This is the best turkey burger recipe out there! These easy-to-make burgers are healthy and super flavorful. And you can make them on a grill or on the stovetop (I prefer the stovetop in a cast-iron pan). If you make these, make sure to leave a rating and comment below. I love hearing from you!
- 1 pound (93 percent lean) ground turkey*
- 1/4 cup finely chopped green onion (white and green parts)
- 1–2 garlic cloves, finely chopped or pressed
- 2 tablespoons ketchup (I like Sir Kensington’s brand)
- 1 tablespoon tamari** (or coconut aminos, low-sodium soy sauce, or sugar-free Worcestershire sauce)
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt or fine sea salt
- a few spins of freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 2 tablespoons avocado oil (or other healthy cooking oil) for the pan
- Burger buns of your choice, or romaine lettuce leaves for a bunless burger
- Topping ideas: cheese of your choice, lettuce, onions, sliced tomatoes, natural ketchup, and/or mustard (or see variation ideas below)
- In a medium mixing bowl, mix the turkey meat, diced onions, minced garlic, ketchup, tamari, salt, and pepper. Your clean hands work best to mix it all together.
- Using your hands, form into 4 patties each about 3/4-inch-to-1-inch thick. The meat will be wet. You can lightly coat your hands in oil, if needed, to help form the patties.
- Let the patties chill in your refrigerator for at least 15 minutes, up to 2 hours. (Don’t skip this! It helps them hold together.)
- In the meantime, heat your cast-iron pan over medium-high heat (or your grill to about 450°F if you’re grilling outside). Generously oil your grill or grill pan grates (or add 1 tablespoon oil to your skillet, if using).
- Add burger patties and cook untouched for 5-6 minutes.
- Using a sturdy spatula, flip the burgers and continue cooking until cooked through and the internal temperature reaches 165°F, another 5-6 minutes.
- If you’re adding cheese, add to the top of the patties in the last minute of cooking.
- Remove from the heat and let sit for a minute or two. Serve on buns or lettuce wraps with condiments of your choice.
*If you only have or prefer 99% lean ground turkey, add 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil to the turkey burger mixture to add a little fat back in to prevent it from drying out and sticking to the pan.
**Tamari is gluten-free soy sauce. “Coconut aminos” is a gluten-free, vegan liquid seasoning sauce made from the fermented sap of coconut palm and sea salt. It tastes similar to Worchester sauce or soy sauce and adds a great umami flavor.
You want to use real onion and garlic, not garlic or onion powder. The taste is remarkably better with fresh ingredients.
- Gluten-Free Burgers: Use your favorite gluten-free burger buns. Or skip the bun and use lettuce as a wrap.
- Greek-Style Turkey Burgers: Add a cup of finely chopped fresh spinach and 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano to your turkey burger meat. Then top your cooked patties with feta cheese, Tzatziki sauce, and some sliced cucumbers and fresh dill.
- Asian-Style Turkey Burgers: Add 1/4 cup shredded carrots and 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger to your burger patties, then top your burger with some crunchy slaw tossed in my Thai Peanut Sauce and some cilantro.
- Calories: 281
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