Easy Turkey Burgers Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground turkey (Preferably 93% lean for a good balance of flavor and moisture)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion (Yellow or white onion works)
  • 1/4 cup seasoned breadcrumbs (Plain or Italian-style both work. Or substitute with gluten-free breadcrumbs if needed)
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard (optional, but adds a nice tang)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (Or 1-2 cloves garlic, minced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Olive oil or avocado oil (For cooking)
  • Burger buns
  • Toppings of your choice: Lettuce, tomato, cheese, pickles, red onion, mayo, mustard, etc.)

Equipment

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Skillet or grill pan

Instructions:

Prep the onion:

  • To get maximum moisture from the onion, grate it directly into the bowl using the fine side of a box grater.
  • This releases the juices and helps keep the turkey burgers moist.

Combine the ingredients:

  • In the large bowl, add the ground turkey, grated onion, breadcrumbs, egg, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, mustard (if using), garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Use your hands to gently mix until just combined. Don’t overwork the meat, or the burgers will be tough.

Form the patties:

  • Divide the mixture into 4 equal portions.
  • Gently shape into patties about ½ – ¾ inch thick.
  • Press a slight dent in the center of each patty to help them cook evenly and prevent doming.

Cook the burgers:

  • Skillet: Heat a drizzle of olive oil or avocado oil in a large skillet or grill pan over medium heat. Once hot, add the patties and cook for about 5-6 minutes per side, or until cooked through and the juices run clear.
  • Grill: Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Lightly oil the grates and place the burgers on the grill. Cook for about 5-6 minutes per side or until cooked through.

Check for doneness:

  • An instant-read meat thermometer inserted into the patty should register 165°F (74°C).

Assemble and enjoy:

  • Serve the burgers on toasted buns with your favorite toppings.

Tips:

  • Don’t overmix!: Overmixing the meat will make the burgers dense.
  • Use a light touch: Form the patties gently to avoid tough burgers.
  • Experiment with flavors: Add chopped fresh herbs, different spices, or a splash of hot sauce to customize your burgers.
  • Toppings ideas: Get creative! Try avocado slices, grilled pineapple, a fried egg, different types of cheese, or even a dollop of your favorite sauce.

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