Turkey Reuben Burgers are made with lean ground turkey that’s shaped into burgers and topped with a pile of homemade sauerkraut and swiss cheese for a healty twist on the traditional Reuben sandwich.
This recipe was originally posted in March, 2018. It has been updated for photos and content.
- A healthy version of a reuben sandwich, made with lean ground turkey, healthy fermented sauerkraut and swiss cheese.
- It can be made in a skillet or on the grill.
- A fast and easy recipe with only 6 ingredients.
Here is what you will need
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- Olive Oil
- Ground turkey
- Swiss Cheese
- Fermeted sauerkraut, here is my homemade recipe for sauerkraut
- Rye Bread or Rolls
- A Skillet or a grill
- A hand grater
Estimated Time To Make This Recipe: 25 to 35 minutes
How do you make a reuben sandwich healthier?
It’s easy! Ditch the processed meat and replace it with a seasoned organic turkey burger, then top if with fermented sauerkraut. If you are craving a reuben sandwich these burgers the perfect healthy way to satisfy that craving.
The best ground turkey to use for these burgers is organic ground turkey. The addition of the onions to the meat, not only adds flavor, but enough moisture so that the burger is not too dry.
If you don’t have homemade sauerkraut on hand to make this recipe, look for sauerkraut that is fermented,not the typical canned sauer kraut that is on the supermarket shelves which has been pasturized. Organic, fermented sauerkraut can usually be found in the refrigerator section of the supermarket. Fermented sauerkraut has more healthy benefits such as probiotics which are not in the pastuerized versions.
This burger recipe does not contain a large amount of onions, but they add just the right flavor. When the onions are shredded with a hand grater, they almost liquify which adds moisture and flavor to the burger. If you don’t have a hand grater, mince them as small as you can or chop them in a food processor.
We like to serve them on rye bread or rye rolls with a dollop of mustard, but any type of roll will work.
Recipe tips and variations
Make ahead instructions
These burgers are easy to make ahead of time. Mix the ingredients for the burgers together, form them into patties. Store them in the refrigerator for up to one day before cooking them, or freeze them for up to 3 months.
Cook the burgers and add the sauerkraut and cheese just before serving.
Storing Leftover Burgers
Leftover rueben burgers can be stored in the refrigerator either already assembled or not for up to three days.
You can also freeze the burgers cooked without the sauerkraut and cheese for up to three months. Reheat the burgers in a skillet, oven or microwave and add the sauerkraut and cheese.
Ground turkey can be replaced with ground, chicken, beef or pork. Ground meat can also be replaced with roasted turkey slices.
Swiss cheese can be replaced with provolone or Amercian cheese.
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Nutrition information is provided by Nutrifox, an online calculator and is meant to be used for informational purposes only. Even though I try to provide accurate information, these figures should still be considered as estimates.