The Best Turkey Burger Recipe

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The Best Turkey Burger Recipe will be the juiciest and most delicious burger you ever did make. One secret ingredient takes these burgers over the top! Simple to make on the grill or stovetop, flavorful and obviously super moist. Serve with homemade French Fries, Kettle Chips or a Macaroni Salad. Yum!

Turkey Burger Recipe

Turkey Burger Recipe

The Best Turkey Burger Recipe is here! I asked you all to tell me the recipes you’d like to see and lots of you surprisingly said juicy turkey burgers. Say what? I know turkey burgers can be notoriously dry, but I didn’t realize it was such an epidemic. So here I am, showing up to the party with the juiciest turkey burger recipe you ever did eat.

Main Ingredients Needed

To make the juiciest of all turkey burgers gather up these ingredients and get ready to cook!

  • Lean Ground Turkey – I used the 93/7 kind but you could probably get away with the 99% fat-free kind, just make sure to grease your pan well!
  • Egg, Salt, Pepper, Parsely, Poultry Seasoning, and Milk – this is all mixed in with the turkey! I know this mixture may seem a little weird but once it starts cooking, the egg will help hold its shape together.
  • Cold Butter – get ready for the secret technique for making these the best turkey burgers out there.
  • American Cheese – if you don’t like cheese with your burgers, don’t add it.
  • Hamburger Buns – you’re going to need someplace to put these beautiful patties. For a healthier spin get the whole wheat buns.
  • Toppings – lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions, mustard, ketchup, etc, etc!
turkey burgers filled with butter

How to Make Turkey Burgers | Directions

The process to make these burgers is really simple and easy to follow. So here we go!

Step 1: Combine Turkey Burger Ingredients

Into a large bowl, add in lean ground turkey, milk, egg, salt, pepper, parsley, and poultry seasoning.

Mix to create a uniform mixture, then divide into 4 equal portions.

Step 2: Form the Patties

Form each portion into a turkey patty. Cut cold butter into 1/2 tablespoon slices and press into each turkey burger patty.

Form the meat evenly around the butter and preheat your griddle pan or outdoor grill. This is the griddle pan I have; its great!

Step 3: Cook Your Turkey Burgers

Cook about 4 minutes per side, until browned, and internal temperature registers 165 degrees. Do not cut into your turkey burgers to see if they’re fully cooked! You will lose all the butter and end up with a drier burger.

Step 4: Serve!

Add your turkey burger to a soft sesame (or potato) bun with all the goodies and condiments you’d like and snarf it down. My favorite toppings are all the ‘classic’ ones you’d find at any burger joint: lettuce, tomato, pickle, onion, ketchup, and mustard. Oh, and American cheese! There is a time and place for American cheese and this is it.

1-2 bites in and you’ll have a few drips. I tried to get a picture of it on my hand, but it was pretty hard holding a burger in one hand, my camera in the other AND trying to prevent other children from picking up and throwing the other 3 burgers I prepared. But you get the idea. They are juicy.

turkey burgers

How to Keep Turkey Burgers Juicy

In the directions above I laid the recipe out pretty thoroughly, but there are a few steps I wanted to highlight to ensure you don’t skip them!

  • Add milk to the turkey burger mixture. This not only helps keep the meat moist but also tender!
  • Fill each burger with butter. This is a little extra insurance to keep things extra moist and juicy inside, even if you overcook. As long as you don’t cut into the burger to check whether it’s done or not, the butter should stay intact and keep everything perfect!
  • Do not overcook. Turkey burgers are notoriously dry, and a big part of this has to do with overcooking. Use a meat thermometer to check your burgers. Once they hit 165 degrees internally, pull them off the heat.
  • Serve them hot. I mean, the term hot & juicy go hand in hand for a reason.
finished turkey burger recipe

A Note about Ground Turkey

So, in my experience living coast to coast, I’ve come to realize the differences in ground turkey meat you can find at the grocery store. Some of it is more moist, some of it is more dry. (In my photos, you’ll notice my formed burgers look perfectly normal because I used the super lean meat.) Typically the leaner the turkey, the ‘drier’ it is. So, for ease, use a leaner ground turkey.

If you make this recipe and you happen to have some of that wet turkey meat, try decreasing the milk. If the mixture for the turkey burgers is still a little too sticky, do your best to form the burgers and then give them a quick freeze, especially if you’re wanting to grill these outdoors. Turkey burgers are easier to cook on an indoor griddle when they are sticky.

What to Serve with Turkey Burgers

Like any other burger recipe, there are side dish staples to serve with it. I’ve picked out a few of my own recipes that you can make alongside this juicy and tasty recipe.

juicy turkey burgers

Grilling Turkey Burgers

The taste of a grilled burger is like no other, plus those amazing grill marks. Insert all the puffy heart eye emojis!

