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Delicious Juicy Turkey Burger Recipe

Are you craving a delicious, juicy turkey burger? This recipe has you covered! These turkey burgers are perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or a summer barbecue. Enjoy a healthier twist on a classic burger that’s packed with flavor.

Delicious Juicy Turkey Burger

This turkey burger recipe features healthier ground turkey instead of traditional beef to deliver a flavorful, moist, and satisfying burger. Combine ground turkey with breadcrumbs, onion, egg, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, smoked paprika, salt, pepper, and fresh parsley. Form into patties and cook in olive oil until perfectly browned and cooked through. Serve on toasted buns with fresh lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles, and your favorite condiments. Add a slice of cheese if you like.

What You’d Love About This Recipe

  • Kid-friendly
  • Incredibly juicy and moist
  • Rich and savory flavors
  • Lower-fat and lower-calorie options
  • Straightforward and easy to follow
  • Easily customized with various toppings

Ingredients for making Juicy Turkey Burger

  • Ground turkey: This is the base of the burger. Choose lean fat to ensure the burgers stay juicy.
  • Breadcrumbs: Help bind the mixture and add texture to the burger.
  • Parmesan cheese: adds tanginess, reducing the need for additional salt and bringing a depth of flavor to the turkey burgers. It also helps to bind the ingredients together.
  • Parsley: Adds a fresh, herbal note to the mix
  • Egg: Acts as a binder to hold the patties together.
  • Garlic: Provides a depth of flavor.
  • Salt and Black pepper: these are seasonings for taste.
  • Smoked paprika: gives a subtle smoky flavor to the flavor.
  • Worcestershire sauce: Adds a savory umami taste.
  • Burger buns hold the patties in place. Opt for a sturdy bun that can withstand the juiciness of the turkey burger without becoming soggy.
  • Toppings: Lettuce, tomato, onion, avocado, cheese, or your preferred toppings
  • Condiments: Ketchup, mustard, mayo, or your preferred condiments

How to make Juicy Turkey Burger 

  • Preheat your grill or grill pan to medium-high heat.
  • Combine the ground turkey, breadcrumbs, grated Parmesan cheese, chopped parsley, egg, minced garlic, salt, black pepper, smoked paprika, and Worcestershire sauce in a large mixing bowl. Mix until all the ingredients are evenly distributed.
  • Form the turkey mixture into four equal-sized burger patties. Make an indentation in the center of each patty with your thumb to help maintain their shape during cooking.
  • Grill the turkey burger patties for approximately 6 minutes per side or until they reach an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).
  • While the burgers are cooking, toast the burger buns for 1-2 minutes on the grill or in a toaster.
  • Assemble the burger by placing the turkey patty on the bottom bun, followed by your choice of toppings and condiments. Finish by placing the top bun and enjoy your delicious turkey burger!

Tips to make Juicy Turkey Burger

  • Use Lean Ground Turkey: This helps prevent the burgers from becoming too greasy while maintaining moisture.
  • Don’t Overmix: Overmixing can lead to dense and tough burgers.
  • Make an Indentation: With your thumb, press a slight indentation into the center of each burger patty. This helps the burgers cook evenly and prevents them from puffing up in the middle.
  • Cook to the Right Temperature: Use a meat thermometer to ensure the internal temperature of the turkey burgers reaches 165°F (74°C). This ensures they are fully cooked and safe to eat while remaining juicy.
  • Oil the Grill or Pan: If grilling or cooking on a stovetop, lightly oil the grill grates or pan to prevent sticking and help achieve a nice burger sear.
  • Let them rest before serving. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the patties, resulting in a juicier burger.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

  1. Can I prepare the burger patties in advance?

You can prepare the burger patties in advance and store them in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before cooking. Just make sure to wrap them tightly to prevent drying out.

  1. Can I freeze the uncooked burger patties?

Absolutely! Wrap the uncooked burger patties individually in plastic wrap and place them in a freezer-safe bag. You can freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw them in the refrigerator before cooking.

  1. How do I know when the turkey burgers are cooked through?

The safest way to ensure the turkey burgers are cooked through is by using a meat thermometer. The internal temperature should reach 165°F (74°C). Alternatively, you can cut into the thickest part of the burger; it should no longer be pink, and the juices should run clear.

  1. How do I prevent the turkey burgers from sticking to the pan?

Make sure the skillet or grill grates are well-oiled before adding the burgers. You can also lightly oil the burgers themselves before cooking.

  1. Are turkey burgers healthier than beef burgers?

Turkey burgers are often considered healthier than beef burgers because they are lower in fat and calories. However, the overall healthiness of the burger also depends on the ingredients and toppings used.

How to Store Leftover Turkey Burger

Refrigerate 

  1. Allow the turkey burgers to cool to room temperature before storing. 
  2. Wrap each burger patty tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. This helps keep them moist and prevents them from sticking together.
  3. Place the wrapped patties in an airtight container. This further protects them from drying out and absorbing other odors from the fridge.
  4. Store the container in the refrigerator. Leftover turkey burgers will stay fresh for up to 3-4 days. You can also freeze for up to 2-3 months.

