Juicy and delicious, these easy ground turkey burgers are made with some simple seasonings and garnished to taste. Made in under 20 minutes, they make for a quick dinner the whole family will love!
Today, though, I’m sharing a recipe that we’ve been enjoying pretty much on the weekly since forever! I guess I’ve been unintentionally holding out on you!
See, these juicy turkey burgers are my hubby’s creation. Usually during weekdays, hubby cooks and I cook on the weekend. It’s a great balance between us!
Pan-fried turkey burgers are one of my absolute favourite things that my hubby makes (aside from his homemade pasta and Bolognese). I happen to think they’re the best turkey burgers, but I may be a bit biased!
After being off this past week for a little holiday, it’s nice to get back to a ‘normal’ eating routine and these ground turkey burgers are just what I’m looking for!
Are Turkey Burgers Healthy?
Ground turkey is pretty lean (i.e. low in fat), high in protein, and lower in cholesterol and calories than, say, ground beef. It’s a delicious alternative for those trying to limit their red meat intake.
And, besides the health factor, if you are eating something, you want it to taste delicious and these healthy turkey burgers hit the spot!
Do I Need a Binder?
You could if you want (like egg or breadcrumbs), but I find they stay together perfectly fine without.
You literally form the ground turkey into patties, season and they’re ready to cook. Easy!
Don’t season the burgers until just before cooking.
For seasoning turkey burgers, I used some basic pantry spices, like salt, pepper, cayenne pepper powder, garlic powder and onion powder. You can mix things up, though, with your favourite seasonings or even just go with some salt and pepper.
Size of Burgers
For turkey patties, I like around 4 ounces per patty or ¼ pound. If you want more than one patty on a burger, go for it!
How to Make Ground Turkey Burgers
Full details are in the recipe card below, but here are the basics:
- Grab about ¼ pound of ground turkey and form into a ball with your hands. Flatten out into about a 4-inch diameter.
- Season the turkey burger patties on one side.
- In a skillet (I used a 12-inch cast-iron skillet) over medium heat, heat some oil and cook turkey burgers on both sides. Note: First, add the burgers seasoned side down; you can season the second side when you flip them.
- Before the last minute of cook time is up, top turkey burgers with shredded cheese and place about 1 tablespoon of water in the skillet.
- Cover with a lid and cook until cheese is melted and burgers are cooked through. Remove when done.
- Place each burger on a bun and garnish to taste with your favourite toppings. Enjoy!
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Temperature to Cook Turkey Burgers
According to the Government of Canada, the recommended internal temperature for ground poultry is at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit. I highly recommended investing in an instant read food thermometer to be sure. They’re inexpensive and a handy tool to have in the kitchen.
To ensure you end up with moist turkey burgers, you want them cooked, of course, but not overcooked. The addition of melted butter (while totally optional), is also a good idea!
Can I Grill Instead?
Of course! Instead of pan-fried turkey burgers you could totally grill them if you like! Grilled turkey burgers are so good in the summer while on the deck.
Grill on medium heat, for about 4 to 5 minutes per side or until they’ve cooked through. Just grease your grill before placing those burgers on there.
Add cheese (if using) during the last minute or so of cook time to melt it.
More Tips & Variations
For each burger, I use about ¼ pound of ground turkey and form them into a 4-inch diameter patty. If you use more ground turkey or form them to be thicker, your cook time will vary. Just fry until completely cooked through.
If you like more of a particular spice, like cayenne, for example, use a little more.
Speaking of spices, if you like other varieties, use those. Smoked paprika or cumin are other great options. Ground turkey is pretty neutral in flavour so those spices and garnishes really shine through.
Sliced avocado was used as a garnish. You can try homemade guacamole instead!
Instead of cheddar, try crumbled feta! Feta doesn’t melt like cheddar, but does add lovely flavour.
Not into hot sauce mayo? Mix it up! Mainstream condiment brands are coming out with mixes, like combining ketchup with mayo, for example. Your fave BBQ sauce mixed with mayo would work too, or even mustard with mayo. OR, you could just add your favourite spread right from the jar.
This recipe is for two people (or two burgers), but you could easily double.
Want to lighten things? You can slash some calories and fat, for instance, by omitting cheese, using Greek yogurt instead of mayo for the sriracha sauce or use lighter condiment, like BBQ sauce or mustard.
Looking for low-carb burgers? Try using lettuce leaves for the ‘bun’ instead of a traditional bread bun. Boston or butter lettuce works great!
Want to indulge a little? Add caramelized onions or crispy prosciutto to your cooked burger!
What to Serve with Burgers
- Potato Salad
- Fries or wedges
- A simple green salad
- Green beans
- Roasted broccoli
- A small bowl of soup, like tomato soup
Hope you love this easy turkey burger recipe as much as we do!
If you make these pan fried turkey burgers, be sure to leave a comment below. Love to know how you enjoyed!
Ground Turkey Burgers (with sriracha mayo)
- ½ pound ground turkey
- 1 tablespoon melted (and slightly cooled) butter (optional)
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper powder
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ tablespoon avocado oil (or olive oil or vegetable oil)
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 ounce shredded cheddar cheese (or ¼ cup or about 2 tablespoons per burger)
- 2 burger buns
- 2.5 tablespoons light mayo (your favourite variety)
- ½ tablespoon Sriracha or your favourite hot sauce (or to taste)
Garnish & Other Condiments (optional)
- Lettuce , shredded or leaves
- Tomato , sliced
- Avocado or guacamole
- Red onion , sliced
- BBQ sauce
- Pickle , sliced
- Banana peppers
Ground Turkey Burgers
- Form ground turkey into two (4 ounce) or ¼ pound balls, rolling in your hands and flatten to about a 4-inch diameter. Optional: Mix in 1 tablespoon of melted (and slightly cooled) butter into your ground turkey before making into burgers to add a little extra moisture and flavour.
- Season each burger with a pinch each of salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper powder, garlic powder, onion powder (about ⅛ teaspoon of each for each burger).
- Heat oil in a skillet (I used a 12-inch cast-iron skillet) over medium heat.
- Place turkey burgers in skillet, seasoned side down, leaving a little space between the burgers. Now, season other side with a pinch each of salt, pepper cayenne pepper powder, garlic powder, onion powder. Cook 4 to 5 minutes (they should be well seared on the bottom side). Flip the burgers and continue cooking on the other side for another 4 to 5 minutes or until turkey burgers are cooked through.Note: The last 1 minute of cook time, sprinkle cheese on top of each turkey burger. Add about 1 tablespoon of water to the skillet and cover to allow cheese to melt and burgers to finish cooking.
- To assemble each turkey burger: Spread sriracha mayo (or your favourite sauce or condiment) over the inside of the bottom and top portion of the hamburger bun (toast first, if you like). Place turkey burger on the bottom bun, then garnish, to taste, with any of the garnish ideas (or any of your favourite burger toppings) or simply enjoy as is. Place top bun over top and enjoy!
- In a small bowl, whisk together mayo and sriracha until combined.
Nutrition (ESTIMATE ONLY)
Nutrition estimate (if provided) is based on 1 Serving.
Nutrition information (if provided) is provided as a courtesy and should be considered an estimate only. Ingredients can vary and Girl Heart Food makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
A note on times provided: appliances vary, any prep and/or cook times provided are guidelines only.