Grill on medium-high heat until the internal temperature is 165 degrees. If you don’t think your patties are firm enough, throw them in the freezer for 10-15 minutes. Then proceed to grill.

Can I Make the Patties Ahead of Time?

You sure can! The great thing about this turkey burger recipe is that it can be made ahead of time. Follow the directions as followed until the middle of step 4.

  1. Into a large bowl, add in lean ground turkey, milk, egg, salt, pepper, parsley, and poultry seasoning.
  2. Mix to create a uniform mixture, then divide into 4 equal patties.
  3. Cut cold butter into 1/2 tablespoon slices and press into each turkey burger patty.
  4. Form the meat evenly around the butter.

Now stack them up with parchment paper in-between each patty and refrigerate. These can be made a day or two ahead of time.

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Crack out your griddle and enjoy 🙂

Printable recipe card is below along with a super helpful video!

4.86 from 115 votes

The Juiciest Turkey Burgers

This turkey burger recipe will be the juiciest and most delicious burger you ever did make. One secret ingredient takes these burgers over the top! These turkey burgers are simple, flavorful and of course super moist! 
servings 4 burgers
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 18 mins


  • 1 lb lean ground turkey 93/7
  • 1 large egg
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon cold milk
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter
  • 4 slices American cheese
  • any other burger toppings: pickles, lettuce, tomato, onion, etc as desired
  • 4 soft sesame burger buns


  • Place turkey into a large bowl with egg, salt, pepper, parsley, poultry seasoning and milk. Stir to combine. {Mixture may seem a little wet, but once it starts cooking, the egg will help hold it’s shape together.}
  • Preheat indoor griddle to medium-medium high heat.
  • Divide meat into 4 even patties. Cut butter into skinny half tablespoon pats. Press butter into the center of each patty forming the meat around it.
  • Spray griddle pan with nonstick cooking spray and place each burger down onto the griddle. Cook about 4 minutes per side or until browned and completely cooked. Feel free to melt cheese on top of each burger. {Place cheese onto cooked side of the burger and cover with a large pot lid or foil for 1 minute to melt cheese.}
  • Remove burgers and place onto buns. Top with any desired toppings and condiments and serve.



Calories: 434kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 161mg | Sodium: 709mg | Potassium: 338mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 515IU | Vitamin C: 0.6mg | Calcium: 327mg | Iron: 3.1mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: juicy turkey burger, turkey burger, turkey burger recipe, turkey burgers

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171 Responses
  1. GiseB

    Now THAT is a juicy turkey burger! YUM!! You’re almost there, so excited for you! Make sure you get all dolled up 🙂

      1. Crystal R

        5 stars
        I just made turkey burgers using your recipe and secret ingredients.. This is the best burger I’ve ever eaten!!! Juicy and delicious.. the milk was a great add indeed.. Thank you so much for sharing.. my husband and I loved it

    1. Mayra

      5 stars
      I tried your recipe, and I must say that these were the best turkey burgers I’ve ever made!!!! I seasoned to my taste, but I added almond milk, and 1 egg and egg whites to a large pack of turkey meat. I smeared butter while cooking, and they were a huge hit! Thank you 😊

  2. Christina

    We’ve resorted to buying turkey burgers. Not because the ones I made were dry, but because they fall apart too easily. Yours look like they hold up pretty well so I’ll give them a try.

    1. Lauren

      You have to be pretty gentle with them up until you put them on the griddle, but once they start cooking, they definitely hold their shape well.

  3. Jeanette

    i may have to join Instragram just to view the reunion pictures! Congratulations! My husband use to be on a Sub so I understand how excited you are. Thank you to your husband for his service!

  4. diana burke

    I try not to eat meat but your turkey Burger looked so good that I will have to break down and make one soon I have been following lots of your post have made several very nice dinners Thank you for all the tips. I know you will enjoy your trip and renewed life with your husband You sure take on a lot i admire your efforts. God Bless you and your family.

  5. Stacey J

    5 stars
    My whole family LOVED these. I made them exactly according to the recipe. Very delicious. Very juicy and not the least bit dry. Thank you very much. This will be a new regular at our house.

  6. Paige

    5 stars
    Ok, so.. I’ve been cooking turkey burgers for a long time, and this is by far the BEST recipe. The reason I believe this is the best recipe is because of how juicy the burgers are!! I sampled one after cooking them.. and I immediately devoured two more. I think the butter is the trick! I also added some extras such as some McCormick Grill Mates Hamburger seasoning and Munster cheese on top. Hands down juiciest burgers.. bookmarking this recipe! thanks!!

  7. Christian Antwon

    5 stars
    hi Lauren, I just tried this recipe today, and oh my goodness you are right these are the juiciest turkey burgers I ever made I threw on some sliced pepper jack cheese and they are so wonderful, thank you for sharing this recipe, God bless you and your family

  8. Erin

    5 stars
    “Best burger you’ve ever made!” – my husband
    I cooked mine a George foreman and they turned out delicious! I’m definitely going to do this more often especially when it’s to cold to grill out

  9. Erithea Stone

    5 stars
    I did your recipe the only difference is that put onions and green peppers in a chopper and puree it and put it in the meat. I followed your directions and even pulled out the thermometer It was so good and juicy.

