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Turkey Burger Recipe

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4


These healthy Turkey Burgers are quick, simple, and full of flavor. They stay moist, won't fall apart on the grill, and packed with flavor.

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  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2 teaspoons Montreal Steak Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup onion, minced
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 large egg, well beaten

Optional for serving:

  • 4 burgers buns
  • lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, cheese
  • ketchup, mustard
  • anything else you like on a burger


  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper that has been cut into 4 pieces (you need 4 pieces of parchment paper that are large enough to hold a burger patty, about 6x6 inches.
  2. In a medium bowl add the ground turkey, Montreal Steak Seasoning, smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt, onions, bread crumbs, and beaten egg.
  3. Gently stir the mixture just until everything is combine.
  4. Divide the mixture into 4 even pieces and set them on the prepared baking sheet, one piece on each piece of parchment paper. We aren't making patties at this point, just blobs of the meat mixture on the tray.
  5. Place the baking sheet in the fridge and chill for 30 minutes (this will help everything stick together!).
  6. After the chilling time remove the pan from the oven. Lightly spray the top of the meat blobs with cooking spray or brush lightly with a light oil (like vegetable or avocado oil).
  7. Use your hands to gently pat the meat mixture into a patty that is about 4 inches across and 1/2 inch thick. Add a little more oil as needed.
  8. Preheat your grill or a large nonstick (or cast iron) skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Lightly oil your grill or skillet.
  9. Remove your patty from the parchment paper by picking up the paper, placing the patty side down on your cooking surface, and then peeling the parchment paper off the top.
  10. Cook on one side for 5-6 minutes and then flip and cook for another 5-6 minutes. Cook until the center of the patty reaches 165 degrees F on an instant read thermometer. I LOVE using a thermometer when cooking turkey burgers because it assures you aren't over cooking them and they stay moist! Highly recommend.
  11. Remove the burgers from the grill or skillet and serve as you would your favorite hamburger. You can serve them on a bun with all your favorite topping and condiments. They are also great in a lettuce wrap.


  • You can use homemade bread crumbs if you have them (I just pulse the tail ends of bread in my food processor when they are getting old, great way to use odds and ends of loaves). You can also use store bought plain bread crumbs or panko bread crumbs.
  • I like to beat the egg well before adding it, it seems to incorporate better and I don't over mix the meat trying to get it worked in.
  • The onion needs to be cut finer than a chop, so cut it up small! Large pieces of onion encourage your patty to fall apart while cooking.
  • Turkey can be really sticky and hard to work with. My parchment paper and cooking spray trick is my best hack at making ground turkey easier to work with!
  • If you are gluten free I have had good luck using ground up oats (oat flour) in place of the bread crumbs (just throw some oats in the blender, process until flour, and then measure out what you need!).
  • Prep Time: 45 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Category: main dish
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: American

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