These are truly the best Turkey Burgers! Made with ground turkey, spinach, feta, and tasty seasonings, they cook up perfectly moist and delicious. They’re not only a great alternative to beef burgers, but you’ll probably love them so much, they won’t just be a back up. Directions for grilling and stovetop included. Great for lunch, an easy dinner, and backyard gatherings!
One of these days, I swear I’m just going to serve a steak and some hamburgers without doctoring them up. This isn’t one of those times, though. Lol. Because honestly, who wants burgers seasoned with only salt and pepper? Zzzzzzzz. These are the best turkey burgers and a great change up from beef burgers!
Best Turkey Burgers – Why We Love Them
- So much flavor. These burgers are so incredibly tasty! The turkey mixture and the suggested toppings make every bite like a little circus of deliciousness.
- Moist and juicy. Ground turkey can be kind of dry, but these burgers are anything but! The ingredients included here ensures the moisture gets locked in.
- Healthy: Ground turkey is typically leaner and lower in saturated fat than beef. We love them both, but it’s nice to have a healthier option that doesn’t compromise flavor.
- Various cooking options. These can be made on the grill, on the stovetop, or in the oven. A great year-round burger.
Ground Turkey Burgers Recipe
Ingredients needed for these Turkey Burgers:
(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.
- Spinach: Fresh baby spinach is a nutritional powerhouse filled with so many minerals and vitamins. Plus it’s delicious and colorful. We love it so much in these turkey burgers.
- Feta cheese: This keeps the burgers moist and juicy and also adds salt to the mixture, eliminating the need for extra salt seasoning. (Bleu cheese is also good!)
- Italian dried breadcrumbs: Breadcrumbs act as a binding agent to ensure your burgers don’t crumble apart. They also absorb and retain the juices so the burgers are moist. Seasoned crumbs lend flavor.
- Garlic: Fresh garlic for aromatics and flavor.
- Worcestershire sauce: This adds depth of flavor and helps imitate that rich flavor we love from a traditional beef burger.
- Pepper: These burgers don’t need added salt due to the feta, but don’t skip the pepper, which is important for seasoning and flavor, so the burgers aren’t bland.
- Olive oil: Olive oil adds moisture and richness. You’ll only need a little bit.
How to Make Turkey Burgers
These burgers are incredibly easy to make and assembly isn’t any different than beef burgers. Here’s a brief summary of what to do:
(Scroll below to the printable recipe card for details.)
- Combine ingredients: Mix all ingredients together until combined.
- Form the patties: Divide into 4 equal portions (approximately 4 inches in diameter, 1 inch thick.)
- Chill: Transfer to a plate and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour or freezer for 20 minutes.
- Grill: Preheat a grill to medium-high. Oil the grates really well and grill burgers until no pink remains and are completely cooked through, flipping halfway through cooking time.
How Long to Grill Turkey Burgers?
Turkey burgers cooked over medium-high heat will take about 8-10 minutes, flipping halfway through. More importantly, make sure that there is no pink remaining, the juices run clear, and an internal temperature of 165 degrees F is reached on an instant read thermometer.
Tips for Success
- Chill the raw patties: Chill the patties for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator or 20 minutes in the freezer before cooking. This really helps the burgers hold their shape and not crumble once they hit that hot grill.
- Make sure your grill is hot: This gives the burgers those gorgeous charred grill marks.
- Oil those grill grates well: If you don’t oil the grates, your burgers will stick to the grill and start to come apart.
Other Cooking Options
Don’t have a grill? Or prefer to make these on your stove or in the oven during the winter months? No problem. Prepare burgers as written, but instead of grilling them, pick one of these cooking methods:
- Turkey Burgers on Stove: Cook them in a 12-inch nonstick skillet or cast iron pan. Warm some olive oil over medium-high heat. Once hot, add patties and sear until golden on the bottom, about 5 minutes. Flip and cook for about 5 minutes longer, or or until no longer pink, juices run clear, and an internal temperature of 165 degrees is reached on an instant read thermometer.
- Turkey Burgers in Oven: Place burgers on a lightly oiled or sprayed baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees F for 25-30 minutes (or until an internal temperature of 165 degrees is reached with an instant read thermometer.) Then sear on a hot skillet for 2 minutes per side.
Make Ahead and Storage
- Freeze them raw: make the patties and stack them in between pieces of wax paper (or individually wrap them in plastic wrap). Then place them in a gallon sized freezer bag and freeze. 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.
Grilled Turkey Burgers Video
What to Serve with Turkey Burgers
These burgers pair well with so many things! Here are some suggestions:
- Toppings: We think cucumber, red onion, and mayo really hit the mark, but feel free to use traditional fixins like lettuce, tomato, and pickles. Whatever suits you.
- Serve alongside these sides: Creamy Cucumber Salad, Pea Salad, Cucumber Tomato Salad, or Broccoli Salad.
- Make it low carb: Ditch the bun and serve these burgers in a lettuce wrap for a low carb option.
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Best Turkey Burgers
- 1 1/4 pounds lean ground turkey
- 1 1/2 cups packed fresh spinach , finely chopped
- 4 ounces crumbled feta cheese
- 2 cloves garlic , minced
- 1/4 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 4 hamburger buns , toasted
- mayonnaise , for serving
- cucumber slices , for serving
- thin red onion slices , for serving
- In a large bowl, mix together the ground turkey, chopped spinach, feta cheese, garlic, bread crumbs, Worcestershire, black pepper, and olive oil until combined.
- Divide into 4 equal portions (approximately 4 inches in diameter, 1 inch thick.)
- Transfer to a parchment-lined plate and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour or the freezer for 20 minutes.
- Preheat a grill to medium-high and oil the grates really well.
- Grill burgers for about 4-5 minutes per side, or until no longer pink, juices run clear, and an internal temperature of 165 degrees F is reached on an instant read thermometer.
- Serve on buns with mayonnaise, cucumber, and red onion.
- NOTE: Instructions for cooking on the stovetop or in the oven are included in the full article.