Green Harissa Turkey Burgers


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All burgers are not created equal. They’ve got to be equal parts juicy, packed full of flavor, perfectly salted and served on a grilled bun with awesome condiments. These Green Harissa Turkey Burgers are exactly that!

Green Harissa Turkey Burgers

As an equal opportunity burger eater, I’m always on the hunt for the perfect burger. Beef burgers, lamb burgers, chicken or turkey or even veggie! You name it…

Aida, one of my favorite partners in crime introduced me to green harissa a few months ago and I’ve been hooked ever since! It’s equal parts spicy, herby and delicious on just about anything! I thought it would be pretty perfect on a juicy turkey burger topped with chilled sliced cucumbers and a bit of feta! Turns out, I was right! It’s awesome!

Green Harissa Turkey Burgers Recipe

Green Harissa Turkey Burgers



For the Burgers

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • burger buns
  • sliced cucumbers
  • crumbled feta

For the Green Harisaa

  • 1 jalapeño
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1 bunch parsley
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1 clove garlic roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil divided
  • water as needed


For the Burger

  • Combine the ground turkey, chopped onion, cumin, paprika, and salt and pepper in a large bowl and combine until the spices are evenly dispersed.
  • Divide the mixture into 4 equal sections and form each section into a burger patty. Heat an indoor or outdoor grill over medium high heat and add the burgers to the grill. Grill the meat for 3-4 minutes on each side until fully cooked.
  • Remove from the grill and serve with a spoonful of green harissa sauce, a few sliced cucumbers and crumbled feta in a burger bun.

For the Harissa

  • Char the jalapeño over an open flame until blackened. Once charred, remove the jalapeño from the flame and set transfer to a cutting board. Trim to top off the pepper and remove the seeds.
  • Transfer the jalapeño into a food processor and add the cilantro, parsley, spinach, almonds, garlic, lemon juice and zest, cumin and olive oil. Pulse for 60 seconds until evenly combined. Drizzle in a few tablespoons of water to smooth it out until it has a consistency similar to pesto. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed. Set aside.

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  1. Todd

    I love everything about this burger! You captured the juiciness perfectly!! I just wanna grab it off the screen 😛

  2. Liz

    Love burgers – thank you for the nice recipe. Have a great weekend!

  3. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite

    I love when you create delicious looking burgers. Looks like I need to get on the harissa band wagon.

  4. Kevin Lynch

    Those burgers look good and I love the sound of the green harissa!

  5. Aimee @ Simple Bites

    I do believe we are ready to begin grilling up here! Can’t wait to try these, Gaby.

  6. Mary Pisarkiewicz

    These look fabulously fresh and delicious. It seems like harissa has replaced sriracha as the years ‘hot’ condiment (no pun intended).

  7. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

    I wanna chomp into one of these delicious burgers for dinner… or maybe two! What a scrumptious recipe, Gaby!

  8. Monika

    Salivating!! This looks delicious, and the harissa sounds perfect!

  9. Josie

    mmmm I love everything about these – especially the green harissa! As an aside, I made your jalapeño-cheddar chicken burgers tonight, and my gosh they are fantastic. LOVE.

  10. Katie | The Surly Housewife

    The cucumber and feta just sets this over the top!!

  11. Sommer @ASpicyPerspective

    I love the toppings! This is one big beautiful burger!

  12. Julie @ Table for Two

    I adore turkey burgers!! They’re probably one of my favs over beef!! Love the addition of harissa in these, so unique and wonderful!

  13. Helen @ Scrummy Lane

    That green harissa sounds wonderful … a bit like a spicy pesto. I always think that burgers look so appetizing but often end up disappointed … when I eat them out, I mean. I have a feeling I wouldn’t be disappointed by this one. Thanks!

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