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    1. Sandie Jordan

      These would be best made in a pan and not on a grill. While they taste good, they are too loose to cook on an open grill top.

      1. Jan

        Definitely not suitable for BBQ-they were tasty but I lost a lot of the meat through the grill and they stuck pretty bad. I would try them again but cook them on a smooth griddle or pan

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  12. Joanne

    5 stars
    I tried your recipe for the turkey burger tonite. Wow! Who would’ve thought a little egg and some milk with a dab of butter would make the Burger so juicy. Hats off to you Lauren. I’ll be using your recipe from now on. Thank you!

  13. Melli Warren

    5 stars
    Wow!….this is the BEST hamburger recipe EVER!!! I spread some jalapeño ranch dressing on it & it was like icing on a cake! Deeeelish!!! I will definitely make this again & again & again!

  14. Laura

    5 stars
    These burgers were delicious and juicy! So much better than those frozen turkey burgers. The only thing I could not get myself to do was put a half a tablespoon of butter into each of the burgers. So I took one half a tablespoon of butter melted into the pan and smushed the Burgers down so they were thin not thick .
    Again The juiciest turkey burger I have ever had and will have again . My boys loved them too !

  15. Lindsay S.

    5 stars
    These are delicious! Making these on the griddle is genius! These have been added to our dinner rotation. I make them as sliders and the left overs heat up well for a tasty lunch. Thank you for this recipe!

  16. Karen

    I may have to try this. I think if I add anything, it would be some smoked paprika to give it a smoky flavor, like grilled burgers.

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  18. Jenny

    5 stars
    I just made this… OMG I’m in love. The smell and taste of red meat makes me sick, and I only eat it about once a year, for a burger. Now I can a have a burger when ever I want.

    I made mine with mushroom and Swiss.

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  19. Jessica

    5 stars
    I have made this recipe for turkey burgers numerous times, I love it and so does the boyfriend. We even eat the leftovers the next day for our lunch. 🙂 Sometimes we use Boston leaf lettuce for buns… helps limit the carbs. THANKS so much for most certainly the best turkey burger recipe.

  20. Janine

    5 stars
    I have to say……….. I made these and let me tell you they ARE SOOOOO JUICY! ! ! Topped mine with the cheese as suggested and cole slaw on a whole grain sandwich thin bun to help with the healthy issue and the Juicy still shined. Best Turkey Burger Hands Down. Thank you for sharing

  21. Jessica

    5 stars
    A couple years ago I swore I’d never make another turkey burger. Ground turkey can be difficult to work with (esp w/o breadcrumbs) and they always end up dry or just not tasting very good. I’ve had your recipe saved for some time now, & finally decided to make it tonight. Hands down, best turkey burger I’ve ever had. This recipe did not disappoint! The outside was nice and crispy while the inside stayed super juicy. Thanks for the fre recipe!

  22. Candice Briggs

    5 stars
    Just made these tonight. Followed the recipe exactly as it was written. My family loved them. My husband said they were restaurant quality. Thank you!

  23. Karlie

    5 stars
    I was skeptical when seeing how loose the burger mix was in the bowl, mine looked a little runnier, but they came out amazingly well! I’ve never used my center stove griddle, but it worked like a charm for these turkey burgers. So delicious! The family loved them and proclaimed them as good as, or better than beef burgers. Juicy as promised. Total winner, thank you for this recipe!

  24. Marilyn Brennan

    5 stars
    My turn to make these. John and I are at the coast for three nights and I brought a pound of ground turkey, and have the other ingredients, so here’s to a treat tonight!

    1. Lauren

      No, you can totally form the patties the night before, separated by wax paper, stored on a plate, covered really well with plastic wrap and refrigerated.

  25. Jennifer B

    5 stars
    I finally tried these this weekend and oh my!, they were delish. I even made more tonight for lunches this week. It is HOT down here in TX and anything I can do to lessen the time daily in the kitchen is the best.

  26. Sarah Thomas

    5 stars
    These look amazing! I’ve been thinking about trying this recipe since you posted it- can’t wait to make them this summer!

  27. Dana M

    Plan on trying this recipe in hopes of converting my 10 year old from a hamburger lover into a turkey burger lover! Thanks!

  28. Carmen

    5 stars
    Can I just say that I actually enjoyed reading your commentary surrounding this recipe! You’re a hoot!! 🙂
    Trying these tonight for my keto fiance, sans bunz!

  29. Roberta Woolmer

    Silly question, do you think margarine would work? My husband is lactose intolerant. Milk, when cooked, is okay, but not sure about the butter.