The Best Turkey Burger

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These best juicy turkey burgers made with ground turkey, Worcestershire sauce and a blend of seasonings. They’re loaded with flavor and easy to make on the grill or stovetop.

Grilling season is here and I’m so excited because we finally have a grill again after being without one for quite awhile! Since getting a new grill I’ve been daydreaming about all the things I want to grill this summer in our new house. And these turkey burgers will definitely be on the menu!

I already have a recipe for spinach and feta turkey burgers (which you should definitely try btw!), but I wanted to share a good ol’ fashioned turkey burger recipe for those who might not be into spinach and/or feta.

And not to toot my own horn, but these turkey burgers are definitely the best I’ve ever had.

They’re loaded with flavor and ridiculously easy to make. All you have to do is mix up the ingredients, form the patties and toss them on the grill or cast-iron skillet. Dinner will be ready in minutes!

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Why You’ll Love These Burgers

  • They’re made with simple ingredients to enhance the flavor of the turkey.
  • They’ll satisfy your burger craving in a healthier way.
  • They’re quick and easy to put together and they grill up just as fast!
Ingredients measured out to make turkey burgers: ground turkey, egg, Italian seasoning, sea salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and Worcestershire sauce.

Ingredients Needed

  • ground turkey – I like using ground turkey instead of ground beef for burgers because it’s lower in saturated fat. I typically use 93% lean ground turkey, but you can use 99% lean ground turkey if you prefer.
  • egg – this helps moisten and bind the burgers together so they don’t fall apart on the grill!
  • Italian seasoning – Italian seasoning pairs well with turkey, the combination of herbs complements the flavor without overpowering it. If you don’t have an Italian seasoning blend you can use a blend of other dried spices like rosemary, thyme, oregano and/or basil instead.
  • Worcestershire sauce – a great flavor enhancer. If you don’t have Worcestershire sauce on hand, soy sauce or tamari will work as a substitute.
  • garlic powder and onion powder – these classic burger seasonings are a must.
  • sea salt and black pepper – to bring all the flavors together. 
  • hamburger buns or lettuce leaves – my go-to is whole wheat hamburger buns, but feel free to use your favorite burger bun! I also like serving my burgers over a salad or with lettuce leaves as the bun!
  • toppings – feel free to top your burger with mustard, ketchup, lettuce, tomato, onion, avocado and/or pickles. Just use what you like!
Collage of four photos, showing making a turkey burger mixture, forming into patties and then grilling the burgers.

How to Make

I prefer to grill these turkey burgers, but they cook up deliciously in a cast-iron skillet over the stove as well. Either way you make them, they’re super easy to put together!

All you need to do is mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl and shape into 5 turkey burger patties. I like to get my hands a little damp before forming the burgers so the turkey sticks to itself and not my hands.

On the grill: Cook turkey burgers on a preheated grill or grill pan until no longer pink in the center, about 5-7 minutes per side or until cooked through.

On the stove: Preheat and oil on a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Cook until no longer pink in the center, 4-5 min each side.

An open faced turkey burger on a plate with tomato, red onion and lettuce.

How to Serve

If you want to serve these burgers up like a traditional burger, simply add the cooked burger on a bun and top with your favorite burger toppings!

For an even healthier alternative, use lettuce leaves as a bun or serve over greens for a turkey burger salad. Trust me, you won’t miss the bun!

I love pairing traditional sides with these turkey burgers. Here’s what I would serve with these burgers:

Overhead photo of a turkey burger topped with red onion, lettuce and tomato.

How to Store Leftovers

These turkey burgers store really well, which make them great for meal prep! After allowing the burgers to cool, store in an airtight container for up to five days in the refrigerator. You can also freeze them for 1-2 months.

To freeze: Place cooked and cooled burgers to a baking sheet and freeze for about 30 minutes or until firm. Then wrap each turkey burger in plastic wrap or cover with parchment paper and add burgers to a freezer-safe bag like a Stasher bag.

To reheat: Let burgers thaw overnight in the refrigerator and heat up on the grill or over the stovetop until warm throughout. You can also reheat the burgers in the oven. Just preheat your oven to 400°F and place thawed burgers on a baking pan in the oven and bake for 3-4 minutes.

A turkey burger on a bun with lettuce, tomato and red onion.

FAQ

Is a turkey burger healthier than a hamburger?

This really depends on the fat percentage of the meat. If a turkey burger is made with 99% lean ground turkey, the turkey burger will have less calories and fat than a burger made with ground beef. But if you’re comparing 93% ground turkey with 93% ground beef, the calories and fat are relatively the same. The one thing that makes ground turkey a bit healthier is that it contains less saturated fat than ground beef.

What type of turkey meat should I use for burgers?

