The Best Cali Turkey Burgers To Try Now!


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The Best Cali Turkey Burgers To Try Now!

June 15, 2016
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The Best Cali Turkey Burgers To Try Now!

Everyone knows that there are some very distinct differences between NorCal and SoCal. We pitted an earthy NorCal-inspired burger against a spicy SoCal number. Let the battle of the Cali Turkey Burgers begin!


NorCal versus SoCal is the ultimate rivalry…

All things considered, these burgers are no different! We created the ultimate foodie competition using Foster Farms Organic Ground Turkey and BBQed each burger to perfection. The contest was fierce!

Let’s take a look at the two Cali Turkey Burgers!

We pitted NorCal flavors against SoCal’s and the end result is sure to be your two new favorite summertime burgers. Nothin’ but love for California! 

NorCal Turkey Burger

The NorCal Burger

The NorCal incorporates leafy greens and has an earthy, sophisticated flavor. Feta cheese and caramelized onions are incorporated into the meat mixture before grilling, lending a sweet, smoky flavor to the patty that works well with the other ingredients.

SoCal Turkey Burgers

The SoCal Burger

The SoCal merges traditional, spicy ingredients with a twist on greens. Certainly, there was an argument, as with all rivalries, as to which burger was best. Hubby was all about the SoCal; he favors big, bold flavors and the heat in this burger is no joke. It’s not intolerable by any means, but there is a definite warm factor that comes out in the patty and the chipotle aioli.

Both of these Cali Turkey Burgers were fantastic and different in their own right. They each had their own bold, distinct flavor and I think we captured the essence of each region perfectly. As a matter of fact, I couldn’t make a decision as to which was my favorite! It was like when my kids ask me to judge their artwork. I truly loved them both!

Video: Watch us make a SoCal Turkey Burger!

I challenge you to make these burgers this week and hold your own burger challenge! Tell me which version you like best.  

Turkey Burgers cut in half

What to serve with Cali Turkey Burgers.

Every great burger needs an equally delicious side dish and we think we know just what would hit the spot!

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

G Free Foodie knows how to make crispy, delicious Baked Sweet Potato Fries that really hold up!

Oven-Baked Sweet Potato Fries can be tricky, but this recipe will ensure you hit a home run every time.

Click here to make Oven-Baked Sweet Potato Fries!

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Nor Cal Turkey Burger

Nor Cal & So Cal Turkey Burger recipes

Susan, CA Grown Mom
This is a tale of two turkey burgers! Our Nor Cal Turkey Burger has an earthy yet sophisticated flavor. While our So Cal Turkey burger boasts some serious south of the border flair with big bold flavors and just the right amount of heat!
3 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 340 kcal


Nor Cal Turkey Burger

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 red onion sliced thin and caramelized
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup feta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • S&P
  • 1/3 cup Mayo
  • 4 tablespoon fresh chopped basil leaves
  • Arugula
  • Yellow Heirloom tomato
  • Burger Buns toasted

So Cal Burger

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 jalapeno minced and sautéed
  • 1/2 cup bleu cheese crumbles
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 slices white cheddar
  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 2 tablespoons sauce from can of chipotles in adobo sauce
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 bunch red leaf lettuce


To make the Nor Cal Turkey Burger

  • Combine the turkey, garlic, onions, feta, breadcrumbs, S&P and egg. The mixture will be somewhat "wet". Form into patties.
  • BBQ on a hot grill until cooked through. Flip over and continue to grill other side.
  • Top with jack cheese and allow to melt completely.
  • Load up toasted bun with mayo and sprinkle with chopped basil.
  • Place burger on top.
  • Top with handful of arugula.
  • Finish with tomato.
  • Add mayo and more basil to top bun.

To make the So Cal Turkey Burger

  • Combine turkey, jalapeno, garlic, bleu cheese, breadcrumbs, S&P and egg. Mixture will be "wet". Form into patties and grill on a hot BBQ.
  • Top with one slice of white cheddar.
  • Mix the mayo and adobo sauce until well combined.
  • Add the mayo to the bottom of a toasted bun.
  • Top with the cheese melted patty.
  • Top with 1/4 sliced fresh avocado.
  • Top with red leafy lettuce.
  • Add more chipotle aioli to the top bun.



This turkey mixture is very delicate. Have patience when cooking on the grill!
Nutritional information is based on ingredients and measurements for the Nor Cal variation of this turkey burger. 


Calories: 340kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 31gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 122mgSodium: 387mgPotassium: 402mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 153IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 92mgIron: 2mg
Keyword arugula, burger, grilling, ground turkey, hamburger, turkey burger
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