These healthy turkey burgers are juicy and delicious! They're a fantastic meal the whole family will love.
Because ground turkey is much leaner than beef, you may be concerned that your burger will be dry and flavorless. The egg acts as a binder and helps keep the meat juicy and the additional add-ins like Worcestershire sauce and garlic powder pack in the flavor.
This flavorful burger recipe is easy to pull together and perfect for grilling season. You'll mix the turkey with the seasonings, form patties, and grill in a hot skillet on a grill or straight on the grill grates.
It's up to you what you'd like to top your burger with, but I highly recommend making the grilled red onion slices!
Why You'll Love This Delicious Turkey Burger
I think these are the best turkey burgers because you honestly can't beat the combination of ground turkey and Worcestershire sauce. The umami flavor combination of sweet, spice, and sour in Worcestershire sauce is elite.
Adding the additional seasonings and fresh herbs just takes it over the top. The egg acts as a binder for the meat and helps lock in moisture, making these burgers tender and juicy.
Ground turkey is a great lean protein that's lower in saturated fat than a beef burger or ground beef. It's a heart-healthy way to enjoy a delicious burger and is easy to make on a busy weeknight.
This recipe calls for simple ingredients, but feel free to add any other seasonings and spice blends to your burger that you enjoy! For full ingredient details please see the recipe card.
Ground Turkey - You'll need 1 pound of extra lean ground turkey. I highly recommend buying this fresh from the butcher counter or in a packet like the one pictured above. When you buy a brick of close-packed ground meat it's harder to mold into burgers - the dense meat will make for dense burgers.
Veggies - You'll use 1 medium red onion. You'll slice both the top and base off and remove the outer, papery layers. Then slice into thin rounds. You'll also need 3 tablespoons of chopped parsley.
Egg - You'll need 1 medium egg. If you have the time, allow this to sit at room temperature for a few minutes before using.
Seasonings - You'll use 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1 teaspoon of kosher salt, and ½ teaspoon of ground black pepper to season the meat.
Buns - You'll need 4 burger buns or 4 large pieces of lettuce (if you'd prefer to do a lettuce wrap).
Optional Toppings - I highly recommend adding some fresh tomato slices and lettuce. You can use Cheddar, Havarti, or Colby Jack cheese slices to top the burger and your choice of condiments like ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise.
Optional Add-ins - You can also add ½ teaspoon of onion powder to the meat mixture (use this especially if you are leaving off the red onion). If you don't have Worcestershire sauce you can substitute it for soy sauce or liquid smoke.
Heat a cast iron skillet or another large skillet over a grill set to medium-high heat. You can make this on the stovetop as well, use a large skillet over medium-high heat.
Combine the turkey, egg, chopped parsley, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper in a large bowl. Stir till the burger mixture is combined.
Form four equal-sized patties with the meat mixture.
Once the skillet is hot, spray some cooking spray (avocado or other neutral oil) into the skillet.
Carefully place the turkey patties into the skillet. Allow the burgers to cook for 3 minutes before flipping. Use a spatula to press the patties down.
Allow them to cook for another 2 to 3 minutes or until they’ve reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer.
While the burgers are cooking, place the red onions directly on the grill grates on in a grill pan on the stovetop over medium-high heat.
Allow them to cook for 3 minutes on each side until they are tender and have grill lines.
To assemble the burgers, place them on a bun or in a lettuce wrap, top with optional sauces, red onion, and any optional toppings like sliced tomato, lettuce, and cheese.
More Ground Turkey Recipes to Try
If you like this recipe, check out some of our other favorite ground turkey recipes.
- Ground Turkey Chili - a fantastic, cozy bowl of chili with turkey and beans.
- Turkey Banh Mi Bowl Recipe - a Vietnamese-inspired bowl with plenty of veggies.
- Thai Red Curry Turkey Meatballs - a zesty meal that's a healthy dinner.
What to Serve with Turkey Burgers
Want a great side dish to serve alongside these juicy turkey burgers? Try one of these pairings.
- Togarashi Fries - tangy, spiced fries that are baked till crispy
- Italian Tomato Salad - a bright and fresh summer salad
- Baked Cotija Zucchini Fries - crispy zucchini fries with cheese
- Baked Curly Fries Recipe - flavorful baked curly fries
- Grilled Asparagus Recipe - easy grilled asparagus that's ready in minutes
Tips for Making this Recipe
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Cooking Tips - If you are grilling your burgers directly on your grill grates, be very careful placing the burgers. This is a looser mixture and can easily crumble apart. You may want to place a layer of aluminum foil down over the grates and either spray or brush on some oil on the foil before placing the burgers on top.
Food Safety - The turkey burgers should reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F on an instant-read meat thermometer.
Equipment Recommendations - I recommend cooking the burgers in a large, cast-iron skillet on a grill over a large burner on a stovetop.
Storing Tips - The cooked burgers will keep for up to 4 days in the refrigerator when stored in an airtight container.
Make-Ahead Tips - You can make the burger patties up to 24 hours in advance and store them in the refrigerator on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Lay them out in a single layer and cover with plastic wrap.
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- 1 pound lean ground turkey
- 1 egg
- 3 tablespoons chopped parsley
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon canola oil or avocado oil
- 1 large red onion, peeled and sliced into rounds
- 4 hamburger buns*
- Heat a cast-iron skillet or another large skillet over a grill set to medium-high heat. You can make this on the stovetop as well, use a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Combine the turkey, egg, chopped parsley, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper in a large mixing bowl. Stir till the ingredients are combined.
- Form four equal-sized patties with the meat mixture.
- Once the skillet is hot, spray some cooking spray (avocado or other neutral oil) into the skillet. Carefully place the turkey burger patties into the skillet. Allow the burgers to cook for 3 minutes. Flip the patties and use a spatula to press the patties down to smash them. Allow them to cook for another 2 to 3 minutes or until they’ve reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer.
- While the burgers are cooking, place the red onions directly on the grill grates on in a grill pan on the stovetop over medium-high heat. Allow them to cook for 3 minutes on each side until they are tender and have grill lines.
- To assemble the burgers, place them on a bun or in a lettuce wrap, top with optional sauces, red onion, and any optional toppings like sliced tomato, lettuce, and cheese.
- Serve immediately.
*You can serve the burgers in lettuce wraps or without buns if you'd like this to be a lower-carb recipe.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 351Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 122mgSodium: 933mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 28g