The Very Best Turkey Burger Recipe

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This turkey burger recipe has become one of our favorite grilling staples. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good smash burger but weekdays call for a healthier alternative.

The Very Best Turkey Burger Recipe

Healthier does not come with a lack of flavor! These turkey burgers are seasoned with a simple blend of spices and deliver so much juicy flavor. This recipe also goes well with my baked sweet potato fries or baked parmesan truffle fries. Also, check out my ground turkey stuffed peppers recipe!

The secret to the perfect turkey burger lies in a well-seasoned patty. Turkey lacks some of that delicious beef flavor so I always season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, a dash of sriracha, and Worcestershire sauce. Worcestershire sauce honestly is the “secret” ingredient that pulls it all together. Make sure you get 93% lean ground turkey. 99% lean turkey is a little too lean for my taste and lacks flavor.

Looking for more delicious burgers and sliders? Try my Philly cheesesteak sliders or my BBQ pulled pork sliders. If you’re in the mood for something spicy and savory, you must make my delicious fried spicy chicken sandwich.

Turkey Burger Toppings

The sky is the limit in terms of burger toppings however here are a few of my favorites for inspiration!

  • Burger buns (I love brioche or sesame buns)
  • Sliced avocado or guacamole
  • Crispy bacon
  • Sharp cheddar or American cheese
  • Fried egg
  • Sliced red onion (slice THINLY or soak in cool water to make it less intense)
  • Sliced Jalapeño 
  • Sliced tomato
  • Whole leaf lettuce (skip the iceberg)
  • Dill pickles
  • Ketchup/mustard/spicy mayo

How to Grill Turkey Burgers

The worst thing you can do is prepare patties that are too small and overcook them. Turkey will easily dry out rendering disgusting pucks if you grill on high heat. The sweet spot is a 1/4 pound, 3/4 inch thick, burger cooked for about 5-6 minutes per side on medium heat. This ensures you will still have a tender and juicy inside without totally burning the outside. Ground turkey has less fat so you really need to be careful about overcooking it.

That being said, always ensure the internal temperature reads 165°F before removing it from the heat.

The Very Best Turkey Burger Recipe

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The Very Best Turkey Burger Recipe

Servings: 4
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Total: 27 minutes
These grilled turkey burgers are seasoned up with a simple blend of spices and deliver so much juicy flavor.

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • dash Sriracha
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Turkey Burger Toppings

  • Burger buns, I like brioche or sesame buns
  • Sliced avocado or guacamole
  • Crispy bacon
  • Sharp cheddar or American cheese
  • Fried egg
  • Sliced red onion
  • Sliced Jalapeño
  • Sliced tomato
  • Whole leaf lettuce
  • Dill pickles
  • Ketchup/mustard/spicy mayo

Instructions 

  • Mix ground turkey and all seasonings together in a bowl. Use your hands to form 4 uniform patties, roughly 1/2-3/4 inches thick and 4-5 inches in diameter.
  • Preheat grill to medium heat. Clean the grates well and cook burgers for about 5-6 minutes per side, flipping once. If adding cheese, top in the last minute of cooking. Let burgers rest for 5 minutes before serving.
  • Assemble burgers as desired and serve with my baked sweet potato fries.

Notes

Make sure you get 93% lean ground turkey. 99% lean turkey is a little too lean for my taste and lacks on flavor.

Nutrition

Serving: 1burger with cheese/bun (no toppings)Calories: 310kcalCarbohydrates: 21.5gProtein: 29.8gFat: 11.8gSaturated Fat: 2.1gCholesterol: 72mgSodium: 291mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3.3g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
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About Shawn Williams

My name is Shawn, author behind Kitchen Swagger. I'm a food & drink enthusiast bringing you my own simple and delicious restaurant-inspired recipes.

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