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Making a juicy turkey burger is easy. It just takes a few secrets to get the perfect juicy grilled turkey burger.

turkey burger on a wood countertop.

Making a juicy turkey burger is easy. It just takes a few secrets to get the perfect juicy grilled turkey burger.

Whether you are trying to avoid red meat, or you simply want a lighter option at your backyard barbecue, turkey burgers are a great option. Turkey is a super lean meat so it can easily dry out.

How to keep a turkey burger juicy:

  • Adding a healthy fat to the meat is the key to keeping your burger nice and juicy. You can use olive oil, as listed, or try another healthy fat like avocado oil.
  • Alternatively, you can saute half a chopped onion and mix that in with the meat. The onion will help keep the burger moist. This is a great option if you don’t want to add in the added fat, but I highly recommend the olive oil. It makes for a great burger.
  • The real key in this recipe is to make the indentation in the middle of the burger with your thumb. Burgers puff up in the middle when cooking and this will help create an even burger that cooks evenly.

Want a cheeseburger? Add the cheese directly to the ground turkey.  Just make sure it’s finely shredded cheese and mix it right in. You’ll want to mix it so that it is evenly dispersed throughout the meat.

How can you tell when a turkey burger is done?

Ground turkey needs to be cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. Use a meat thermometer to ensure accuracy.

You can make this recipe on an outdoor grill, or indoors using a grill pan or heavy skillet. If using an outdoor grill, bring the heat up to about 450 degrees. Make sure that your grate is well oiled so that your burger doesn’t stick. Be patient and let your burger cook a while before flipping. If you flip your burger too early, they will fall apart.

Tturkey burger on a wood countertop with onions, basil, and tomatos behind it.
Turkey burger on a wood countertop.
Making a juicy turkey burger is easy. It just takes a few secrets to get the perfect juicy turkey burger.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • In a mixing bowl, gently knead together turkey, olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. Don't overwork the meat.
  • Form into patties about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Press your thumb down on the middle to give it a slight indent.
  • Heat an outdoor grill to medium-high heat (400-450 degrees F). Make sure the grate is well oiled so the meat doesn't stick.
  • Cook on the heated grill until burgers reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees, flipping one half-way through.
  • Let rest 5 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.


Calories: 130kcal | Protein: 26g | Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 390mg | Potassium: 368mg | Vitamin A: 30IU | Vitamin C: 0.6mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1.1mg
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Turkey Burger
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August 2, 2019 3:44 pm

5 stars
These were great! I had never made turkey burgers before, so I followed the recipe exactly, and they turned out soooo good! I cooked them in a cast iron skillet, but next time I’m putting them on the outdoor grill. Delicious!

May 6, 2020 4:53 pm

Thank you for a simple and delicious burger!!!

September 13, 2019 5:32 am

5 stars
The BEST!!! So juicy and so perfect. I added onion powder and garlic powder. It really gives it a nice flavor profile. I made it for guests twice now and each time I’ve been told this is the best turkey burger they have ever had. Bravo The Stay At Home Chef!! This is simple, clean and really just so tasty!

August 18, 2020 8:56 am

5 stars
Cooked these on my gas grill. Family, every single one swears..there is no way this is turkey.Could not be a better recipe around. Thank you so very much.

July 27, 2020 7:46 am

5 stars
made these. outstanding.

July 25, 2020 12:38 pm

5 stars
I will be trying this turkey burger for sure.We have the big ripe tomatoes for from the yard to used.

July 3, 2019 2:38 pm

Can these be mixed up ahead of time and kept in the fridge? To be grilled the next day?

Lia Edwards
August 4, 2020 5:50 pm

5 stars
I made these tonight and my family loved them. When I’ve made turkey burgers in the past (w/egg, breadcrumbs, etc.) they’ve been dry, but these were juicy and tasty. I added 1/2 tsp of Italian seasoning and a little kosher salt and pepper to each side when I cooked them on the stove. Thanks for the great recipe!

May 3, 2020 11:14 am

love all your recipes thanks for your time and talent

August 16, 2019 1:04 pm

OMG!! Best burger ever. I add sautéed pepper and onions the best burger ever!!

April 3, 2019 6:01 pm

5 stars
These burgers are so delicious and juicy. I added some garlic granules and Italian seasoning. Best turkey burgers I have ever had. Will be making them a lot.

Terri West Coulter
July 31, 2018 5:30 pm

5 stars
I made these today adding 1/4 cup of grated Vidalia onions & about a 1/4 cup of grated Monterrey Jack jalapeño cheese . Sooo good & juicy!!!

June 19, 2018 4:24 pm

Had to add a few extra ingredients; egg, shallots, gluten free bread crumbs and minced garlic. We loved them! This recipe is a keeper!

May 15, 2018 8:21 pm

5 stars
These burgers were fabulous! We added a bit of garlic powder and some chill flakes- YUM! Incredible flavour and super juicy. This will be our go to recipe from now on. Thank you!!

May 15, 2018 12:12 pm

5 stars
Tasted amazing! Easy recipe with great results.

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