Actually Juicy Turkey Burger Recipe

Turkey burgers are a famed favorite for being slightly healthier than their meaty beef cousins and are especially popular around autumn when turkey is on everyone's minds. A lean meat, turkey burgers also have a reputation for being dry and chewy, an accident often crafted by beef-friendly cooks. Turkey isn't as foolproof as beef. To ensure a juicy patty, load up the meat with moisture-rich condiments and bake or sear until just cooked through. And don't skip the seasonings, either: turkey needs a little bit of herby love to really shine.

In this recipe, developer Michelle McGlinn uses mayonnaise, Worcestershire, and creamy goat milk to add moisture to the meat, then offers suggestions for both baking and searing the patties. Not familiar with goat milk? It might just be your new favorite dairy beverage, as it's creamier, denser, and richer than the typical cow's milk and pairs perfectly with lean turkey. Read on below for the best turkey burger recipe, which can be paired with our suggested toppings or make it your own with all of your favorite burger toppings.

Gather your turkey burger ingredients

Besides ground turkey, you'll need about half a shallot and a couple cloves of garlic to get started. If you don't have a microplane to grate the aromatics with, just mince the two instead. Season the turkey with warming allspice and thyme, then add the moistening ingredients. For a really juicy, flavorful turkey burger, use a little bit of mayonnaise, a few dashes of Worcestershire, and a splash of goat milk. The goat milk will soak into the breadcrumbs and moisten the meat, making a juicy burger everytime. While thick and creamy goat milk tastes especially good with turkey, you can swap for regular dairy or oat milk instead. If you don't have mayonnaise on hand, swap for an egg yolk. And don't forget the breadcrumbs, or the burgers will be too juicy and the milk will seep out while cooking.

Form the patties

Grate the shallot and garlic into the ground turkey for a smooth texture and strong flavor. Add the seasonings, Worcestershire, mayonnaise, breadcrumbs, and milk and mix together using your hands. Once combined, split the meat mixture into four sections, then form each section into ½-inch thick ovals. If baking, place on a foil-lined baking sheet. If pan-searing, set aside on a parchment-lined plate.

Bake the burger patties

You can bake or pan-sear these burgers, and either way is delicious. If baking, add the burgers to the preheated oven and bake until cooked through, about 20 minutes. Take the burgers out of the oven when their internal temperature registers between 155 F and 160 F. The patties will continue cooking slightly when removed from the heat, so a little earlier is better.

Or, cook the burgers on the stove

While baking the burgers allows for more hands-off time, searing the patties is just as quick and yields a juicy burger with a flavorful, crispy, browned exterior. Best seared in a cast iron skillet, heat the pan over medium heat with a thin layer of oil. Once hot, add the patties, working in batches as needed. Deeply brown on each side, about 5 minutes per side. Since turkey has to be cooked through, unlike beef, ensure the heat is low enough to cook the burger without burning the exterior.

Top the burgers and serve

This recipe includes toppings for a classic feta and arugula turkey burger. The feta is salty and just slightly melty, and the arugula is peppery and fresh. If you don't love feta, try pepperjack, spreadable goat cheese, or even warmed brie. If arugula isn't your thing, try spinach or sprouts.

Top up the turkey burger with your favorite toppings or try our recommendation, then finish off with toasted brioche buns. We love to pair our turkey burgers with sweet potato fries, broccoli and Brussels sprout salads, or fluffy baked potatoes. If you have leftovers, store patties in an airtight container and reheat in the microwave until warmed through.

Actually Juicy Turkey Burger Recipe
5 from 39 ratings
It's quite easy to make dry turkey burgers, but with this actually juicy turkey burger recipe, you'll never have to worry about that!
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stacked turkey burgers
Total time: 20 minutes
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2 tablespoons grated shallot
  • 1 tablespoon grated garlic
  • 1 tablespoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup goat milk
  • ¼ cup breadcrumbs
  • 5 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 4 burger buns, toasted, for serving
Optional Ingredients
  • ¼ cup oil, for cooking stovetop
  • Arugula, for topping
  • Feta cheese, for topping
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the turkey, shallot, garlic, seasonings, milk, breadcrumbs, Worcestershire sauce, and mayonnaise. Mix until well combined.
  3. Form the mixture into ½-inch thick patties and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, or until internal temperature is between 155-160 F.
  4. If cooking on the stovetop, heat a thin layer of oil in a skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add patties, working in batches as needed. Cook until deeply browned on each side, about 10 minutes total.
  5. Once cooked, place patty on arugula-lined bun and top with feta cheese, or serve as desired.
Calories per Serving 356
Total Fat 14.1 g
Saturated Fat 3.6 g
Trans Fat 0.1 g
Cholesterol 81.3 mg
Total Carbohydrates 28.8 g
Dietary Fiber 1.6 g
Total Sugars 4.3 g
Sodium 442.1 mg
Protein 28.2 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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