The Best Turkey Burger recipe for hectic weeknights.

This is the best turkey burger recipe we have ever created, it is flavorful and moist with TONS of flavor! It hits the spot every time we make it whether we top it with traditional burger toppings or take a walk on the wild side and sauce our turkey burgers with our favorite Blueberry BBQ Sauce!

Showcasing our turkey burger recipe on a bun with fresh spinach, red onion, and jalapeño jack cheese

The best turkey burger recipe has to be moist and tender!

The #1 complaint about turkey burgers is that they are dry, like hockey pucks. This turkey burger recipe changes all that thanks to a touch of milk and eggs in the mix.

  • Add eggs to the turkey burger mixture. This not only helps to bind the meat, but will also help to keep it moist and tender!
  • Throw some milk in the mix! Seriously, a tablespoon will do it, but the milk helps to keep the meat moist and tender during the cooking process.
  • Do not overcook. Turkey burgers are neon for being dry, and a big part of this has to do with overcooking. Use a meat thermometer to check your burgers. Once they hit 165°F internally, pull them off the heat.
  • Eat ’em while they are hot. Ever hear of the term hot & juicy? Cold turkey burgers are dry turkey burgers – just walk away from them. WALK AWAY!
  • Sauce ’em! When all else fails add an epic sauce to your turkey burgers when you serve them. The Blueberry BBQ Sauce recipe that I recently created for California Grown is honestly our new favorite turkey burger topper!
Our turkey burger recipe showcased on a bun with spinach, red onion, and jalapeño jack cheese. There is Blueberry Jalapeño Sauce dripping down the turkey burger.

Not all ground turkey is great for turkey burgers…

Trust me when I say that not all ground turkey is created equal! Seriously, some of it is more moist, some of it is more dry. Typically the leaner the turkey, the ‘drier’ it is. So, for ease, use a leaner ground turkey.

If you make this recipe and find yourself with turkey meat that is on the wetter side, 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 10 – 15 minute freeze before cooking.

Our juicer turkey burger recipe covered in a slice of melted jalapeño jack cheese net to a side of oven roasted potatoes.

Can I Make the Patties Ahead of Time?

You sure can! One of the things that makes this the best turkey burger recipe is that the patties can be made ahead of time. 

  1. Into a large bowl, add in lean ground turkey, egg, jalapeño, scallions, cilantro, garlic, salt, and pepper.
  2. Mix until everything is incorporated, then divide into 4 equal patties.

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

What do you eat with Turkey Burgers?

Here are a few of our favorite side dish recipes to serve alongside juicy turkey burgers!

A bowl of crispy oven roasted potatoes with chimmichuri

Easy Oven Roasted Potatoes

This 5-ingredient recipe requires very little hands on time and almost effortlessly creates potatoes that are ultra crispy on the outside and smooth and silky on the inside!

Simple Tomato and Avocado Salad recipe || Summers best tomatoes shine in this dish with just a hint of seasonings. || #VirtualMidsummerPotluck4Peace #vegan #glutenfree

Simple Tomato and Avocado Salad

Summers best tomatoes shine in this dish with buttery avocado slices and just a hint of seasonings.

A woman holding a halved, roasted sweet potato with tongs towards the camera. The bottom of the sweet potato is caramelized from roasting in the butter

Perfect Roasted Sweet Potato

Nothing quite hits the spot like a perfect roosted sweet potato. Tender & sweet, oven roasted sweet potatoes are the perfect canvas for all sorts of toppings!

A jar of blueberry jalapeño sauce next to fresh blueberries and a jar of honey.

Blueberry Jalapeño BBQ Sauce

I created this recipe for California Grown and it is hands down the most delicious turkey burger topper we have ever tried! Both grown ups and kids will love the blueberry undertones of this BBQ sauce and will love the subtle kick of heat and smokiness that comes along with it.

If you’ve made our Easy Turkey Burger recipe I would be so grateful if you would rate the recipe and let me know what you think in the comments below!

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Our turkey burger recipe showcased on a bun with spinach, red onion, and jalapeño jack cheese. There is Blueberry Jalapeño Sauce dripping down the turkey burger.

Juicy Turkey Burgers

  • Author: This Mess is Ours
  • Prep Time: 8 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 patties 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free


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1 pound lean ground turkey 93/7

1 tablespoon milk

1 large egg, slightly beaten

2 scallions, light and dark green parts only, finely chopped

1 tablespoon minced jalapeno

1 tablespoon minced cilantro

1 medium sized clove garlic, grated

salt and black pepper to taste

2 tablespoons olive oil for pan

1/2 teaspoon butter for each patty, optional


To make the turkey patties 

Gently combine the turkey, milk, egg, scallions, jalapeño, cilantro, and garlic in a mixing bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Do not over work the ingredients, just lightly mix until they are combined. Divide the turkey mixture into 4 equal sized patties, flatten gently then set aside. 

Heat the pan over medium heat and add the olive oil. Sear the turkey burgers well in the skillet for 5-6 minutes per side or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F. A good sear ensures that the turkey burgers will be crispy on the outside and soft and juicy on the inside.  When the patties have reached the proper temperature, remove them from the skillet. Place a small pat of butter on top of each turkey burger so that it melts into the meat then set the burgers aside. 

How to serve turkey burgers

Serve these turkey burgers just like you would a traditional burger or top with our spicy blueberry jalapeño bbq sauce.


Need to make more turkey burgers?

This recipe can be doubled or tripled easily.

To freeze turkey patties:

Freeze the cooked patties in a single layer then once frozen, place the patties in freezer bags. Precooked turkey burger patties can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. To prepare, transfer the desired amount of frozen turkey burger patties to the refrigerator overnight to thaw before reheating in the microwave or quickly pan frying in a skillet.



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