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Today, we’re making juicy grilled turkey burgers wrapped in tomato buns! With grilling season well underway, we’re always looking to create fun recipes that will work for you and your lifestyle. This recipe makes three lighter ingredient swaps to make a better-for-you grilling experience. This includes swapping out extra virgin olive oil and using Mazola® Corn Oil instead. A clinical study showed Mazola Corn Oil reduces cholesterol 2x more than extra virgin olive oil. To learn more about this claim, see

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My wife has been a champion of low-carb in our house, and that means no buns for the burgers. Because she’s passing on the buns, I wanted to give her a fun way to eat the burgers — and not with a fork! Queue the tomato buns. They look delicious don’t they?

Turkey burgers grilled and wrapped in halved tomatoes for the burger buns.

Of course, this recipe is like all the recipes on my blog, simple and attainable. You can make this recipe in no time, and the entire family will have fun eating turkey burgers on a bun made of grilled tomatoes.

I like to add oil to my turkey burgers because it’s such a lean meat that they usually turn out dryer than most people like their burgers. For one of our better-for-you swaps, we’re adding 1.5 tbs of corn oilrather than extra virgin olive oil to the ground turkey. Doing so will make them nice and juicy! Corn oil has more cholesterol-blocking plant sterols than other cooking oils – four times more than extra virgin olive oil and one and a half times more than canola oil.

Grilled turkey burgers with cheese placed inside a tomato cut in half for the bun! Great for low-carb diets.

Allowing the natural flavor of your food to shine, Mazola Corn Oil is an all-purpose cholesterol free cooking oil with a variety of uses. You can use it for everything from grilling to sautéing, stir frying, baking, and even making a marinade or dressing.

Tomato Bun Turkey Burgers


  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 4 large tomatoes, halved and seeds removed.
  • 1.5 tbs Mazola Corn Oil
  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • 1 tbs garlic powder
  • Cheese
  • Coleslaw

Grilled turkey burger ingredients including ground turkey, Mazola Corn Oil, soy sauce, and garlic powder.

Pro tip: Use a knife to cut the tomatoes in half, then cut the seeds free from the center flesh. They should fall out in bunches or seed ‘pods’.

Halved tomatoes with seeds removed to use as turkey burger buns for a low carb recipe.


  • Preheat your grill to 400 degrees F.
  • In a mixing bowl, gently knead together the ground turkey, corn oil, soy sauce, and garlic powder. Don’t over mix it!

Ingredients to make juicy turkey burgers with tomato burger buns.

  • Form into 4 equally sized patties.
  • Oil the grill grates and open sides of the tomatoes with corn oil.
  • Cook the turkey burgers on the preheated grill until they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F (about 5 minutes per side).
  • Grill tomatoes open side down to give them a slight char (about 5 minutes).

Grilling turkey burgers and tomatoes for buns the barbecue grill.

  • Melt your favorite cheese on the burgers during the last minute of grilling.

Grilling turkey burgers with cheese on the barbecue grill.

  • Assemble the turkey burgers: coleslaw on the bottom half of the tomato, followed by the burger and top of the tomato.

Turkey burgers grilled with grilled tomato buns.

Our three better-for-you swaps:

  1. Ground turkey rather than ground beef
  2. Tomatoes rather than bread buns
  3. Mazola Corn Oil rather than extra virgin olive oil

Speaking of swapping out, did you know that Mazola Corn Oil has a higher smoke point than most cooking oils at 450°F? This means it will perform well in a variety of cooking applications. Many people don’t realize that the oil’s smoke point is vital in cooking. Once exceeded, it can negatively affect the flavor of your dish and the overall nutritional value. That is what makes Mazola Corn Oil better, in my opinion – you’re not likely to exceed the 450 degree F smoke point in your everyday recipes.

Turkey burgers made with corn oil instead of vegetable oil.

What will you grill with Mazola Corn Oil this summer?


Grilled Turkey Burgers with Tomato Buns

Grilling turkey burgers and using grilled tomatoes instead of bread buns.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main, Main Course, Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people
Author: Andrew Eaton


  • 1 lbs ground turkey
  • 4 large tomatoes, halved and seeds removed
  • 1.5 tbs Mazola Corn Oil
  • 1 tbs Soy sauce
  • 1 tbs garlic powder
  • 4 slices Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Coleslaw


  • Preheat grill to 400 degrees F.
  • In a bowl, gently knead together turkey, corn oil, soy sauce, and garlic powder.
  • Form into 4 patties
  • Oil the open side of the tomatoes and the grill grates with the corn oil
  • Cook (lid closed) turkey burgers on the preheated grill until they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F (About 5 minutes per side). Melt cheese on burgers during the last minute of grilling
  • Grill tomatoes open side down to give them a slight char, 4-6 minutes
  • Place 2 tbs coleslaw on bottom half of each tomato and top with turkey burgers and top half of the tomatoes

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