Who doesn’t love a big, juicy, delicious burger? To me, the cheeseburger is America’s greatest contribution to world cuisine. Sometimes beef burgers can be a little heavy, though, so if you’re looking for something lighter, these juicy, seasoned turkey burgers are just about perfect.
Turkey burgers have a reputation for being dry, bland and tough. You need the right recipe to get the right results. This seasoned turkey burger recipe will help you create moist, flavorful burgers good enough to earn a spot in your family’s regular dinner rotation.
Start your seasoned turkey burgers with good quality ground turkey. I recommend Jennie-O brand. No one is paying me to say this – I honestly think it has a better texture than other ground turkey. I like to use 93% lean ground turkey for the best texture and flavor.
Mix the ground turkey with breadcrumbs, salt and pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, an egg, a little Worcestershire sauce, and some fresh chopped parsley.
You can use either regular or smoked paprika, but I prefer smoked. The smoked paprika, blend of seasonings, and Worcestershire sauce add tons of robust flavor to your seasoned turkey burgers. The egg and breadcrumbs keep the burgers nice and moist.
Mix the turkey burger ingredients with your hands, or use a wooden spoon or sturdy stirring spatula.
Once the ingredients are well mixed, divide the turkey burger mixture into equal size portions, and form them into patties about 1/2 inch thick. You can make either four big burgers or six medium burgers with this recipe. Or heck, you can make five burgers! I’m not going to stop you.
I like to cook these burgers using an indoor grill pan or a large skillet. If you cook them on an outdoor grill, put the patties in the freezer for 1/2 hour first to help them hold their shape.
It’s important to cook turkey burgers to the recommended safe temperature of 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Use a food thermometer to make sure they are done.
If you want a top-of-the-line, chef-level food thermometer, I recommend the Thermapen MK4. The Thermapen is 100 percent accurate, super durable, and waterproof, with a huge backlit display. Another good choice is the Lavatools Javelin Pro Duo. If you want a less expensive but very accurate food thermometer, I recommend the cute little Thermoworks Thermopop.
Once the burgers are almost done, top them with slices of your favorite cheese, so the cheese can get nice and melty. I like to use cheddar or Colby Jack.
The buns and the toppings are just as important as the burger. I like to use a French or brioche bun, and serve with a selection of toppings. Some of our family’s favorite toppings are:
- Barbecue sauce
- Sliced red onions (soak these in cold water for 1/2 hour if you find raw onions too harsh)
- Pickled red onions
- Sauteéd yellow onions
- Crispy French fried onions
- Sliced pickles
- Sliced tomatoes
- Iceberg lettuce
I hope you enjoy these seasoned turkey burgers! They truly are a family favorite. They can be an easy weeknight dinner, or a party meal, depending on what you serve them with. If you try them, be sure to leave a rating and comment!
If you like this recipe, be sure to try some of FoodLove’s other easy dinner ideas:
- BBQ Turkey Burgers
- Crispy Black Bean Tacos with Avocado-Lime Sauce
- Easy Garlic Parmesan Chicken
- One Pan Greek Lemon Chicken and Potatoes
- Best-Ever Ground Beef Tacos from Scratch
- 16 oz. (450g) 93% lean ground turkey (Jennie-O brand preferred)
- ¼ cup (25g) dried breadcrumbs (or use whole wheat breadcrumbs)
- ½ teaspoon (3g) salt
- ¼ teaspoon (2g) freshly ground black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon (heaping) (2g) garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon (heaping) (2g) onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon (heaping) (2g) paprika, regular or smoked
- 1 egg, beaten
- 2 teaspoons (10ml) Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons (5-6g) chopped fresh parsley (optional), or substitute 2 teaspoons dried parsley
- 1 tablespoon (15ml) olive oil
- 4-6 slices cheese of your choice (I like to use cheddar or Colby Jack)
- 4-6 hamburger buns of your choice, toasted if desired (I like French or brioche style buns)
Combine all the burger ingredients in a medium sized mixing bowl and mix thoroughly using your hands.
Separate the mixture into 4-6 evenly sized portions, and form each portion into a patty about 1/2 inch thick.
Lightly coat a grill or skillet with oil or nonstick spray, and cook burgers over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Flip and cook until burgers are golden brown and their internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.
If desired, top with a slice of cheese and leave burger on the grill until cheese is slightly melted.
Place burger on bun, top with desired condiments and toppings, and serve immediately.
Nutrition data is for a medium burger (1/6 recipe) patty only, without bun or toppings.
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Serving Size:1 burger
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 137Total Fat: 6gCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 16g
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