The Very Best Turkey Burger Recipe

This turkey burger recipe has become one of our favorite grilling staples. Don’t get me wrong, I love a beef burger but weekdays call for a healthier alternative. Healthier does not come with a lack of flavor! These turkey burgers are seasoned up with a simple blend of spices and deliver so much juicy flavor. This recipe also goes really well with my baked sweet potato fries.

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 on flavor.

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Turkey Burger Toppings

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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.

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

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The Very Best Turkey Burger Recipe


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