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

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. 5 stars
    I love this recipe. It’s my go to every time we want homemade lettuce wrapped burgers. For the nutrition facts that you provided, is that total for all 4 patties or just for one? Thank you.

  2. 5 stars
    Amazing! I used a burger press and did the stove top pan cooking. So moist. Taziki is amazing on the bun with cucumber, lettuce and tomatoes!! Will make again and again!!!

  3. 5 stars
    These are, by far, the best “turkey burger recipe” that I have tried-and loved! So moist and delicious! I added chopped onions and I sprinkled, with Creole Seasoning (Tony Chachere’s), when I cooked them. My husband also loves them and they are now his first request for dinner. Thank you!

  4. These were easy and delicious the family loved them I will make them again ! I will also use the same recipe for ground beef !

  5. Held up beautifully in a non-stick skillet, but the flavor was too mild. Beef burgers have a more intense flavor than turkey burgers. Next time I will try chopped fresh onions and garlic, instead of their powders.

  6. Wow– these were really fantastic. During the winter my kiddos like turkey burgers but I hate cooking them on the stove and smoking up the house. 25 minutes at 375 on a foil-lined sheet pan was perfect. They were juicy and tasted amazing on Hawaiian buns. Going to make these ahead and try freezing them next time. My very picky child had two. (I make slider-sized ones for the kids.)

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 5 stars
    Followed the recipe exactly as stated and it was great! I cooked the turkey burgers using 94% ground turkey on a non-stick skillet. Made half the recipe last night and placed the rest of the uncooked patties in the fridge for today. I didn’t have any issue with the burger crumbling or being too wet to stick together.

  10. 4 stars
    Great recipe. I added a bit more bread crumbs (1/2 cup instead of 1/3 cup)so that the patties would stick together, as well as red pepper flakes for added flavour. We eat the patties without buns and with cranberry sauce.

  11. 3 stars
    Flavor was good but too moist for burgers. Maybe ground chicken instead?? maybe with some smoked paprika?

  12. 5 stars
    These were the best turkey burgers I’ve made! Simple and tasty. You really don’t need a bun or condiments at all there is so much flavor. Freezing them before putting them on the grill is key. Thank you again for another amazing recipe. Yours are always my go-to’s!!

  13. 5 stars
    OOMMGG!!! First turkey burger that my husband and I love!! Juicy not dry!! Didn’t have dijon so used spicy brown mustard and a couple squishes of low-fat mayo. Read a lot of reviews statng soy sauce better than worchester for flavor, so used soy. Other than that, stuck to recipe. Let patties sit in frig for several hours. Patties firmed up as bread crumbs soaked up the liquids. Cooked in ridged cast iron pan. Beautiful grilled marked juicy burgers!! Used 93/7 ground turkey. This was such a good burger I can probably go with 99% fat free ground turkey next time. THANK YOU FOR THIS RECIPE!!!!

  14. 5 stars
    This was my first attempt at making turkey burgers. I know they can be tricky so I followed the recipe exactly and they turned out AMAZING! Totally a fool proof recipe for beginners and the flavor was killer. Will definitely be making these again (:

  15. 5 stars
    Best turkey burger recipe we have tried so far. Moist and full of flavour. Definitely a keeper. Thank you!

  16. 3 stars
    Flavor is good.
    But definitely NOT a burger.
    Too moist and will not stay together.
    More like sloppy joes or crumbly meatballs.

    1. 5 stars
      These were outstanding! I had never made turkey burgers before and these had tons of flavor, were nice and moist, and held together just fine! I baked mine at 400 for 20 min and then broiled for another 5. I baked them on cooling rack over a baking sheet.

  17. 5 stars
    these were delicious.. moist and juicy, fabulous flavor .. the BEST turkey burgers I’ve ever had and I’ve made them many times over the years..my entire family really loved them. I’m a huge beef burger fan .. I’d have a hard time choosing which one to eat if both were in front of me for the taking 🙂

  18. 5 stars
    I made these tonight and they were so good! My husband who doesn’t like Turkey burgers because they can be dry loved them too! We will definitely make these again!

  19. 5 stars
    These were wonderful! My family’s favorite so far. I served the om rustic bread with lettuce, onion & pickle.

  20. 5 stars
    I don’t usually leave reviews, but these were so delicious that I had to! Totally better than I expected, best burger I’ve ever had! Definitely going to make this one again and again.

  21. 5 stars
    I make turkey burgers often, and before I came across this recipe, no one in my house was ever excited. Now that I make these, everyone is on board! I even make up extras and freeze them uncooked for nights when I’m too busy to really cook from scratch.

    These are always moist and juicy!

  22. 5 stars
    This gets an A+. I did tweak it a tad. Added 3 tbls of water, and subbed out the pepper for Back of the Yards spice from The Spice House. Very yummy!

  23. 5 stars
    Everyone loved them! I didn’t have worcestershire (sp?) sauce, so I put in a little bit of bar-b-que sauce. Cooked them on a stove top flat grill and served with cheese, sliced avocado, and sautéed onions cooked in olive oil with a sprinkle of chipolte seasoning.

  24. 5 stars
    These burgers were delicious. Used Italian bread crumbs
    and 1 teaspoon olive oil in the mixture. You do not taste ketchup. Can’t wait to share with family.

  25. 5 stars
    I tried this recipe exactly how it is laid out and the turkey burgers turned juicy and flavorful and delicious!!!! I cooked them on the stovetop!!!!!

  26. I made these last night for my family. Not only did my husband and I love these, but my 5 and 8 year old devoured them! They are pretty picky to I consider this recipe a huge win 🙂 Thanks so much!

  27. 5 stars
    These were BOMB! I’ve always thought turkey burgers were too dry, but was wanting to mix things up on the grill. I saw this photo and decided to give them a try. They were so good! My kids devoured them, which that alone should tell you how good they were. So moist and flavorful. Thanks for sharing.