I prefer to use 93% ground turkey for my turkey burgers because it offers more flavor, but if you want the leanest burger possible I recommend using 99% lean ground turkey breast, however know that your burgers may turn out a bit dry and not as tasty.

What’s healthier ground turkey or ground chicken?

Nutritionally, ground chicken and turkey are pretty similar, however ground turkey is generally a little leaner than ground chicken. Turkey has fewer calories, less sodium, more iron and a bit more protein.

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4.68 from 28 votes

Turkey Burger

These juicy turkey burgers are made with ground turkey, Worcestershire sauce and a blend of seasonings. They're loaded with flavor and easy to make on the grill or stovetop.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 5

Ingredients  

  • 1 lb ground turkey, I used 93% lean
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 Tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, or tamari
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • Hamburger buns
  • Toppings of choice: Lettuce, sliced tomatoes, sliced onion, ketchup, mustard

Instructions 

  • Mix together turkey, egg, Italian seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, sea salt and pepper in a large bowl until well combined.
    Ground turkey, egg, Italian seasoning, tamari, garlic, sea salt and pepper in a large bowl.
  • Using your hands, form mixture into 5 patties.
    5 uncooked turkey burger patties on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.

Grill

  • Cook on preheated grill or grill pan until no longer pink in the center, about 5-7 minutes per side or until cooked through.
    Three turkey burgers cooking on a grill.
  • Serve immediately on bun with toppings of choice.

Cast Iron

  • Add oil to cast iron skillet and warm to medium heat over stovetop.
  • Cook burger patties on preheated cast iron until no longer pink in the center, 4-5 min each side.
  • Serve immediately on bun with toppings of choice.

Notes

  • Worcestershire sauce: If you don’t have worcestershire sauce on hand you can use soy sauce or tamari. 
  • Low carb option: Serve the burger on lettuce leaves instead of a bun or serve the burger over a salad. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1burger patty | Calories: 147kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 340mg | Potassium: 273mg

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

Additional Info

Course: Dinner, Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: turkey burger
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22 Comments

    1. So glad to hear you liked this recipe, Jane! Thanks for leaving me a comment and review as well, I appreciate it.

    1. Yay! So glad you enjoyed this recipe, Ashley! Thanks for making it and for leaving a review. I so appreciate it!

  1. 5 stars
    I’m not much of a cook, but these were so easy and delicious! This will become a staple for me

    1. Yay! I am so glad that you enjoyed this recipe, Julie! Thank you for your review + star rating, I really appreciate it!

  2. 2 stars
    Waayyyy too much Italian seasoning. I have a strict rule of not altering a recipe the first time I try it, even though it seemed like a lot, but I followed what was called for. Next time I’ll halve, maybe even quarter it

    1. Hi Jon – I am sorry that this recipe didn’t turn out how you had hoped. Thank you for your feedback, I really appreciate it.

  3. 5 stars
    These were delicious! I actually didn’t have any Italian seasoning but they were just fine without! Sometimes I don’t love Turkey burgers so I’m excited to find a recipe that was very tasty. I will make these again!

    1. Excellent! I am excited to hear that you are enjoying this recipe and that it is a hit, Savannah. Thank you for coming back and sharing your review + star rating, it means so much to me!

    2. 5 stars
      These are very good. Only change I made was used way less Italian seasoning (1/2 tsp total) because I don’t like it too much. Could still taste it. Keeping this recipe. thank you!!

      1. Sounds delicious, Emily! I am so glad you’re enjoying this recipe and it turned out great for you. Thank you for sharing your review & star rating, I really appreciate it! 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    I made these up to surprise my wife because she was coming home late from work.
    I’m retired and had some extra time on my hands LOL. We do share cooking chores quite often.
    These burgers were very flavorful and juicy. Our daughter in law is going to love them.
    Thank You

    1. Yay! I am excited to hear that you both loved these, it’s so thoughtful of you to make these for her. Thank you so much for giving them a try and coming back to share your review + star rating, I truly appreciate it!

  5. Everyone loved these! The Turkey burgers were delicious, juicy and so flavorful. We cooked them on an outside grill and they stuck a bit but still came out well. Can you recommend anything to prevent the sticking. Will definitely make again.

    1. Hi! I am so glad to hear these were a hit. I would recommend making sure you spray the grill with non-stick spray or you could even use aluminum foil. Hope that helps!

  6. 1 star
    Way too much Italian seasoning! Absolutely ruined it. I do not recommend 2 tablespoons way too much! Anyone who likes that much is sick in the head, and needs to get checked. Even 2 tsp is a little much!

    1. Hi Chris – I am so sorry you found the Italian Seasoning to be a bit overpowering and you felt it ruined the dish. Feel free to adjust the seasonings based on your preference. I appreciate your feedback.