Healthy, juicy, and delicious Turkey Burgers made with ground turkey and a simple seasoning. Plus tips for cooking turkey burgers on the stovetop, in the oven, or on the grill.

This recipe is a healthy twist on our perfect hamburgers!  If you’re loving the grill as much as we are, don’t miss our other grill recipes including our Veggie Burgers, Grilled Pizzas, and  Chicken Kebabs!

Two turkey burgers served in buns, topped with avocado, lettuce and onion.

What we LOVE about these Turkey Burgers:

  • Healthy AND Tasty! We love subbing ground turkey for ground beef because it’s often much leaner.  Plus, with our amazing turkey burger seasoning, I think you’ll find it tastes every bit as good as a juicy hamburger!
  • Juicy, not dry. No one wants a dry burger, so we’ve included some important ingredients to ensure your burger stays juicy.
  • Cook it your way!  We’ve included instructions for cooking your turkey burgers on the stovetop, in the oven, or on the grill.

How to Make the Perfect Turkey Burger:

1. Combine burger ingredients: In a mixing bowl, add turkey, garlic powder, onion powder, ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper, egg and breadcrumbs. Using a fork, mix together—try not to mix it too much.

Two process photos of the all of ingredients for turkey burgers, added to a bowl to combine.

2. Shape into patties: Make your patties about ½ inch thick— they will be really moist. Use your thumb to make a depression in the center of each patty. If grilling, place the patties on a parchment lined plate and freeze for 20 minutes.

3. Cook:

    • Stovetop: Heat the canola oil in a nonstick griddle or large nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat. (Or spray generously with non-stick cooking spray). Once hot, cook the patties for 4-5 minutes on each side.
    • Grill: Freeze the patties for 20 minutes before grilling (this will help them hold their shape.) Grill for a few minutes on each side, until cooked through or they reach an internal temperature of 160F
    • Oven: Bake at 375 F for 25-30 minutes. Then sear on a hot pan for 2 minutes on each side.

4. Serve on buns, with desired toppings and condiments of your choice.

Turkey Burger toppings: 

  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Onion
  • Pickels
  • Avocado
  • Grilled mushrooms
  • Bacon
  • Condiments: ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, BBQ sauce

Variations and adaptations:

  • Protein Style: Serve your turkey burger with all your desired toppings, wrapped in Boston bib lettuce cups.
  • Make it Spicy: finely chop a jalapeño pepper and mix it in with the turkey in Step 1.
  • Black and Bleu Turkey Burger: Mix in ¾ cup bleu cheese crumbles in with the ground turkey in Step 1.  Brown onions in a skillet with butter and add to the top of the cooked turkey burger.
  • Gluten Free: Substitute almond flour for bread crumbs.
Make Ahead and Freezing Instructions:

To make ahead: Make burger through step 2 of the recipe, just before cooking.  Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and cover them with plastic wrap.  Refrigerate for up to 1 day before baking.  

To freeze: Make burger through step 2 of the recipe, just before cooking.  Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and put them in the freezer to “flash freeze” for one hour.  Once burger patties are partially frozen, layer them in a freezer safe bag or container, with parchment paper between them.  Freeze for 2-3 months.  Bake from frozen or thaw in refrigerator.

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Recipe

Two turkey burgers served in buns, topped with avocado, lettuce and onion.
Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins
Total 20 mins
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Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/3 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 4 buns
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil , or use pan spray

For serving:

  • Condiments: ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, BBQ sauce
  • Toppings: lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, avocado

Instructions
 

  • Mix together: To a mixing bowl add turkey, garlic powder, onion powder, ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper, egg and breadcrumbs. Using a fork, mix together—try not to mix it too much.
  • Shape into 4 patties about ½ inch thick— they will be really moist.
  • Use your thumb to make a depression in the center of each patty. If grilling, place the patties on a parchment lined plate and freeze for 20 minutes.

Cooking options:

  • Skillet: Heat the canola oil in a nonstick griddle or large nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat. (Or spray generously with non-stick cooking spray). Once hot, cook the patties for 4-5 minutes on each side.
  • Grill: Freeze the patties for 20 minutes before grilling (this will help the hold their shape.) Grill for a few minutes on each side, until cooked through.
  • Oven: Bake at 375 F for 25-30 minutes. Then sear on a hot pan for 2 minutes on each side.
  • Serve on buns, with the condiments of your choice.

Notes

Make ahead Instructions: Make burger through step 2 of the recipe, just before cooking.  Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and cover them with plastic wrap.  Refrigerate for up to 1 day before baking.  
Freezing Instructions: Make burger through step 2 of the recipe, just before cooking. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and put them in the freezer to “flash freeze” for one hour.  Once burger patties are partially frozen layer them in a freezer safe bag or container with parchment paper between them.  Freeze for 2-3 months.  Cook from frozen or thaw in refrigerator.

Nutrition

Calories: 395kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 35gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 103mgSodium: 977mgPotassium: 397mgFiber: 2gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 117IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 32mgIron: 12mg

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  1. 2 stars
    Smelled really good when cooking but taste was not that impressive. It could have been that I used 100% white meat ground turkey instead of the mixed ground.

  2. 5 stars
    Really tasty and better than restaurant worthy!
    Only modifications were using panko crumbs and adding fresh parsley ( about 1/3 cup).
    When frying once it was brown we added a little water to steam it and keep it moist.

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