These Jerk Turkey Burgers are bursting with bold Jamaican jerk flavors and topped with tropical mango. Juicy and amazing!
While the grill is still hot, consider making some grilled eggplant or a corn salad to enjoy with the burgers.
Moist and Juice Turkey Burgers
Favorite thing about being a homeowner? Having a yard. Favorite thing about having a yard? Owning a grill. Love my grill.
I don’t subscribe to a grilling “season”… my grill gets a workout year-round no matter what the weather, with ribs, chicken, shrimp, and burgers. Mostly burgers.
I have two favorites that I make frequently – my Spinach and Feta Turkey Burgers, and these Jerk Turkey Burgers, which are made with my jerk marinade and topped with fresh mango slices. They burst with flavor.
These turkey burgers are simple, but have such an amazing flavor thanks to jerk marinade. Here’s what you’ll need to make them.
(Scroll below to the printable recipe card for details and measurements.)
- Lean ground turkey – We prefer the Jenni-O brand of ground turkey over all others we’ve tried. It’s less wet and sticky, so it’s easier to work with.
- Our homemade jerk marinade – This adds necessary moisture and amazing flavor.
- Plain breadcrumbs – Helps hold the burgers together.
- Scallions – These onions have a subtle peppery flavor.
- Salt and pepper – To season the burgers.
- Olive oil
- Ripe mango
Tips for the Best Turkey Burgers
- Don’t over mix them! Over mixing your ingredients can lead to a tough burger.
- Use jerk marinade, not dry seasonings. Since the jerk marinade is liquid, it gives these extra moisture. Don’t substitute it for jerk seasonings.
- Form into uniform size. Shape the patties into a uniform size and thickness, so they cook evenly.
- Brush with oil before chilling. Brush both sides with olive oil before refrigerating. This helps lock in moisture, so the exterior doesn’t dry out.
- Chill raw patties before grilling. Refrigerate them for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator or 20 minutes in the freezer before placing on the grill. This helps them hold their shape while cooking.
- Make sure your grill is hot and oiled: This gives the burgers those gorgeous charred grill marks and also helps prevent sticking.
Make Ahead and Storage
You can make these ahead and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days, or freezer for up to 2 months, keeping in mind the longer they’re frozen the more they can lose their optimal flavor.
- Freeze them raw: mix your ingredients as instructed, form the patties, and place them flat on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Freeze for a few of hours until completely solid. Then transfer to a freezer-safe bag, either flat or stacked, separating each patty with some wax paper. To serve: Thaw. Remove wax paper and grill as directed.
- Freeze them after cooking: prepare as directed all the way through grilling. Allow them to cool completely, transfer to a cookie sheet and flash freeze (about 45-60 minutes), then stack them in between pieces of wax paper, and place them in a gallon size freezer bag; freeze. To serve: thaw and reheat.
What to Serve with Jerk Turkey Burgers
We love burgers with french fries or onion rings, of course. It also pairs well with pea salad or macaroni salad.
For the toppings, you can go the traditional route with lettuce, tomatoes, and onions. But these particular burgers are taken up a big notch with some sliced fresh mango. I highly recommend you don’t eliminate it. The jerk seasonings and tropical mango are a perfect explosion of flavors and summer perfection!
More Burger Recipes:
- Spinach Feta Turkey Burgers
- Spanish Mustard Burgers
- Salmon Burgers
- Barbecue Onion Burger
- Ground Chicken Burgers
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Jerk Turkey Burgers
- 1 pound lean ground turkey
- 1/3 cup jerk marinade
- 1/3 cup plain breadcrumbs
- 2 whole scallions , minced
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 small ripe mango , peeled and sliced
- In a large bowl, combine the turkey, jerk marinade, breadcrumbs, scallions, salt, and pepper. Do not over mix.
- Shape the mixture into 4 flat uniform patties; brush both sides well with oil. Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Place the patties in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
- Preheat grill for medium-high. Oil the grill grates well and cook burgers for 5-6 minutes per side or until cooked through, an internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F, and no longer pink in the center.
- Serve on buns with mayo and fresh ripe mango!
Reader Questions and Reviews
My mouth is watering just reading the recipe!
I am all for a good turkey burger, but this is a whole new level. I love that sauce, it sounds good good. A little sweet with a little spicy, yum!
You’d love these, Erin!
Amy: I made these last week, using a little jalapeno hot sauce with the mango mixture. Milo liked them a lot and so did Naveen, which is amazing because there was no rice or curry involved. In fact, it was a triumph. Or was it a miracle? ( I made super-thin fried sweet potato slices too, and they were great in the mango sauce. ) Thanks!
That’s awesome, Andrea. You know when I hear a young kid liked my food, it’s the highest compliment!
Well I am definitely jealous of your yard AND your grill. Maybe one day I’ll have one of those two…with living in NYC having both is probably asking for a little too much! Love that you added both sweet and spicy to these!
I made a Mexican-seasoned turkey burger with cilantro and queso fresco in the burger itself. Topped it with jack cheese, avocado, and fresh salsa.
Oooh yum! I bet this would be good with the mango mustard from El Diablo.
YES. I need to get my hands of some of that!
Turkey burger, avocado, chipotle aioli!
I can’t wait to get a grill! Although that might have to wait a while, seeing as I don’t know whether we’re moving into an apartment or house in September… Sigh. But if we have a backyard, a grill would be the first thing on my list! :) As for an epic burger creation, I’m thinking something tropical… Like with grilled pineapple, BBQ sauce, and maybe some sort of ham too. Your mango in your burger inspired me!
Last night I made cremini mushroom burgers, they were great. Thanks for the giveaway.
These look amazing! I’m such a sucker for jerk seasoning and mango together. My epic creation? Greek Turkey Burgers with Yogurt and Feta!
I love the sound of all of the flavors in this turkey burger! That’s a heck of a way to kick up the flavor :D
My epic burger creation?? I’d have to say blackened beef with blue cheese, balsamic & bacon. Never posted it on my blog though – I need to do that asap! Your burger here looks pretty epic, too – loving the flavors!!
I don’t have an epic burger, but Alex (Stephie’s boy) sure does, only he’s keeping it secret. Haha. Anyway, I need to win this so that I can give it to them. Well, I needed to win that corn stripper, too, but that’s another story. I can’t have a burger without sweet corn.