by Olena

Healthy Turkey Burgers (Video)

by Olena

5 from 8 reviews

Healthy Turkey Burgers with 5 simple ingredients. 3 easy steps and dinner is ready. They’re low fat and gluten free. And one secret ingredient holds it all together and makes for more healthy, juicy and flavourful burger.

Serve traditionally on a whole grain bun with corn on the cob or with parsnip fries. Or “naked” over simple lettuce salad. Yum!

healthy turkey burgers with guacamole and salsa

Juicy Healthy Turkey Burger Recipe

I just gave the classic turkey burger an epic makeover.

What’s better about my healthy turkey burger recipe? Forget about all those unnecessary fillers like egg, breadcrumbs and exotic sauces. Only 5 simple ingredients are all you need for a sumptuously moist, smack-your-lips turkey burger! Now you can sink your teeth into the real taste of turkey.

5 Simple Ingredients

Ground turkey + grated zucchini + 1 garlic clove + cumin + salt and pepper = the best turkey burger recipe you’ll find anywhere.

I tried to make turkey burgers with oil instead of zucchini and it came out dry. So, zucchini is key. And just simple seasonings. I believe you don’t need Worcestershire sauce here.

ground turkey, zucchini, cumin, garlic are ingredients to make turkey burgers

How to Make Turkey Zucchini Burgers

You can make my homemade turkey burger recipe in minutes. It’s extra fast and easy!

Simply add ground turkey to a medium-size bowl and add grated zucchini. Yes! That’s my “secret ingredient”. It keeps the patties moist, flavourful, and zucchini is a superfood, loaded with nutritional benefits.

Add one chopped garlic clove, cumin, salt and pepper. That’s it! Mix well. Shape into patties.

Brown patties on both sides in a hot pan – about 8 to 10 mins. Dinner’s ready!

healthy turkey burger recipe ingredients in a bowl

Can I Make Patties in Advance?

Yes, you can make burgers ahead of time and get dinner on the table even faster.

These patties keep well overnight in the fridge.

Make a big batch and freeze them for days when you’re extra rushed or when unexpected company comes calling. Arrange patties on a parchment-covered baking pan, freeze, then place in storage containers.

easy turkey burger patty in a hand

How Long to Cook Turkey Burgers on the Stove

They cook fast. Brown patties on both sides, with a little olive oil in a hot pan. About 8 to 10 mins total time. Dinner’s ready.

fried turkey burger

How Long to Grill Turkey Burgers

Love the look of those sizzling hot grill marks? Not only grilled burgers look more appetizing, but darker grill marks also give more flavour to the meat. No wonder grilling is so popular!

Tip: If grilling, freeze burgers for 10 minutes prior. Helps to hold their shape.

Make sure the temperature of your barbecue reaches 285 degrees F before placing your patties on the grill, so they won’t stick. Grill about 8 minutes for well done.

Healthy Sides and Toppings

Turkey with all the trimmings.

Let everyone build their own burger. Offer lots of tasty toppings to pile on the basic burgers.

  • Fresh greens like Boston or bibb lettuce.
  • Thickly sliced large size tomatoes.
  • Fresh red onion rings.
  • Dill pickle slices.
  • Dijon or regular mustard.
  • Your favorite cheese.
  • Hot sauce and ketchup.

buns, veggies, ketchup and mustard for turkey burger fixins

Theme ideas:

  • Go Hawaiian with pineapple rings.
  • Go Italian with tomato sauce, grilled peppers and Parmesan cheese.
  • Go Mexican with guacamole and salsa.
  • Go Greek with tzatziki and feta cheese.

It’s a party on your plate!

healthy turkey burger recipe

Side Dishes that Go Well with Burgers

Tips for Best Turkey Burgers

  1. To grate zucchini, use medium size grater holes. Not the large ones and not the ones that makes a complete mush. This way burgers are right amount juicy.
  2. Shape patties a bit wider than the bun since they shrink during cooking.
  3. If grilling, freeze burgers for 10 minutes prior.
  4. I do not recommend to use a panini press grill as it presses all the juices out of burgers. Indoor one sided grill or grill skillet is fine.
  5. Flip burgers only once during cooking.
  6. Prepare all the toppings and buns before cooking the burgers.

the best juicy turkey burger served on a bed of greens

Are They More Healthy than Beef?

What makes a turkey burger healthy? Um, are you sure you are ready for this mind blowing info?

Beef vs. turkey.

  • Calories: 500 vs. 87.
  • Fat: 32 vs. 2 grams.
  • Protein: 18 vs. 27 grams.

Turkey is packed with high protein to help build strong, healthy muscles. It gives you a boost with energizing iron and builds up your body with immune-strengthening zinc.

Turkey is bursting with vitamin B12 to keep your nervous system – your body’s electrical wiring – working well.

