Turkey Reuben Burger – a.k.a. “The Rachel Burger”

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Indulge in the mouthwatering flavors of the Turkey Reuben Burger, affectionately known as "The Rachel Burger". This delightful twist on the classic Reuben sandwich transforms ground turkey into juicy patties seasoned with savory spices, topped with Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, Thousand Island Dressing, and green onions, all sandwiched between grilled buns.

Why Make This Recipe

If you’re looking for a tasty alternative to the traditional beef burger, the Turkey Reuben Burger is a perfect choice. Ground turkey provides a lean and flavorful base for this burger, while the combination of Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Thousand Island Dressing adds a tangy and creamy finish. It’s a delicious way to mix up your burger game!

How to Make Turkey Reuben Burger


  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 egg (slightly beaten)
  • ½ cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • ¼ teaspoon celery seed
  • ¼ teaspoon caraway
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ cup Thousand Island Dressing
  • 3 green onions (sliced, using the white part for the burgers)
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese
  • 1 cup Frank’s Kraut
  • Thousand Island Dressing
  • Tops of the green onions


  1. In a bowl, mix the ground turkey, beaten egg, bread crumbs, celery seed, caraway, salt, pepper, and white part of the sliced green onions. Form 4 patties.
  2. Grill or pan-fry the patties until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F. Add Swiss cheese slices and cook until melted.
  3. Butter the insides of the hamburger buns and grill until golden brown.
  4. Assemble the burgers by placing a patty on a bun, topping it with Frank’s Kraut, Thousand Island Dressing, and the green onion tops.

How to Serve Turkey Reuben Burger

Serve the Turkey Reuben Burgers hot, with a side of crispy fries, coleslaw, or a simple green salad. Pair it with a cold drink or a refreshing beer for a satisfying meal.

How to Store Turkey Reuben Burger

Store any leftover Turkey Reuben Burgers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave until heated through before serving.

Tips to Make Turkey Reuben Burger

  • Don’t overmix the turkey patties to keep them juicy.
  • Use a meat thermometer to ensure the patties are cooked through.
  • Customize the burger with additional toppings like pickles, mustard, or avocado.


For a vegetarian twist, substitute the ground turkey with plant-based burger patties. You can also experiment with different types of cheese, such as cheddar or pepper jack, to change up the flavor profile.


  1. Can I use ground chicken instead of ground turkey?
    • Yes, ground chicken can be used as a substitute for ground turkey in this recipe.
  2. How can I make this recipe gluten-free?
    • Use gluten-free bread crumbs or crushed gluten-free crackers in place of seasoned bread crumbs.
  3. Can I grill the buns instead of pan-frying them?
    • Yes, grilling the buns adds a delicious smoky flavor to the Turkey Reuben Burgers.

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