Turkey Burger

Lean & juicy turkey burgers are packed with flavor but light on calories. They are a perfectly delicious addition to your next BBQ!

You wouldn’t guess this delicious turkey burger isn’t made from beef! Pair this healthy, but tasty version with a side of Baked French FriesMacaroni Salad, or Baked Beans. Or try Grilled Asparagus and Boiling Corn on the Cob to keep the healthy vibes going!

Turkey burger with all the fixin's served with grapes on a blue striped plate

one Lean & mean burger

Burgers are a staple dinner item in our home at any time of the year. We don’t limit this all American dish to grilling season. 

I do like to mix up the flavors and add some twists here and there. This version is a healthy twist with a a lot of flavor! Turkey burgers have a lower fat content, which makes them healthier, but also means they can be dry or burn easily. 

To make sure these are packed with flavor I upped the spices, added some soy sauce, and use egg and bread crumbs to bind it all together.

The result is a delicious and healthy twist and one yummy burger!

ground turkey meat mixed with seasonings in a white bowl

Best turkey burger recipe

MIX. Add all the ingredients to a large bowl and mix together.

FORM. Divide the meat into 6 portions. Press each portion into a 6 inch round patty (the patties will shrink once cooked). After you have formed the patties use the back of a spoon and make a slight indent in the middle of each of the patties. This will help keep the patties from puffing up in the middle.

COOK. Heat skillet to medium low and cook the patties to an internal temp of 180°F. This will be 3-5 minutes per side.

formed turkey patties on a cutting board

Grill it!

I used a skillet to cook the burgers, but they would be equally delicious cooked on a grill.

PREP. Coating the clean grates with vegetable oil will help keep them from sticking.

GRILL. Grill over medium high heat for 5 min covered until grill marked form. Flip and grill an additional 3-5 until cooked through. (180°F)

cooked turkey patty browned on a bun

Tips + Storing info

Turkey burgers often turn out dry. There are a couple factors to keep in mind that contribute to this…

  • Fat content: Turkey is often chosen because it is a lean meat. However, try to stay between 93/7 or  97/3 percent fat content. Having a little bit of fat will aid in a juicier burger, but too much fat and your burger will be too wet to hold together. 
  • Over cooking: I admit the first couple burgers I made didn’t turn out well because I had my stove turned up too high and they overcooked. The internal temp of a turkey burger should be 165°F.

Make ahead of time: The patties can be formed up to two days ahead of time and stored in the ridge until you’re ready to cook them.

To STORE, separate patties with parchment paper and store them in an airtight container.

FREEZE the patties for up to 6 months.

turkey burger on a bun with lettuce, tomato, and cheese served an a blue striped plate

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Turkey Burger Recipe

5 from 6 votes
Lean & juicy turkey burgers are packed with flavor but light on calories. They are a perfectly delicious addition to your next BBQ!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 218 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

  • 2 lb ground turkey
  • 1/8 c seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1/4 c chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/4 c ground black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Add all the ingredients to a large bowl and mix together.
  • Divide the meat into 6 portions. Press each portion into a 6 inch round patty (the patties will shrink once cooked).
  • After you have formed the patties use the back of a spoon and make a slight indent in the middle of each of the patties. This will help keep the patties from puffing up in the middle.
  • Heat skillet to medium low and cook the patties to an internal temp of 180°F. This will be 3-5 minutes per side.

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. 5 stars
    Love this turkey burger recipe! It still turned out juicy compared to a beef burger and it’s healthier. My kids loved it so that was the true test!

    1. Thanks so much! Yes, if kids approve, that’s a tell tale sign it’s a keeper, right? 😉 Thanks for giving the recipe a try!

  2. 5 stars
    I’d never made turkey burgers before and tried this recipe out to be healthier. It was sooo good and I was honestly very surprised as how much I liked them. I did burn the first patty and had to adjust my stove temperature, but once that was correct the rest came out great.
    Also, thanks for the tip on indenting the patty a little. I’ve made beef burgers that just came out to puffy and didn’t know how to fix that.