Obviously, poultry is more healthy choice when it comes to a burger. And that’s what we cook at home. However,  I would be lying if I said me and Alex didn’t stop at Johnny Rockets for their burger while in LA last month.:)

Watch How to Make Turkey Burgers

Hope these healthy turkey burgers will become your new favorite and you enjoyed the video. Please let me know in comments what other recipes would you like to watch us make. And don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube Channel for weekly cooking videos!

More Great Burger Recipes


Healthy Turkey Burgers

5 from 8 reviews

This is the Best Juicy Turkey Burger Recipe with 5 simple ingredients. Grilled or fried, you will be blown away by it!

  • Author: Olena of
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 burgers 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove or Grill
  • Cuisine: North American


  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 1 1/2 cups finely shredded zucchini (about 1 medium)
  • 1 large garlic clove, grated
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper


  1. In large mixing bowl, add ground turkey, zucchini, garlic, cumin, salt and pepper. Using your hands, mix well.
  2. Form 6 large turkey burger patties about a size of a medium hand. Flatten them as burgers “jump up” while cooking. Use wet hands to help with stickiness issue. I usually form patties as I am waiting for skillet to get hot and as I go.
  3. Stovetop: Preheat medium ceramic non-stick skillet on low-medium heat. It’s important to cook turkey burgers low and slow so they get cooked through and do not fall apart (they won’t). Add about 1.5 tbsp of oil to the skillet and swirl around. Place 3 patties in the skillet and cook for 5 minutes per side, flipping once. Repeat with remaining oil and burgers.
  4. Grill: If grilling, freeze burgers for 10 minutes prior. Helps to hold their shape. Preheat grill on medium and spray with cooking spray. Spray turkey patties on both sides with cooking spray, place on a grill and cook for 6-8 minutes flipping once. Grills vary, so check your burger for doneness by inserting a food thermometer into the center of the patty. You are looking for 165 degrees = done.
  5. Serve hot and right away is the best. Burgers are the most juicy this way. Serve traditional way on a whole grain or thin multigrain bun with all the fixins. Or serve “naked” with mashed avocado and store-bought salsa. Or on a bed of greens. Sky is the limit.

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days or freeze leftovers for up to 3 months.

Freeze: Lay patties on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, freeze completely and then transfer to a large Ziploc bag. Cook from frozen following recipe’s instructions + 5 minutes.


To grate zucchini, use medium size grater holes. Not the large ones and not the ones that makes a complete mush. This way burgers are right amount juicy.

I do not recommend to use a panini press grill as it presses all the juices out of burgers. Indoor one sided grill or grill skillet is fine.

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

olena osipov in the studio

Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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  1. I just tried these turkey burgers and they are great! They didn’t burn like my other burgers have and they’re moist and they brown beautifully! Love this recipe! Thank you!

  2. We loved these burgers at my house. I used ground beef because that’s what I had on hand. My son has been grilling up the frozen extras I made for a month. I can’t always think of what to make every day, your emails and website have made my life that little bit easier. Thanks!!!

  3. These are the absolute best burgers, so easy to make and really moist, a big hit. I have made multiple times already. A great change from hamburger.

  4. Made these last night and my husband is a big beef eater and he said he could hardly taste the difference. What’s nice is you can customize like you would any burger by adding cheese or onions or peppers etc. love it! So easy.

  5. Hi I put all ingredients in my calorie counter and I’m coming up with about 130 calories per burger? Am I doing something wrong because I really want these to be only 87 calories lol.

    1. Not sure why… Maybe different turkey. Mine was extra lean. It is very hard to calculate calories exactly for any food. Even our bodies can’t do it as well. We provide them for educational purposes and encourage not to count calories but rather eat whole foods until satisfied. So I’m not helpful with calories.:)

  6. Too bad I can’t get ground turkey in any of the stores near me. Since I really wanted to try these burgers I decided to make them with ground chicken. My girls had a regular store bought beef burger. My husband had a beef burger as well as a homemade chicken burger and he said the chicken burger was way more delicious than the beef burger. I only had the chicken burger and loved it. Great taste and very juicy! Thanks again for a delicious recipe.

  7. Amazing recipe!! So juicy and flavourful. Everything I have made from your site is so good and I love watching the videos.

  8. Great Recipe, the zuke makes all of the difference. Three tips to keep them from falling apart.

    1. A burger press: place a square of waxed paper beneath and on top of the meat before pressing. Press slow and steady until the meat just starts squeezing out of the sides.

    2. Refrigerate or freeze before cooking.

    3. Brush with olive oil..

  9. So tender and juicy. I do keto and the shredded zuchinni takes the place of a high carb binder usually used in burgers or meatloaf recipes.

  10. It was such a pleasure to stumble across your blog. Although I now live in the U.S., I was raised in Vancouver (and my heart’s still there).

    This burger is something my family would really enjoy. I often use grated zucchini in meatballs and my kids never know the difference.

    1. Thank you.:) I visited your blog numerous times and was sure you still live in Vancouver.:) It’s a special city!

    1. Aha. Store bought patties are like rubber if you ask me.:) With one exception – wild salmon burgers from Costco. Juicy and healthy.

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