Meet your new favorite meal – the best turkey burger recipe you’ll ever try! Simple, healthy, and incredibly tasty, these burgers are made with ground turkey that perfectly absorbs the flavors of onion, garlic, and oregano. Whether you’re cooking on your trusty cast iron skillet or grilling outside on a hot summer’s day, this recipe is perfect for a family meal, a cookout, or even a quiet dinner for one.
Your new favorite turkey burger recipe
Not sure what to cook for dinner tonight? Let me help you decide with an amazing, easy-to-make turkey burger recipe!
These mouthwatering burgers are perfectly seasoned and taste incredible when placed on soft sesame buns. You can even add your favorite toppings to make them even more delicious!
The best part? It only takes 5 minutes to prepare, making it an ideal meal for those busy workdays. But don’t worry, it’s also a fantastic option for a relaxed weekend evening or when you have guests over!
No matter the occasion, turkey burgers are always a hit. So, let’s get cooking and enjoy a wonderful meal!
Turkey vs. beef
Discover the countless perks of indulging in turkey burgers — they’re not just delicious but also incredibly healthy! Compared to regular beef burgers, turkey burgers are packed with nutrients and have a flavorful twist.
First and foremost, turkey is a leaner source of protein that contains less saturated fat, making it the perfect choice for health-conscious individuals. Additionally, it is lower in calories and does a stellar job of keeping you satisfied for longer.
Beef, on the other hand, can also be considered a healthy option, although it is higher in saturated fat and calories.
When I say simple, I mean it.
Here’s a bit more about what I used:
- Ground Turkey: The base of this turkey burger recipe! I used one pound of lean ground turkey.
- Garlic: Because garlic makes everything taste better. I used two cloves of minced fresh garlic.
- Onion: To give the turkey burgers even more flavor and texture. You’ll need 1/2 of a yellow onion, finely grated.
- Oregano: A classic herb that adds so much flavor to turkey burgers! Use dried oregano or sub with Italian seasoning if you’d like.
- Salt and Pepper: To bring out all the flavors! Don’t be too hesitant to season your burgers – they need it!
Kitchen tools required
Here’s a bit more information about what I used to make these easy turkey burgers.
- Large bowl
- Large cast-iron skillet
For measuring, you will need a teaspoon and a 1/2 teaspoon.
How to make the best turkey burger recipe
In just 5 minutes, you can have these mouthwatering burgers ready to go! Believe it or not, it’s as easy as mixing, shaping, and searing. The patties only take about 10 minutes to cook, so you’ll have dinner on the table in just 15 minutes!
To start, combine the turkey and garlic in a bowl.
Here’s a little secret: Grab a box grater and grate the onion right into the bowl with the turkey and garlic. This will make the burgers extra juicy since all the onion juice gets mixed in.
Add the oregano, salt, and pepper, and use your hands to mix everything together.
Now, shape the mixture into patties, using 1/5 of the meat for each one. You can adjust the size to your preference; just keep in mind they will shrink a bit during cooking.
Heat 2 tbsp of avocado oil in a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Once it’s hot, add the burgers.
Cook for 5 minutes, flip, and then reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover and cook for another 5 minutes to ensure the inside is fully cooked. Repeat for all the burgers.
Finally, serve your delicious burgers with onion, tomato, buns, or even over a bed of lettuce.
Get ready for a quick and tasty meal that will have everyone asking for seconds!
Variations of turkey burgers
These burgers are delicious as is, but the possibilities with turkey burgers are endless. You can add different herbs and spices or mix in some chopped bell peppers for a colorful burger.
Here are a few ideas to get creative:
The best burger toppings
These burgers can be served on a bun with your favorite condiments, lettuce wraps, or even over a salad! Add avocado, onion, tomato, and pickles for some extra flavor.
To make it even better, add a few slices of your favorite cheese! You can also serve them as sliders – just cut each burger into quarters before serving.
Delicious side dishes to try
As far as side dishes go, here are some of my favorites:
- Crispy Baked Chili Lime Sweet Potato Fries
- Summer Avocado Corn Salad
- Healthy Potato Salad
- Maple Balsamic Brussel Sprouts
Finish your meal with a classic delicious dessert like these ooey gooey chocolate chip cookies!
Below are some common turkey burger questions. Don’t see the answer you’re looking for? Leave a comment at the bottom of this post!
Can I freeze turkey burgers?
Absolutely! Just shape the patties, place them on a baking sheet or plate, and pop them into the freezer for 1-2 hours. Transfer to a storage bag or container, and they’ll keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Do I need to cook turkey burgers all the way through?
Yes, it’s important to cook turkey burgers all the way through. The internal temperature should be 165°F before you can enjoy your burger.
How do I cook frozen turkey burgers?
Frozen turkey burgers are a great time-saver! To start, preheat your skillet over medium-high heat with 1 tbsp of oil per patty. Place the frozen patties on the skillet and cook for 7-8 minutes, flipping halfway through. Reduce heat to medium-low and cover with a lid – this will help ensure the burgers are cooked fully and evenly.
These burgers are best served warm, but leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, place them on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F for 10-12 minutes or until warmed through.
If you liked this recipe, you’ll want to try these!
Here are some of my favorite ground turkey recipes you should make next. Enjoy!
- Oven-Baked Turkey Tacos
- Turkey Picadillo
- Asian-Inspired Turkey Meatballs With Peanut Sauce
- Three Bean Turkey Chili
- BBQ Turkey Meatloaf
Recipe by Erin Morrissey and Photos by Quarter Soul Crisis
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 yellow onion
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- In a bowl, combine turkey, garlic, and use a grater to shred onion into burger. This is a key step for creating juicy burgers. I use a box grater and finely grate the onion over the meat so all the juice goes in.
- Add oregano, salt, and pepper. Use your hands to mix!
- Form into patties, using 1/5 of the total meat depending on size you want. They will shrink once cooked.
- Heat a large cast-iron skillet with 2 tbsp avocado oil over medium heat, and once hot, add burgers.
- Cook for 5 minutes, flip, then turn the heat to medium low. Cover for the next 5 minutes so the inside cooks. Repeat until all burgers are cooked.
- Serve with onion, tomato, buns, or over lettuce! Enjoy!
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