Juicy Turkey Burgers

When you want a juicy burger that is a little easier on your heart, a turkey burger is a good way to go! Turkey is lean and delicious! Making Turkey Burgers is super easy!

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Hamburgers originate from the Hamburg Steak. Hamburg Steak was a German dish where low grade beef was shredded and flavored with regional spices. It could be served either raw or cooked. The seaport town of Hamburg was teaming with sailors. The sailors brought the term “Hamburg Steak” into popular vernacular in Germany and in New York City in the United States. After a short while, New York City harbor eating stands began to serve “Hamburg-style Steak” to better attract German sailors, and the hamburger was born.

Burgers made with ground turkey are a healthier alternative to the traditional ground beef hamburger. Turkey is leaner and usually not as fatty as beef. Though because turkey is very lean sometimes it can end up being dry when cooked. I solved this problem when making my turkey burgers by giving the meat proper seasonings and letting it marinate. The best way to ensure that meat is juicy is by letting it marinate. Thus the seasonings and liquids can meld with the meat. I hope you enjoy this recipe!

Juicy Turkey Burgers Recipe

Yields: 4 servings

Specialty Tools: Food Scale and food thermometer

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Inactive Time: 60 minutes

Drink Pairing Suggestion: Lemonade

Beer Pairing Suggestion: Lager


1 pound ground turkey breast

2 tablespoons Worchester sauce

1 tablespoon steak seasoning

Pinch of black pepper

2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced

Serve with: buns, lettuce, onions, tomatoes and condiments


In a large bowl, mix together the ground turkey, Worchester sauce, steak seasoning, black pepper, and parsley. (You can use a wooden spoon, but using your hands is best to incorporate all the seasonings into the meat).

Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least an hour to let all the flavors meld together. The meat can marinate overnight if you like.

Divide the meat into four equal balls. Use a food scale to ensure the balls are of equal weight.

Shape the balls into 4-inch patties either with your hands or using a patty press.

Press a little dimple in the middle of each patty to help with the juices.

Either using a grill or a pan, heat your cooking device to medium heat. Cook the turkey patties for four minutes on each side. Make sure each side is browned.

Undercooked ground turkey can be unsafe to eat. Cook the turkey burgers to a safe 165 degrees F, use a food thermometer to ensure safe cooking.

Place on a bun and serve with lettuce, onions, tomatoes and desired condiments.

Your burger feeling lonely? Grilled Corn is a great side dish to turkey burgers!

Feeling adventurous? Add a Crispy Fried Green Tomato to the turkey burger for added crunch and flavor!

Want other burger recipes? Try my recipes for Juicy Hamburgers or Black Bean Mushroom Burgers!


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