels’ Rapeseed oil
  • 300g (10 1/2oz) frozen sliced mixed peppers
  • 1 red chilli, chopped or a pinch of dried chilli
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and lightly crushed
  • Juice 1/2 lemon


1 Start with the pepper relish. Heat the olive oil in a large pan. Add the frozen peppers, chilli, bay leaf, garlic, sugar and lemon juice.

2 Place a piece of wet, crushed greaseproof paper over the peppers and cover with a lid. Gently cook for 35-40 minutes or until the peppers are meltingly soft.

3 Remove the paper from the pan and increase the heat to reduce the liquid for approx. 3-4 minutes. Season. (The relish will keep in the fridge for several days).

4 Next, in large bowl, mix the turkey with the carrot, spring onions and pesto. Add the egg and season with freshly ground black pepper, stir well to combine really well.

5 Divide the turkey mixture into 4 and shape into large burgers. Chill in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.

6 Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan, cook burgers for approx. 7-8 minutes each side on a medium heat or until golden and cooked through.

7 Serve in ciabatta rolls with crisp rocket leaves and a good dollop of the pepper relish.

Prep Time

Burgers: 40 minutes, Relish: 5-10 minutes

Cook Time

Burgers: 20 minutes, Relish: 40 minutes

Nutrition Information

Serves 4

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Recipe courtesy of Fussels and the Lesley Waters Cookery School