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With just 5 ingredients and about 20 minutes, you can serve these juicy and flavorful Turkey Burgers for a healthy dinner any night of the week! The burgers can be prepared on a grill, in a skillet, or under the broiler for a convenient and family-friendly option on busy days.

Here's how to make juicy turkey burgers for a healthy dinner on the grill!

I live in a house full of classic beef hamburger-lovin’ men. So while I’ve always enjoyed a good turkey burger, I knew that I had my work cut out for me when I decided to tackle homemade turkey burgers for my 4 boys.

Delicious and juicy turkey burgers are a healthy dinner for a summer cookout!

Let me just get straight to the point: after testing a few different recipes, adjusting seasonings, and running the options by my crew, I can confidently say that these turkey burgers are 100% approved by every single one of the guys in my house. They were even devoured by the 4-year-old who thinks that a McDonald’s fast food hamburger is fine dining!

So while they might be light and healthy, they certainly do NOT taste like diet food.

Grilled turkey burgers on a bun.

The kids were literally grabbing the “model” burgers straight out from under my camera! They have no patience when it comes to burgers…

But really. I consider these turkey burgers the ultimate family dinner because:

  • they’re a low-calorie, high-protein, low-carb option that suits just about any healthy diet;
  • they’re quick and easy to prepare from start to finish in less than 30 minutes;
  • they can be prepared in advance (and frozen, if necessary), and leftovers reheat beautifully in the microwave in 1 minute; and
  • they’re one of the few meals that I can serve our entire family without a single picky-eater complaint!

A child's hands holding healthy turkey burgers!

If you want an even lighter option, the turkey burgers taste delicious on top of a salad with tons of fixin’s. I often do this for lunch when I have extras that I just want to reheat in the microwave and enjoy for a quick and satisfying mid-day meal.

Best of all, you don’t have to wait until the perfect sunny, Saturday afternoon summer cookout to serve these turkey burgers. I’ve included instructions for cooking them in a skillet and under the broiler, in case the grill just isn’t a convenient option.

I hope that your beef-loving friends and family will enjoy these juicy, hearty turkey burgers just as much as mine do!


Juicy turkey burgers are a healthy recipe for your next cookout!

Turkey Burgers

4.50 from 2 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings 4 burgers
Calories 166.3 kcal
With just 5 ingredients and about 20 minutes, you can serve these juicy and flavorful Turkey Burgers for a healthy dinner any night of the week! The burgers can be prepared on a grill, in a skillet, or under the broiler for a convenient and family-friendly option on busy days.


  • 1 lb. ground 93% or 85% ground turkey*
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Dash of pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • For serving: sandwich buns; lettuce; tomato; ketchup; mustard; pickles; onions; cheese


  • Place all ingredients in a large bowl. Use a fork to gently, evenly distribute the seasonings. Be careful that you don’t overwork the meat, which can result in a dry, dense burger.
  • Divide the turkey mixture into 4 equal portions. Use cupped hands to gently toss one portion of meat into the shape of a loose ball. Flatten into a 1-inch patty. Repeat with remaining turkey to shape 3 more burgers.
  • Tip: If you’re cooking the burgers on the grill or under a broiler (where they will be exposed to direct heat on all sides), try pressing a small dimple or indentation in the center of each patty. This will prevent the burgers from “puffing up” during cooking.
  • If you’re cooking the burgers in a skillet, the edges and tops of the burgers will not directly touch the heat at any point – and therefore the patties will not puff up. As a result, you do not need to make a dimple in the center of the patty before cooking.


  • Heat 2 teaspoons of vegetable or avocado oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Place patties in the skillet and cook until the bottoms are browned (about 3 minutes). Flip the burgers and continue to cook for 3-5 more minutes, or until internal temperature of the patties reaches 160 degrees F.


  • Preheat broiler to high. Spray a broiler pan with oil or cooking spray. Place patties on the prepared broiler pan. Broil for 5-7 minutes on each side, or until internal temperature of the patties reaches 160 degrees F.


  • Heat a gas grill on high. Oil the cooking grate and cook (covered) until burgers are lightly charred and internal temperature of the patties reaches 160 degrees F (about 5-7 minutes per side).


*I don’t recommend using 99% extra lean ground turkey breast because it tends to yield a dry burger.
Note: This recipe yields 4 relatively small burgers, which I often serve on "slider" buns. If you're feeding a larger family (such as a family of 5 like mine), I suggest doubling the ingredients to prepare 8 small patties. They will disappear fast, and they freeze or keep in the refrigerator really well as leftovers.
To Prepare in Advance: You can shape the patties ahead of time and keep them on a tray (or plate) lined with waxed paper, covered, in the refrigerator overnight. You can also freeze individual patties if you prefer.
To Cook in Advance: If you want to cook the patties in advance (or if you just have leftovers), the cooked burgers keep really well in the refrigerator for at least 3 days. Alternatively, you can wrap the cooked burgers tightly in plastic wrap and foil and keep them in the freezer for up to 3 months.
To Reheat the Cooked Burgers: Microwave a refrigerated, cooked burger on high for about 1 minute.


Serving: 1turkey burger (not including bun or toppings)Calories: 166.3kcalCarbohydrates: 0.8gProtein: 22.1gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2.5gCholesterol: 80mgSodium: 482.2mgSugar: 0.7g
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Author: Blair Lonergan

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  1. These look so good – and I love that they got the picky eaters tick of approval!! Woohoo!

  2. My husband was recently diagnosed as having the alpha-gal virus, so he had to give up pork, beef and a few other types of meat. I already don’t eat pork and beef was next on my list. So, I’ve been experimenting with different recipes. I tried your turkey burger recipe tonight and it was delicious! He couldn’t believe how good these were because he loves beef. Thank you!

  3. 5 stars
    Delicious! Have made these 3x in the past 2 weeks or so! (We used 3lbs of meat for older kids!) Super easy and moist. Love the tips about not over-kneading meat & putting a dimple to prevent the puffing during cooking. (Works!) I’ve shared this recipe with 3 friends because we all love it so much in my house!