Joe Wicks' McLeanie turkey burger recipe

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This turkey burger by Joe Wicks is cooked in 15 minutes and contains under 700 calories per portion.

Joe Wicks' turkey burger
(Image credit: Maja Smend)
  • healthy
Total Time15 mins
Cost RangeMid
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories669 Kcal33%
Sugar19.3 g21%
Fat17.6 g25%
Saturated Fat7.0 g35%
Salt3.64 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Protein60.3 g121%
Carbohydrates68.5 g26%
Salt3.64 gRow 7 - Cell 2

Joe Wicks’ turkey burger contains 121 per cent of your daily recommended protein and is full of flavour thanks to the clever use of herbs and Asian ingredients. 

Joe Wicks chicken pie recipe makes a great Sunday dinner but if you’re craving a fakeaway, this McLeanie burger is perfect. Joe says: 'Another burger recipe? Guilty. Well, I did say I love burgers. And remember a turkey is not just for Christmas – combined with all these tasty ingredients, you really won’t be disappointed with this super-lean hero burger.'


  • 400g turkey mince
  • 3 tsp fish sauce
  • ½ bunch coriander, leaves only, roughly chopped
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 4 spring onions, finely sliced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 burger buns
  • 2 tbsp full-fat Greek yoghurt
  • 3 tsp chipotle paste 
  • Sliced tomato and lettuce leaves to serve
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, cut into fries




  1. Heat your grill to the highest setting. Chuck the turkey, fish sauce, coriander, sesame oil and spring onion into a large bowl. Season generously with salt and pepper, then get your hands stuck in and work the ingredients well. The more you work the meat, the better the burgers will hold together when cooked. Shape the meat into two equal patties.
  2. Place the patties on your grill pan or baking tray and grill the burgers for 5 minutes on each side or until they are totally cooked through. Check by slicing into one of the patties to make sure the meat is white all the way through, with no raw pink bits left.
  3. Meanwhile cut your burger buns in half. Mix together the yoghurt and chipotle paste and spread over the burger buns. Zap the sweet potato fries in the microwave for 7 minutes at 900w, then leave to rest for 30 seconds. Heat the coconut oil in a frying pan over a high heat. Add the sweet potato fries and fry for about 3 minutes on each side or until they are nicely browned all over. Drain on paper towels, and then season with a good pinch of salt.
  4. When your burger buns are cooked, remove from the grill and build your dream burger stacking it up with tomato and lettuce – the bigger the better.  

Top tips for making Joe Wicks' turkey burger

To see if your turkey burgers are cooked, Joe says: ‘Check by slicing into one of the patties to make sure the meat is white all the way through, with no raw pink bits left.’ alternatively, you could use a meat thermometer. If it reads above 74C, the burgers are cooked through. 

For more tips and flavour ideas, continue reading below. 

Are turkey burgers healthy?

This turkey burger is packed with protein and is lower in fat compared to chicken or beef burgers. Making the burgers from scratch means you know exactly what the ingredients are so you can be confident there are no additives or preservatives. Joe serves the burgers with sweet potato fries but you could opt for a salad if you want a lighter option. 

Are turkey burgers pink?

When cooked, your burgers should have no pink meat remaining. If when you check to see if your burger is cooked through you see some pink, continue grilling until this is gone. 

Do turkey burgers taste like regular burgers?

Turkey burgers have a unique but delicious flavour which is different from chicken, pork or beef. Joe uses a combination of Asian ingredients such as fish sauce and sesame seed oil to give a delicious flavour. You could use pesto and some fresh basil for a Mediterranean twist or even a little curry powder and some mango chutney for an Indian-inspired burger. 

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The book that kick started Joe’s career and popularity. Lean in 15 has 100 recipes which are designed to keep you full, satisfy your nutrition requirements and taste delicious too. From oaty chicken to his bad-boy burrito, we’re sure you’ll find a recipe or two you love.

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