Preformed turkey burgers are a boon to the busy cook. The spicy orange glaze brushed on these burgers gives them a special twist. If desired, top the burgers with lettuce leaves.


1/3 cup orange all-fruit spread
4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons Louisiana-style hot sauce
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
4 packaged lean turkey burgers (4 ounces each)
4 whole-wheat hamburger buns


1 In a medium bowl, combine the orange fruit spread, mustard, lemon juice, hot sauce, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper. Measure out 2 tablespoons of the orange mixture and set it aside to use as a topping for the cooked burgers in step 4. Save the remainder for broiling the burgers in step 2.

2 Preheat the broiler. Sprinkle the burgers with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Spoon the remaining orange mixture over the burgers.

3 Broil the burgers 4 to 6 inches from the heat for 6 minutes, or until cooked through.

4 To serve, place the burgers on the buns and top with the reserved 2 tablespoons orange mixture. Makes 4 servings

Nutrition Facts

per serving: calories 270, total fat 7.9g, saturated fat 2.2g, cholesterol 61mg, dietary fiber 2g, carbohydrate 33g, protein 20g, sodium 824mg

good source of niacin, selenium, vitamin B6

On the Menu

Although preformed turkey burgers are a convenience, they are not the lowest-fat alternative as far as ground turkey goes. So for a more balanced meal, serve the burgers with corn on the cob (skip the butter) and steamed broccoli florets. For dessert, have baked apples.

Many of the recipes in this book contain off-the-shelf foods to help keep recipe prep effort to a minimum—a benefit for your arthritic hands. However, some foods—like canned beans—can hike up sodium levels. If you are carefully watching your sodium, be sure to read this before preparing this recipe: Sodium Intake and Salt in Recipes

From The Johns Hopkins Cookbook Library: Recipes for Arthritis Health, edited by John A. Flynn, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.R. and Lora Brown Wilder, Sc.D., M.S., R.D.

Publication Review By: the Editorial Staff at

Published: 13 Sep 2011

Last Modified: 06 Apr 2015