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The Best Turkey Burgers

The Best Turkey Burgers

Charlotte Hancey
Ground turkey with simple but flavorful mix-ins make the best turkey burgers that are pan fried or grilled. They are moist and so delicious!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Course


  • 2 lbs ground turkey (85% - 93% lean)
  • 1/4 cup yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons Italian style breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley (or 2 teaspoons dried)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon oil (canola, avocado, or vegetable), if pan frying

Topping Suggestions:

  • Provolone cheese
  • Creamy coleslaw
  • BBQ sauce
  • Tomatoes


  • In a large mixing bowl, add turkey, onions, egg, breadcrumbs, garlic powder, parsley, salt and pepper. Use a large spoon (or gloved hands) to mix until combined well.
  • Form into six 1/3 pound patties or eight 1/4 pound patties. Make sure they are a little larger in circumference than the buns you will be using because they will shrink slightly.
  • If pan frying, heat a large non-stick skillet to medium-high. Add oil then place patties in the skillet. Cook until browned on one side then flip. Continue cooking until internal temperature reaches 165° F.
  • If grilling, heat grill to high and cook on both sides until internal temperature reaches 165° F.
  • Place cooked burgers on buns with toppings of choice.


  1. It is not recommended to use 99% lean ground turkey or your burgers will be dry. The best to use is 85% lean.
  2. An internal instant read thermometer is an essential tool to make sure these burgers are cooked perfectly to the correct temperature. If you go beyond 165 degrees, they will dry out quickly.
  3. Add the cheese when the temperature is around 155 so that it's melted by the time the correct temp is reached.
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