Turkey Burger Reubens

Topped with melted Swiss cheese, warm sauerkraut and a spoonful of Russian dressing, these turkey burgers are a tasty twist on a deli-style Reuben sandwich. To make sure the burgers are juicy and full of flavor we add some special ingredients to the meat, pan-sear them first to seal in the juices, then finish them in the oven.

Turkey Burger Reubens

Turkey Burger Reubens

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Topped with melted Swiss cheese, warm sauerkraut and spoonful of Russian dressing, these juicy turkey burgers are a great alternative to a classic Reuben sandwich.


  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
  • 2 tablespoons soft breadcrumbs
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3/4 cup sauerkraut, well-drained
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese
  • 4 hamburger rolls

For the Russian Dressing:

  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons chili sauce or ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons prepared horseradish, or more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons sweet onion, minced


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F and line a small rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  • Add the ground turkey, mayonnaise, horseradish, breadcrumbs, salt and a few grinds of black pepper to a mixing bowl. Combine gently but thoroughly and form the mixture into four 1/2-inch thick patties and chill for 15 minutes.
  • While the burgers chill, make the Russian Dressing by combining the mayonnaise, chili sauce, horseradish and onion in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Coat the bottom of a large frying pan with a small amount of vegetable oil and heat over medium high heat. Working in two batches if necessary, sear the turkey burgers until lightly browned, 1 minute per side.
  • Transfer the burgers to the prepared baking sheet and bake for 4 minutes. Remove from the oven, top each burger with a slice of cheese and bake for an additional 1 to 2 minutes until the cheese has melted and the burgers are cooked through.
  • Remove the burgers from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes.
  • While the burgers rest, wipe out the pan, add the butter and melt over medium heat. Add the sauerkraut, combine well and cook for 2 minutes until heated through.
  • To serve, place a burger on each bun and top with sauerkraut and Russian dressing.
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