Grilled Turkey Burgers

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I love a biting into a juicy, grilled burger with all the fixings. So, when we found out that we had to cut back on our beef consumption, it was a big disappointment. We knew we would really miss grilled hamburgers. Then I started experimenting with ground turkey. It took me a while to come up with this amazing turkey burger recipe. But, once you taste these absolutely delicious Grilled Turkey Burgers, you won’t miss the ground beef. Get my surprisingly simple ingredients that transform ordinarily humble turkey burgers to the best turkey burgers around.

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ground turkey burgers and homemade buns ready to serve

We are fortunate to live in an area where you can easily grill year-round. And, we do. At least once or twice a week my husband grills our dinner. So, grilling is how we like doing things, though, I cover the other methods below.

I actually created this recipe a few years ago and shared it in a weekly dinner menu. But, it is so good that I decided it deserves it’s own recipe post. This tried-and-true recipe is simply the best grilled turkey burgers we have ever had.

What you Need for the Best Turkey Burgers

  • lean ground turkey
  • egg
  • bread crumbs or cubes
  • onion
  • fresh parsley
  • ranch dressing seasoning (see substitutions in recipe)

I recommend using ground turkey that comes in a plastic tray, rather than in a tube. The ground turkey that comes in plastic trays tends to be firmer in texture and less “wet.”

This recipe is so adaptable that I’ve used fresh bread, gluten free bread, panko, and even dried sourdough bread crumbs. Use whatever you have on hand, and I provide equivalents below in the recipe.

I love the flavor that ranch dressing seasoning gives to the turkey burgers.

But, you can easily substitute it with a homemade seasoning blend. I’ve shared my favorite ranch dressing seasoning substitute in the recipe. I created this substitute seasoning blend because most ranch dressing seasonings contain MSG, which I am very sensitive to.

Turkey Burgers and buns with roasted sweet potato fries ready to serve

What Makes These Turkey Burgers so Good

A number of things ensure these turkey burgers are loaded with flavor:

  • Grilling the turkey burgers gives them that amazing chargrilled flavor. Although you can make a tasty turkey burger in a skillet or under the broiler, the taste isn’t quite the same.
  • Ranch dressing seasoning gives these turkey burgers amazing flavor. It is the special ingredient that really transforms these burgers. Poultry tends to be a little bland, but these burgers are bursting with flavor.
  • The perfect amount of chopped onion. Sometimes onion can make or break a recipe. Here, it definitely helps make it.

How to Make Ground Turkey Burgers

Making the best and juiciest burgers is a really simple process:

Add the egg, bread crumbs, onion, fresh parsley, and ranch seasoning to a bowl.

Break the ground turkey into pieces and add to the bowl. Mix it well with clean hands or a folk.

Separate into 4 pieces. The meat mixture will be sticky. So, use wet hands to create the patties.

Refrigerate at least 15 minutes before cooking. These patties can be made the day prior, and kept in the refrigerator covered.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to grill turkey burgers without falling apart?

We use a grilling mat on our grill when cooking burgers, fish, and veggies. I highly recommend getting one if you grill often. If you don’t have a grilling mat then clean and well grease your grill grates before preheating the grill. Once you add the burgers to the grates, do not move them until they have seared on the one side (about 5 minutes) and it’s time to turn them over.

Another tip that helps your burgers keep from falling apart is to let them refrigerate a few hours before grilling.

How long to grill turkey burgers?

About 5 minutes per side. Use a temperature probe to check the internal temperature of your patties. Since they are poultry, they should be 165º if done.

What can I do to keep the turkey burgers from drying out?

This recipe makes the juiciest turkey burgers. Overcooking is the #1 cause of dry turkey burgers. Use a thermometer to check the internal temperature of your burgers every few minutes.

My burger mixture is really wet. Is this normal?

Ground poultry is much “wetter” than ground beef. It is completely normal for this recipe to look messy. Use wet hands to form the patties and remember to refrigerate your patties before cooking.

Can I make the patties ahead?

Yes, you can make them a day or two ahead. Just be sure to keep them well covered in the refrigerator.

I don’t have dry ranch dressing seasoning. What can I use instead?

Here is my easy dry ranch dressing substitute:  2 Tablespoons Buttermilk Powder (optional), 1 Tablespoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon dried parsley, 1 teaspoon dried chives, 2 teaspoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon dried dill. Mix together and use in place of 1 package of seasoning.

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Turkey Burgers

These burgers are so delicious, you'd never know they have turkey instead of beef! Check out my recipe for 40 minute homemade buns for the best meal ever.

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword 30 minute meals, Dinner, Easy Dinner, gluten-free, Make Ahead
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
refrigeration time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 234 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 large egg lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup dry bread crumbs (see notes for substitutions)
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning (see notes for substitutions)

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl combine the egg, bread crumbs, onion, parsley, and seasoning. Crumble turkey over mixture and mix well. Mixture will be sticky, so wet your hands to shape the patties. This recipe makes 4 patties.

  2. Place the patties in the fridge for at least 15 minutes before cooking. This allows the burgers to firm up and helps to keep them from falling apart during cooking.

Grilling directions:

  1. Clean and grease the grill grates very well before preheating. Using a grill mat ensures that your patties won't fall apart during grilling. Grill over medium heat for 5-6 minutes on each side. The burgers are done when the internal temperature reads 165°.

Broiling directions:

  1. Place the burgers on a broiling pan, about 4" from broiler. Broil for 5-6 minutes on each side. The burgers are done when the internal temperature reads 165°.

Skillet directions:

  1. Preheat a heavy skillet (a cast iron skillet works great) over medium-high heat. Add burgers and let sit without moving until browned, about 5 minutes. Turn burger and let brown on the other side. The burgers are done when the internal temperature reads 165°.

Recipe Notes

Bread Crumbs: Use 2/3 cup of dried bread crumbs or 2 slices of fresh bread cut into 1/2″ cubes. For gluten-free, use gluten-free bread. 

Ranch seasoning substitute: 2 Tablespoons Buttermilk Powder (optional), 1 Tablespoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon dried parsley, 1 teaspoon dried chives, 2 teaspoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon dried dill. Mix together.

Nutrition Facts
Turkey Burgers
Amount Per Serving
Calories 234 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 103mg34%
Sodium 731mg32%
Potassium 385mg11%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 172IU3%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 43mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Grilled turkey burgers and buns

These burgers are really the juiciest and tastiest burgers! Thanks to my special ingredients, you won’t have to worry about bland turkey burgers. You’ll proudly serve these burgers at your next outdoor cookout.

Once you try these burgers, you are likely to start making them frequently like we do. So, I’ve included some fun variations below to keep things fresh.

Homemade Turkey Burger Variations

  • Turkey Chile Burgers: Mince a mild green chile and add it to the turkey mixture for a mild heat.
  • BBQ Ranch Burgers: brush on BBQ sauce during grilling.
  • Turkey Pepper Jack Burgers: Mix 1/2 cup of grated pepper jack cheese to the turkey mixture.
  • Smoked Turkey Burgers: add a few soaked wood chips to foil or a metal smoker box, and place just under the grill grate. Or, add 1 teaspoons of liquid smoke to the turkey mixture.
  • Turkey Cheeseburgers: Mix 1/2 of grated cheddar or American cheese to the turkey mixture.

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