Turkey Burgers

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  • The absolute BEST turkey burgers that are moist, juicy and loaded with flavor. Only 5 ingredients and 20 minutes to prepare!

    I’m always looking for healthy dinner ideas that my family will enjoy. These grilled turkey burgers are a favorite because they’re simple, quick and have tons of flavor. Some of my other go-to’s are turkey meatballs, balsamic chicken and veggies, sheet pan fajitas and stuffed bell peppers.

    turkey burger on a white plate with salad

    Grilled turkey burgers

    We absolutely love to grill out during the summer time. Cooking on the grill adds the best flavor and is perfect for fresh meats and veggies. While I love a big, juicy hamburger every now and again, I’m often in the mood for a lighter and healthier option.

    Que these delicious and easy turkey burgers! I adapted it from my favorite hamburger recipe and the end result was just fabulous. The turkey burgers were moist, juicy and full of flavor. Plus they’re a bit more healthy and great for when you aren’t in the mood for red meat.

    Turkey burger seasoning

    If you’re wondering how to season turkey burgers, it’s super easy! I keep it simple and use BBQ sauce (or steak sauce), salt, pepper and garlic powder. The spices add just the right amount of flavor and the BBQ sauce binds the turkey burgers together and keeps them moist and juicy.

    turkey burgers being cooked on the grill

    How to make turkey burgers

    To get started, preheat the grill to medium-high.

    Make turkey patties. Add ground turkey, BBQ sauce, salt, garlic powder and pepper in a medium-sized bowl. Mix with your hands just until combined and shape into 4 patties about 3/4-inch thick. Be sure to make a dimple in each patty (similar to photo above) to prevent burgers from bulging and shrinking when cooked.

    Grill turkey burgers. Place turkey burgers on grill and cook on each side for about 4-5 minutes. To tell if they’re done, place a meat thermometer in the middle of your burgers (see picture above). The temperature should reach 180°F and the juices should run clear.

    Optional: Add cheese. Top with cheese slices if desired. Grill until cheese has melted and then turn heat off.

    Serve and top! Serve turkey burgers on buns or lettuce wraps with your favorite toppings.

    turkey burgers with grill marks on the grill

    Turkey burgers taste great with:

    Favorite toppings:

    • Ketchup
    • Mayo
    • Mustard
    • Thousand Island
    • Cheese
    • Bacon
    • Lettuce
    • Tomato
    • Onion
    • Pickles

    turkey burger on a white plate

    Secrets for the BEST turkey burgers

    • Don’t skimp on the BBQ or steak sauce! It helps bind the burgers so they don’t fall apart on the grill.
    • I like to use 80% lean, 20% fat ground turkey. The little bit of fat also helps to bind the turkey burgers.
    • Make a thumbprint in the middle of your patties to prevent burgers from bulging.
    • Don’t move the burgers until 4-5 minutes have passed. You want them to solidify and get a good char on the bottom prior to flipping.
    • Use a meat thermometer to easily know when your turkey burgers are done.
    • Make-ahead tip: Form your turkey burger patties in advance and place in fridge until ready to grill.

    More grilled favorites:

    turkey burger on a white plate

    Turkey Burger Recipe

    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: grilled turkey burgers, turkey burger recipe, turkey burgers
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 10 minutes
    Total Time: 20 minutes
    Servings: 4
    Calories: 207
    Author: Jamielyn Nye
    The absolute BEST turkey burgers that are moist, juicy and loaded with flavor. Only 5 ingredients and 20 minutes to prepare!

    Ingredients

    • 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey (80% lean and 20% fat)
    • 2 Tablespoons BBQ sauce , or steak sauce
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

    Optional toppings: ketchup, mayo, mustard, thousand island, cheese, bacon, lettuce leaves, tomato slices, sliced onion, pickles

      For serving: hamburger buns or lettuce wraps

        Instructions

        • Preheat the grill to medium-high. 
        • Combine the ground turkey, BBQ sauce, salt, garlic powder and pepper in a medium-sized bowl. Mix just until combined with your hands and shape into 4 patties about 3/4-inch thick. Make a well in your patties with your thumb to prevent from bulging.
        • Place patties on the grill and cook 4 to 5 minutes. Flip and then cook an additional 4-5 minutes, or until juices run clear and burgers have reached 180°F. Top with cheese slices, if desired. Grill until cheese has melted and turn off the heat. 
        • Serve turkey burgers on buns or lettuce wraps with your favorite toppings. 

        Notes

        • Don't skimp on the BBQ or steak sauce! It helps bind the burgers so they don't fall apart on the grill.
        • I like to use 80% lean, 20% fat ground turkey. The little bit of fat also helps to bind the turkey burgers.
        • Make a thumbprint in the middle of your patties to prevent burgers from bulging.
        • Don't move the burgers until 4-5 minutes have passed. You want them to solidify and get a good char on the bottom prior to flipping.
        • Use a meat thermometer to easily know when your turkey burgers are done.
        • Make-ahead tip: Form your turkey burger patties in advance and place in fridge until ready to grill.

        Nutrition

        Calories: 207kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 758mg | Potassium: 522mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1.2% | Calcium: 0.8% | Iron: 7.6%
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