Best Turkey Burgers


This turkey burger recipe is the best. After making them the first time my husband said "no more" to beef burgers. These are full of flavor — any cooking method may be used, and they freeze very well. The recipe can also be used for meatballs or meatloaves.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
12 burgers

Whether you've been searching for the best turkey burger, need to use up the ground turkey lurking in your freezer, or are simply tired of beef burgers, boy, do we have the recipe for you. Gone are the days of boring, dry, and lacking-in-flavor turkey burgers thanks to this 5-star creation.

Trust us, this turkey burger recipe has earned over 1,500 5-star reviews and it will certainly be your new go-to recipe.

How to Make Turkey Burgers

The good news is that making turkey burgers from scratch is quite easy. All you need is ground turkey, onion, bread crumbs, eggs, and some seasonings and you're good to go.

Simply combine your ground turkey, diced onion, bread crumbs, egg whites, garlic, parsley, salt, and ground pepper in a bowl. We recommend sticking with ground turkey that's about 93% lean or less — any leaner than that and your burger might fall apart.

Form the ground turkey mixture into patties and cook the burgers using your preferred method.

A juicy turkey burger topped with cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, ketchup, mustard, and mayo.

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How to Cook Turkey Burgers

The turkey burgers are cooked in a skillet on the stove in this recipe, but you can also cook turkey burgers on the grill, in the oven, and in the air fryer. Turkey burgers should be cooked until their internal temperature is at least 165 degrees F.

  • Skillet: Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Cook the patties in the skillet, turning once, about 15 minutes.
  • Grill: Lightly oil and preheat the grill. Place turkey burgers on the grill, turning once, about 10 minutes.
  • Oven: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the patties on the baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes.
  • Air fryer: Preheat the air fryer to 360 degrees F and place patties inside. Air fry for about 15 minutes, flipping halfway through.

What to Put on a Turkey Burger

Just like a beef hamburger, turkey burger toppings are all up to you. You can be as creative or plain as you like.

Some common toppings include lettuce, tomato, cheese, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, and pickles. Or you can try something beyond the basic toppings and add jalapeños if you want a kick, guacamole if you want something Mexican-inspired, or an egg if you're going for a breakfast-for-dinner vibe.

We'll leave the possibilities up to your imagination.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"These are great! I used seasoned salt instead of regular salt, but other than that followed the recipe. They do freeze well as I made some and froze them for later meals and they came out fine," says missbettyjane.

"These burgers were scrumptious! I'd take them any day over regular hamburgers! served them topped with lettuce, red onion, ketchup, and mustard, and they were so flavorful and juicy," raves one community member.

"DELICIOUS! I wish I could give this recipe 10 stars!! I followed others' advice and added some Worcestershire sauce/hot sauce and the burgers were amazing! I only cook for 2 but I always make extras and freeze these because they're so good," according to Letis.

Editorial contributions by Bailey Fink


  • 3 pounds ground turkey

  • ¼ cup seasoned bread crumbs

  • ¼ cup finely diced onion

  • 2 egg whites, lightly beaten

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley

  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Gather all ingredients.

    Overhead of turkey burger ingredients in various bowls.

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  2. Mix ground turkey, seasoned bread crumbs, onion, egg whites, parsley, garlic, salt, and pepper together in a large bowl.

    Overhead of turkey burger ingredients unmixed in a bowl.

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    Overhead of turkey burger mixture in a bowl.

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  3. Form into 12 patties.

    Overhead of twelve turkey burger patties resting on a baking sheet.

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  4. Cook the patties in a medium skillet over medium heat, turning once, to an internal temperature of 180 degrees F (85 degrees C).

    Overhead of turkey burger patties cooking in a skillet.

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    Cooked turkey burgers in a skillet.

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Editor's Note:

This recipe appeared in Allrecipes Magazine and was modified to include ingredients for a spicy mayo and toppings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

184 Calories
10g Fat
2g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 184
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 90mg 30%
Sodium 355mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 2g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 2mg 11%
Calcium 23mg 2%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 293mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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