It’s hard to beat a juicy burger with a crisp pickle and a cold beer in the backyard. It’s a cookout classic. But beef burgers can be so indulgent, it’s smart to look for healthier alternatives you can enjoy just as much. Enter: turkey burgers. These often get a bad rap for being dry and tasteless, but they don’t have to be. Here’s how to cook ’em right.
Grilled Turkey Burger Ingredients
- Large egg
- Soft whole wheat bread crumbs
- Finely chopped celery
- Finely chopped onion
- Minced fresh parsley
- Worcestershire sauce
- Dried oregano
- Lean ground turkey
- Hamburger buns
Step 1: Combine the binder and flavorings
In a small bowl, mix the egg, bread crumbs, celery, onion, parsley, Worcestershire sauce and spices.
Test Kitchen Tip: Pre-mixing these ingredients makes them easier to mix into the turkey meat. The less you handle the meat, the more tender it will be.
Step 2: Form turkey patties
Pinch off ground turkey over the bowl, and then lightly mix the mixture together. Form the meat into patties by plucking off a piece, rolling into a meatball, and pressing between your palms or onto a sheet of waxed paper. (It’s easier if you get your hands wet first.) You should have enough for six patties. Don’t make the patties too fat or too thin. About 1/3-inch is ideal. Press a small dimple into the middle of each patty to encourage even cooking.
Step 3: Grill
Grease the grill grates. Cook the patties over medium heat, about five to six minutes per side. Begin to take the temperature with an instant-read thermometer after about nine minutes. This may be the most crucial key to preserving moisture. Closely monitor the temperature of the meat, and remove from the grill as soon as it hits your target temperature—for turkey, that’s 165ºF.
Searing over the highest heat on the grill will result in plenty of browning, but it can easily lead to overcooking. Cook the patties over medium heat for greater control and an even result.
Test Kitchen Tip: Don’t press down on the meat with your spatula, like they do when cooking burgers in the movies. This will squeeze out tons of juice!
Can you make turkey burgers in advance?
Turkey burgers can be shaped in advance and frozen, uncooked, on a parchment-lined sheet pan. Once frozen, transfer the patties to an airtight container and store in the freezer for up to three months. They can be grilled right from frozen, adding a bit more time to reach 165°. Store leftover grilled turkey burgers in the refrigerator for two to three days.
Ground Turkey Burger Tips
How can you make sure grilled turkey burgers are juicy?
How do you keep turkey burgers from falling apart?
The secret to a well-grilled turkey burger that won’t fall apart while cooking is a great binder in the patty mixture. The egg and the bread crumbs in this recipe help bind the ground turkey and the mix-ins, so the patty stays together much more easily.
What other toppings can you put on grilled turkey burgers?
The sky is the limit when it comes to topping grilled turkey burgers. Classic toppings include ketchup, mustard, pickles, onion, crunchy lettuce and sweet tomato, but we have a long list of crazy-delicious burger toppings, spanning from pickled red onions to Memphis barbecue sauce for you to try.
What do you serve with grilled turkey burgers?
French fries and potato chips are always a welcome salty addition to a burger, but great side dishes for hamburgers go way beyond fried potatoes. Some other favorites are crunchy coleslaws, hearty potato salads and creamy macaroni salad recipes.