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Harissa turkey burgers recipe

Harissa turkey burgers recipe

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A healthier and spicier alternative to your traditional beef burger, these harissa turkey burgers pack a punch. Served with a side of root vegetable fries – we love sweet potato, parsnip, beetroot or butternut squash. See method

  • Serves 4
  • 10 mins to prepare and 30 mins to cook
  • 530 calories / serving
  • Freezable
  • Healthy
  • Dairy-free


  • 1kg sweet potatoes, scrubbed and cut into fries
  • 1½ tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 red onions, finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 50g wholewheat couscous
  • 500g pack 7% fat turkey mince
  • 2 tbsp harissa paste
  • 227g tin pineapple slices in natural juice
  • 15g fresh mint, leaves chopped
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely diced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 50g baby spinach
If you don't have red onions, try using white, brown or spring onions

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    13g 18%
  • Saturates

    3g 14%
  • Sugars

    22g 25%
  • Salt

    0.8g 13%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 71g Protein 35.9g Fibre 10.5g


  1. Preheat the oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C. Divide the sweet potato fries between 2 baking trays. Toss with ½ tbsp oil and spread out the fries. Bake for 25-30 mins, turning halfway, until crisp.
  2. Meanwhile, heat ½ tbsp oil in a nonstick frying pan over a medium heat and fry three-quarters of the onion for 8 mins. Add the garlic and fry for 1 min. Tip into a bowl and leave to cool a little.
  3. Put the couscous in a heatproof bowl and add 100ml boiling water. Cover with a plate and set aside for 6-8 mins until all the water has been absorbed. Fluff up with a fork.
  4. Put the mince, couscous, softened onion and harissa in a large bowl. Mix well with clean hands, then form into 4 patties. Heat ½ tbsp oil in the frying pan and fry the patties over a medium heat for 5 mins each side until cooked through and golden.
  5. Drain the pineapple, reserving 1 tbsp juice. Chop and mix with the mint, chilli, remaining onion, reserved juice and lime juice. Serve with the burgers, fries and spinach.

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Freezing and defrosting guidelines

Freeze burgers only. In order to enjoy optimum flavour and quality, frozen items are best used within 3 months of their freezing date. For more tips on freezing and defrosting food, read our article Love Your Freezer.

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