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Easy Delicious Turkey Burgers

In this post you’ll find the recipe for delicious Turkey Burgers.

Turkey burgers are a delicious way to save a few calories in your meal when compared to regular ground beef burgers. It’s just a few calories though….there is no significant difference in calories between turkey burgers and ground beef burgers.

We occasionally have turkey burgers because we really like them. There is no replacing a good old fashioned grilled beef burger and we have those way more often. 

Turkey can tend to be on the dryer side. A ground turkey mix of white and dark meat will have more fat and provide a juicier turkey burger. It’s also okay to add some fat if needed to make sure your turkey burgers are juicy. 

The hubs adds a little bit of bacon fat into the mixture to ensure we have flavorful and juicy turkey burgers. That’s completely optional of course but it works. 

Easy Turkey Burgers

What will I need to make delicious turkey burgers? Here is what you’ll need to make amazing turkey burgers the whole family will love: ground turkey, bread crumbs, a raw egg, and a few seasonings.

I like onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper and Creole seasoning or chili powder. Use whatever you like to suit your taste.

Best Turkey Burgers

Grilled Turkey Burgers

Combine all of the ingredients together then form into patties. I usually get 3 patties out of this mixture. You can easily get 4 patties though if you make them a tad bit smaller.

After I’ve formed the patties I usually sprinkle with a little more chili powder or Creole seasoning on the outside for a little extra spiciness and it gives the turkey burgers a nice color during cooking.

Can you grill ground turkey? Yes! Grill the turkey burgers, turning halfway through cooking, until completely done. About 20 minutes. 

We had turkey burgers for supper last night and the plan was to grill them. The mister discovered we were out of propane though so I cooked them on the stove top. They are delicious either way. 

How to cook turkey burgers on the stove

Turkey Burger Recipe Stove Top to Oven

Turkey burgers are also delicious cooked in a skillet on the stove top with a little cooking oil then transferred to the oven to finish cooking.

How to make turkey burgers on the stove? Heat a heavy skillet (I prefer cast iron) over medium heat. Add about a tablespoon of cooking oil (vegetable or peanut recommended). 

Once the skillet is hot add the turkey burger patties. I cover the skillet with a splatter guard and let them hang out and sizzle for four to five minutes then flip and do the same. This forms a nice crust on the out edges.

Transfer the skillet to a preheated 350°F (176°C) oven to finish cooking through (about ten minutes). It is very important to fully cook ground turkey burgers to an internal temperature of 165°F.

Consuming under cooked turkey can cause illness. 

Easy turkey burgers

Toppings for Turkey Burgers: Top your turkey burgers with your favorite toppings, much like you would a regular hamburger. A few topping suggestions would be lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, sliced avocado, cheese, bacon and your favorite condiments. 

Yield: 3 Turkey Burgers

Turkey Burgers

Turkey Burgers

Grilled or pan fried to oven turkey burger recipe that are moist and delicious.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 lb ground Turkey
  • 1/4 c Bread Crumbs (Plain or Seasoned)
  • 1/4 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 tsp Chili Powder or Creole Seasoning
  • 1 Egg, lightly beaten
  • Your favorite burger toppings (cheese, veggies, condiments)


  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl then form into patties.
  2. Grill the turkey burgers, turning halfway through cooking, until completely done. About 20 minutes.
  3. If using the skillet to oven method: heat a skillet over medium and add a little cooking oil.
  4. When hot add the ground turkey patties and sear on both sides 4-5 minutes to give nice color and a bit of crust then transfer the skillet to a preheated 350°F oven to finish cooking through.
  5. The internal temperature of ground turkey burgers should be 165°F when completely done.

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 193Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 222mgSodium: 323mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 41g

What goes well with turkey burgers? Chips, fries, coleslaw or macaroni salad are all great options.

More delicious recipes you might enjoy: Beer Braised Brats & Sauerkraut, Low Carb Pork Fried Rice, or Air Fried Chicken

As I updated this recipe with new photos, nearly five years after originally posting it, I realize that my photography skills have improved greatly. 

The photography aspect of blogging wasn’t something I’d considered when I started this journey and I truly cringe at some of my old photos. I’m gonna share the hideous old photo with you below. I hope you get a good chuckle.

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Saturday 25th of April 2020

Hello Julia:

Made your burgers exactly like the recipe. They were beyond delicious. The juice was pouring out of the burger and the seasoning was perfect. I put the burger on a toasted English muffin, with grilled onions, lettuce and tomato. SUPERB!!! Thank you for sharing.

Julia Jordan

Sunday 26th of April 2020

Dana, I'm so happy that you enjoyed the turkey burger recipe. Having it on an English muffin sounds wonderful. We love English muffins so I'll have to give that a try! ~Julia


Tuesday 2nd of April 2019

These look scrumptious and juicy! Nice for a little healthier option to a beef burger! Delish!


Tuesday 2nd of April 2019

Those burgers are making my mouth water. I never think to make turkey burgers. I should change that!

Julia Jordan

Tuesday 2nd of April 2019

Thank you, Carlee! They are so tasty. We love them occasionally.

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