Turkey Patties with Cilantro and Basil Sauce

by Erica Dinho on October 10, 2011

My oldest son loves food made with ground meat, such as meatloaf, meatballs and hamburgers. So, I am always looking for ways to make him dishes using ground beef or pork.

My mother-in-law’s food choices always lean toward health foods and she uses ground turkey to make her meatloaf. The other day I tried it for the first time and to my surprise, I liked it!

After that turkey meatloaf, I decided to cook some ground turkey recipes for my son and these Turkey Patties with Cilantro and Basil sauce is one of them. It was delicious!

Buen provecho!



  • About 8 -10 patties
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup grated onion
  • Olive oil to cook the patties
  • For the sauce

  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh cilantro
  • 1 garlic clove


  1. In a large bowl, combine the turkey, bread crumbs, cilantro, cumin, paprika, salt, pepper, egg and the onion. Using your hands, mix together the ingredients until evenly distributed.
  2. Divide the mixture into equal portions and form each into a patty.
  3. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  4. Cook the patties, turning once, until opaque throughout, about 6 minutes per side.
  5. Serve the patties with the cilantro-basil sauce on the side.
  6. To make the sauce: In a food processor, combine all the ingredients. Taste the sauce and adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper.
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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Belinda @zomppa October 10, 2011 at 9:06 AM

I’m with your son – and love this sauce. I could eat cilantro and basil like there is no tomorrow.


2 gloria October 10, 2011 at 10:18 AM

Esto se ve super rico Erica!! Sounds absolutely nice!! gloria


3 Beatriz October 10, 2011 at 11:14 AM

Hola, soy colombiana y me encantan tus recetas pero me gustaría que las pusieras también en español y con los nombres con los que puedo encontrar los ingredientes acá. De veras sé que sería una buena idea para mí y para muchas


4 Erica October 22, 2011 at 8:41 AM

Beatriz, Ese es mi proximo proyecto! Gracias por visitar my pagina!


5 Juliana October 10, 2011 at 3:09 PM

Wow Erica, these turkey patties look delicious especially paired with this basil sauce…beautiful presentation as well.
Hope you have a great week ahead :-)


6 Lyndsey October 10, 2011 at 4:07 PM

We love ground turkey patties. I use many ground meats except beef (it just doesn’t agree with me) so I am always looking for new recipes tor try. This sounds so good with the basil sauce. I like how you added the cilantro to the sauce and the meat balls!


7 Kalyn October 10, 2011 at 7:50 PM

Definitely sounds good to me!


8 Chris October 11, 2011 at 4:32 PM

To me ground turkey is boring but you have really seasoned it up really well and paired it with that savory basil/cilantro sauce.


9 Erica October 22, 2011 at 8:40 AM

Thank you guys!


10 Kitty November 17, 2011 at 10:02 AM

This sounds fabulous! Even more so since I still have basil and cilantro in the garden because we haven’t had a hard freeze here yet. In fact all your recipes with ground meat look delicious. We use at least 2 lbs of ground turkey a week.


11 israel December 14, 2011 at 11:57 AM

this looks freking goooooooddddddd!!!!!! perfect for my project.


12 israel December 14, 2011 at 11:59 AM

this tastes sooo good!!!


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