Reheating

  1. From the refrigerator, unwrap the burger and place it on a microwave-safe plate. Heat on medium power for 1-2 minutes or until heated through. If you freeze, thaw overnight.
  2. You can also heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add a small amount of oil or butter to the skillet. Reheat the burger for 3-4 minutes per side or until warmed through.

Perfect Sides to Serve with Turkey Burgers

  • Fries: Crispy Air Fryer French Fries add a touch of sweetness that complements the savory turkey burgers.
  • Coleslaw: A refreshing coleslaw made with shredded cabbage, carrots, and a tangy dressing provides a nice crunch and balance to the juicy burgers.
  • Grilled Vegetables: Seasonal vegetables like zucchini, bell peppers, and asparagus, grilled to perfection, add a smoky flavor that pairs well with turkey burgers.
  • Garden Salad: A simple garden salad with mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and a light vinaigrette is a fresh and healthy side option.
  • Potato Salad: A classic potato salad that makes for a filling and tasty side dish.
  • Corn on the Cob: Grilled or boiled corn on the cob, brushed with butter and sprinkled with salt, is a summertime favorite that complements the burgers well.
  • Chakalaka: Smoky and sweet chakalaka is a hearty side dish that goes perfectly with turkey burgers.
  • Fruit Salad: A refreshing fruit salad with a mix of seasonal fruits like watermelon, berries, and citrus can provide a sweet contrast to the savory burger.
  • Hamburger Helper and Cheese: Creamy, cheesy macaroni and cheese is a comforting side dish that kids and adults alike will enjoy with turkey burgers.
  • Roasted Brussels Sprouts: Roasted Brussels sprouts with olive oil, salt, and pepper add a nutritious and flavorful side option.
  • Onion Rings: Crispy onion rings are a fun and crunchy side dish that pairs excellently with soft turkey burgers.

Beverage Pairings:

Iced Tea: A refreshing glass of iced tea, sweetened or unsweetened, is a great match.

Lemonade: Tangy and sweet lemonade is perfect for a summer meal.

Craft Beer: A light lager or pilsner can complement the flavors of the turkey burger.

Sparkling Water: For a non-alcoholic option, flavored sparkling water can add a refreshing touch.

Other Delicious Turkey Recipes

  1. Super Juicy Turkey – Dry Brined
  2. Air Fryer Turkey Thighs
  3. Oven-roasted Turkey Legs Recipe
  4. Air Fryer Turkey Breast
  5. Easy Oven Roasted Turkey Thighs With Vegetables
  6. Air Fryer Turkey Wings – quick, easy, and delicious
  7. Perfect Juicy Oven-Roasted Turkey Breast
  8. Smothered Turkey Wings – Oven Baked

Delicious Juicy Turkey Burger Recipe

Are you craving a delicious, juicy turkey burger? This recipe has you covered! These turkey burgers are perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or a summer barbecue. Enjoy a healthier twist on a classic burger that’s packed with flavor.
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Calories: 1283.4kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 burger buns

Toppings: Lettuce, tomato, onion, avocado, cheese, or your preferred toppings

    Condiments: Ketchup, mustard, mayo, or your preferred condiments

      Instructions

      • Preheat your grill or grill pan to medium-high heat.
      • In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground turkey, breadcrumbs, grated Parmesan cheese, chopped parsley, egg, minced garlic, salt, black pepper, smoked paprika, and Worcestershire sauce. Mix until all the ingredients are evenly distributed.
      • Form the turkey mixture into four equal-sized burger patties. Make an indentation in the center of each patty with your thumb to help maintain their shape during cooking.
      • Grill the turkey burger patties for approximately 6 minutes per side or until they reach an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).
      • While the burgers are cooking, toast the burger buns for 1-2 minutes on the grill or in a toaster.
      • Assemble the burger by placing the turkey patty on the bottom bun, followed by your choice of toppings and condiments. Finish by placing the top bun and enjoy your delicious turkey burger!

      Notes

      1. Use Lean Ground Turkey: This helps prevent the burgers from becoming too greasy while maintaining moisture.
      2. Don’t Overmix: Overmixing can lead to dense and tough burgers.
      3. Make an Indentation: With your thumb, press a slight indentation into the center of each burger patty. This helps the burgers cook evenly and prevents them from puffing up in the middle.
      4. Cook to the Right Temperature: Use a meat thermometer to ensure the internal temperature of the turkey burgers reaches 165°F (74°C). This ensures they are fully cooked and safe to eat while remaining juicy.
      5. Oil the Grill or Pan: If grilling or cooking on a stovetop, lightly oil the grill grates or pan to prevent sticking and help achieve a nice burger sear.
      6. Let them rest before serving. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the patties, resulting in a juicier burger.

      Nutrition

      Calories: 1283.4kcal | Carbohydrates: 113.4g | Protein: 141.3g | Fat: 28.5g | Saturated Fat: 9.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7.6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7.2g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 434.9mg | Sodium: 2990.6mg | Potassium: 1868.4mg | Fiber: 5.4g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 2330.7IU | Vitamin C: 24.5mg | Calcium: 596.3mg | Iron: 13mg

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