You’ve probably seen recipes for turkey burgers that claim to be the best but have a million ingredients required. Thankfully you can make the best, juiciest, grilled turkey burgers using only 4 ingredients — and they come out perfect every time!
Why should I make burgers out of turkey instead of beef? There are a few reasons, actually. First and foremost are the benefits turkey has for your heart. Turkey meat is lower in saturated fat than beef and is therefore a better choice when watching your cholesterol. If you choose 99% fat-free turkey, you’ll cut your sodium intake by 1/3. Lowering both cholesterol and sodium intake are recommended for a healthy heart and blood pressure. Turkey also has fewer calories than beef, thus making it the clear choice if you’re watching your weight.
Does turkey taste different than ground beef? Yes, it definitely does. Turkey has a much milder taste than beef. Without the right spices, ground turkey may taste bland. In my recipe for Grilled Turkey Burgers, you’ll find just the right flavor combination to magnify the delicate essence of ground turkey meat.
Which type of ground turkey should I use? When making Turkey Burgers, use a ground turkey that includes some fat for best results. If you use the 99 % fat-free variety, you will miss out on some of ground turkey’s natural flavor.
How do you keep them turkey burgers from falling apart on the grill? Most recipes call for adding a binder, such as breadcrumbs or eggs, to the ground turkey meat. I prefer to leave out all of those extra ingredients. Instead, I ensure that my grill grates are well seasoned or oiled and I carefully transfer the burgers using a metal spatula. It takes some practice but once you get the hang of it, you can easily transfer the burgers from plate to grill and vice versa without them falling apart. Be sure to let them cook for a full 8 minutes on the first side — this will allow you to easily flip them for their additional cook time.
How to know when a turkey burger is done? Simple! Just use a food thermometer to ensure the internal temperature has reached 165 degrees F. There should be no pink color to the meat at all.
What’s the best way to finely chop the ingredients? I like to use my Ninja Mini Chopper or mini food processor to make easy work of chopping the red onion and jalapenos.
What should I serve with Grilled Turkey Burgers? Turkey Burgers are the ultimate barbecue and picnic food! Thanks to their mild flavor and low fat content, they wont leave you feeling sluggish after eating them on warm days and nights.
You can serve turkey burgers with so many different sides! Traditional sides included potato salad, coleslaw, or french fries. But, I like to mix it up (and get an extra serving of fruits & veggies for the day!) by serving one of my fresh homemade salsas to complete the meal. Pressed for time? You can accomplish the same goal by simply setting out some fresh veggies and fruit: broccoli, carrots, grape tomatoes, apple slices, strawberries, grapes, etc. (Psst! Those veggies taste amazing when dipped in my dairy-free Cilantro Lime Ranch dip or Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce.
Really, your choice of sides to serve with Turkey Burgers is limited only by your imagination. Get creative and have fun!
Give some of my favorite side dishes a try!
Fresh Mango Salsa or Corn Salsa
The Best Grilled Turkey Burgers
- 2 pounds ground turkey
- 2 small jalapeno peppers ribs and seeds removed
- 3 oz red onion
- 1 tablespoon jarred minced garlic
- lettuce onion, mayo and buns for serving
- Preheat grill to medium high heat (ensure grates seasoned well to prevent sticking)
- Finely dice the jalapeno and onion (I like to use my mini chopper to make this easy)
- In a large bowl mix turkey, peppers, onions and garlic gently with hands until combined
- Divide into 6 equal pieces and roll into balls
- Press flat, shaping the sides as you go into round burger patties about 3/4 inch thick
- Place on preheated grill for 8 minutes
- Flip and cook for 6-8 additional minutes until burgers are cooked through
For easy flipping, ensure grill grates are well seasoned or oiled.
Carefully transfer the burgers using a metal spatula.
Ensure internal temperature has reached 165 degrees F.
Use Ninja Mini Chopper or mini food processor for faster prep.