Turkey Burger Recipe
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Turkey Burger Recipe: juicy, flavorful and so easy to make! Cook these turkey burgers on the grill, on the stove or in the oven. Then load them up with your favorite toppings and devour!
This healthy turkey burger recipe is delicious served with baked sweet potato fries, pasta salad, potato salad or macaroni salad. Try topping your turkey burger with my easy homemade guacamole and serve on a brioche bun for the best ever healthy burger!
Best Turkey Burger Recipe
Making this turkey burger recipe is so quick and easy that you won’t be tempted to hit the drive thru the next time you’re craving a burger! Turkey burgers often have the reputation of being dry or flavorless, but not these turkey burgers.
These healthy burgers are truly delicious: they’re moist and juicy and perfectly seasoned!
My favorite thing about these turkey burgers is how easy they are to make. My kids request these for dinner all the time. I’m always happy to put these turkey burgers on the menu because they’re one of my favorite quick and easy meals, too!
To make this turkey burger recipe, you’ll mix together ground turkey and a few other simple ingredients, then form the patties and cook them using your preferred method. Maybe you’re craving a grilled turkey burger. Or maybe you want to stay inside and cook your burgers on the stove or make baked turkey burgers. Either way, I’ll give you all the tips that you need to make the best turkey burgers.
How to Make Turkey Burgers
To make moist turkey burgers, you need to add an ingredient that will give extra moisture to the meat. In this recipe, I use a beaten egg to add moisture. If you need an egg-free recipe, you can replace the egg with one of these alternatives:
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup grated zucchini (squeezed of excess moisture)
Healthy Turkey Burger Recipe Ingredients
- Egg: With turkey burger recipes it can be tricky to make a burger that is moist since ground turkey tends to be dryer than beef. The egg keeps these turkey burgers moist and juicy! (See above for egg-free alternatives.)
- Onion & Garlic: These add flavor, and the onion also adds moisture. Chop the onion and garlic finely.
- Fresh Parsley: Parsley adds fresh flavor to the turkey burgers.
- Worcestershire Sauce: This is optional, but it adds a delicious depth of flavor that makes the burgers extra irresistible.
- Salt and Pepper: Don’t skip the salt and pepper when seasoning your turkey burgers. If you’re really short on time, you can use only salt and pepper as seasoning for turkey burgers.
- Ground Turkey: Some brands of ground turkey are wetter than others, so I recommend testing different brands until you find one that isn’t too wet, especially if you plan to cook your burgers on the grill. Otherwise, the burger patties will be too delicate and may fall apart on the grill (but you can always bake these or cook them in a skillet).
You’ll mix everything together in a bowl using a fork. Mix just until combined so you don’t overwork the meat.
How to Shape Ground Turkey Patties
My friend, Natalie, has an amazing hack for how to shape burger patties. It makes it so easy to create patties that are all the same size!
First you’ll line a lid with plastic wrap. I use one of these wide-mouth mason jar lids, the same ones that I use for my overnight oats. Shape the burger patties in the plastic-lined lid and you will end up with a perfectly round burger patty. Then lift the patty out using the plastic wrap.
How to Cook Turkey Burgers
It’s hard to beat a grilled turkey burger, with flavorful grill marks. When the weather isn’t cooperating, though, you can cook these turkey burgers indoors in a grill pan, skillet, or your oven.
How long a turkey burger takes to cook depends on the thickness of the turkey burger patty, usually 4-6 minutes per side on the grill or stove, or 20 minutes in the oven. Whichever method you use, be sure to fully cook your turkey burgers. A turkey burger is fully cooked when the center of the patty reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. You can insert an instant-read thermometer sideways through the side of a burger to check the temperature of the center.
Grilled Turkey Burgers
Since turkey tends to be more delicate than beef, you’ll want to put your patties in the freezer for about 20 minutes to firm them up before grilling. Be sure your grill grates are clean and heat the grill to medium-high heat. Oil the grill grates well to prevent sticking and grill burgers about 5 minutes per side, until cooked through.
Skillet Turkey Burgers
I love cooking turkey burgers in my cast iron skillet! It’s so easy and they come out perfect with a flavorful browned crust. Preheat your skillet to medium heat and add about 1 tablespoon of olive oil or other cooking oil. Cook the burgers about 5 minutes per side, until cooked through. I usually cover the skillet with a lid while the burgers cook on the first side because this helps the centers cook through without over-browning the outsides.
Baked Turkey Burgers
Baking turkey burgers in the oven is a hands-off way to cook them. Bake turkey burgers in a 400 degree F oven for about 20 minutes, until they are cooked to 165 degrees F. Flip the burgers to the second side after 10 minutes. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper to prevent sticking and for easy cleanup.
How to Freeze Turkey Burgers
I love to meal prep a big batch of turkey burger patties and freeze them (before cooking) for quick meals on busy days. Then thaw them overnight in the refrigerator, cook and enjoy.
You can freeze turkey burger patties stacked on top of each other, with a square of parchment paper between each patty. The easiest way to get the burger patties to freeze flat is to first flash freeze the burgers on burger-sized squares of parchment paper in a single layer on a baking sheet or baking dish.
Once the patties are frozen through, stack them, with the parchment squares in between, and place them in a zip-top bag. You can store frozen turkey burger patties in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Turkey Burger Recipe
- 1 egg (lightly beaten)
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 pound ground turkey
- olive oil or other vegetable oil (for cooking)
- burger buns, lettuce, tomato, red onion, avocado or guacamole, ketchup, mustard, bbq sauce, etc. (as desired)
- Place egg, onion, parsley, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Mix with a fork to combine.
- Add the ground turkey to the bowl and mix gently with the fork until just combined, being careful to not overwork the meat.
- Divide the turkey mixture into 4 equal parts and shape into patties that are about 1/2-inch thick. (See the trick in the post above for an easy way to shape round patties.) Use your thumb to make an indentation in the center of each patty to keep the burgers from doming up in the center.
To Cook Turkey Burgers on the Grill:
- Freeze turkey burger patties for 20 minutes to help them hold together on the grill.
- Meanwhile, heat an outdoor grill with clean grill grates to medium-high heat. Oil the grill grates well to keep the burgers from sticking.
- Cook burgers about 5 minutes per side until cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. Do not flip the burgers too early when cooking on the first side or they may fall apart.
To Cook Turkey Burgers on the Stove:
- Heat a grill pan or skillet, such as a cast iron skillet, over medium heat. Add about 1 tablespoon of oil to the pan and spread it around.
- When the pan is hot, place the turkey burger patties in the pan. Cook about 5 minutes per side, until cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. The burgers should release fairly easily from the pan when they are ready to flip to the second side.
To Cook Turkey Burgers in the Oven:
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and place turkey burger patties on the pan.
- Bake for about 20 minutes, flipping once after 10 minutes. Turkey burgers are done when they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
- You may use 1/2 teaspoon each of garlic powder and onion powder in place of the fresh garlic and onion.
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