This is the best Turkey Burger Recipe with 5 simple ingredients. These burgers are juicy, flavorful and healthy!

We also love these spinach feta turkey burgers and Greek turkey burgers!

Three turkey burgers on a plate topped with guacamole, salsa and cheese.

I might be biased but I think this is the best turkey burger recipe on the web! I first posted this recipe in 2014 and it has been a reader favorite since then. We love it too because how easy it is!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Easy recipe: Forget about all those unnecessary fillers! No egg, breadcrumbs or exotic sauces.
  • Cook as you like: Grill, bake, pan fry or even cook in air fryer!
  • Juicy burgers: Thanks to my low fat secret ingredient.

Ingredients for Turkey Burgers

You only need 5 simple ingredients to make this recipe.

Ground turkey, zucchini, garlic, cumin, salt and pepper.
  • Ground turkey: It can be any fat %. I usually buy extra lean ground turkey but lean turkey will work as well.
  • Grated zucchini: To grate zucchini, I recommend to use medium size holes of a box grater so squash doesn’t become a puree or appear in big shreds.
  • 1 garlic clove: You can use 1-2 teaspoons garlic powder but fresh garlic is better, more flavor.
  • Cumin: Adds a nice punch of flavor to otherwise bland turkey meat.
  • Salt and pepper: For flavor and taste.

Recipe Tip

I tried to make turkey burgers with oil instead of zucchini and it came out dry. So, it is the key ingredient, don’t skip.

How to Make Turkey Burgers

Step by step process how to make turkey burgers.
  • Combine turkey and zucchini: Simply add ground turkey meat to a large mixing bowl and add grated zucchini. Yes! That’s my “secret ingredient”. It keeps the patties moist and flavorful.
  • Add seasonings: Add one minced garlic clove, cumin, salt and pepper. That’s it! Mix well. Shape mixture into burger patties.
  • To cook on the stove: Add oil to the skillet to prevent sticking and brown burgers on both sides in a hot pan for 8-10 minutes, flipping only once halfway through cooking time.
  • To grill burgers: Freeze burgers for 10 minutes prior, it helps to hold their shape. Spray both grill and patties with cooking spray and grill for about 8 minutes for well done.
  • To bake: Place turkey patties on lined baking sheet and bake in the oven at 375 F for 25-30 minutes. You will have to sear them on a hot pan for 2 minutes on each side, or possibly broil.

Tips for Best Results

  • To grate zucchini use medium size grater holes. Not the large ones and not the ones that makes a complete mush. This way turkey burgers are right amount of juicy.
  • Shape patties a bit wider than the bun since they shrink during cooking.
  • When grilling: Make sure the temperature of your barbecue reaches 285 degrees F before placing your patties on the grill, so they won’t stick.
  • Don’t use a panini press grill as it presses all the juices out of burgers. Indoor one sided grill, grill skillet, or skillet is fine.
  • Flip burgers only once during cooking.
  • Prepare all the toppings and hamburger buns before cooking the burgers.
Buns, veggies, ketchup and mustard for turkey burger toppings.


Let everyone build their own burger traditionally on a bun with Boston or Bibb lettuce, tomato slices, red onion rings, dill pickle slices, mustard, mayo and ketchup.

Or make it bun-less by wrapping in lettuce leaves or on top of a leafy green salad like lettuce salad or arugula feta salad.

Whether you grill, pan fry or bake your turkey burgers, the pairings will remain the same. Here are some of my favorite side dishes:

How to Store and Freeze

You can make these burgers ahead of time and get dinner on the table even faster. I recommend to make a big batch and freeze them for days when you’re extra rushed or when unexpected company comes calling.

  • Fridge: These patties keep well overnight in the refrigerator.
  • Freezer: Arrange raw turkey patties on a parchment covered baking pan, freeze, then place in storage containers. Cooking from frozen using preferred method and adding 5 minutes cook time.


Are turkey burgers healthier than beef?

When we compare a ground beef burger patty to ground turkey patty, beef has 500 calories vs. 87 calories, 32 grams of fat vs. 2 grams, and 18 grams of protein vs. 27 grams respectively. So turkey is a healthier and leaner choice!

How to keep turkey burgers from falling apart?

I have never had an issue with these burgers falling apart. If you are experiencing this though, remember to do not excessively flip them whether you are pan frying, grilling, or baking. Do not peek under them. Just flip once!

Use quality tools. Make sure your skillet is truly non-stick and grill grates are cleaned and well oiled. Use good, not worn out spatula to flip the burgers. Metal spatula for the grill and silicone spatula for the skillet work the best.

At what temperature are these burgers done?

When the internal temperature reaches 165 F, your burger is done. The best way to ensure doneness is to insert a meat thermometer in the center of the patty.

How to make ground turkey look more like ground beef?

To make turkey look more like ground beef add 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce. Its dark color not only will make turkey burgers look like beef burgers, but also taste will be closer to ground beef. You can also use soy sauce or liquid smoke instead.

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Turkey burger on a bun with toppings.
Healthy turkey burgers topped with guac and salsa.

Turkey Burger Recipe

Juicy, flavorful and healthy Turkey Burger Recipe made with 5 simple ingredients and ready in 15 minutes. Pan fry, grill or bake.
4.98 from 123 votes
Servings 6 burgers
Calories 92
Diet Gluten Free
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes



  • In large mixing bowl, add ground turkey, zucchini, garlic, cumin, salt and pepper. Using your hands, mix well.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 (easy guacamole recipe) and store-bought salsa. Or on a bed of greens.



  • 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.


Serving: 1burger | Calories: 92kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 235mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: North American
Author: Olena Osipov
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  1. 5 stars
    Two thumbs up. As a bbq pit master I struggled with turkey burgers as they don’t compare to taste as a nice 97% beef burger….until, I found this recipe. I made 4, 1/3 lbs and 1 1/4 lb pound with this recipe total. I have never, ever, had a better experience with a turkey patty until using this recipe and will be using this now on my journey. Thank you for sharing.

  2. 5 stars
    Thank you for sharing! I didn’t have zucchini so cut up some yellow bell pepper, half , and boy did it hit the spot! With toasted buns! Thanks again👍

  3. 5 stars
    I love these turkey burgers. They are so moist and the cumin gives them great flavor. The fact that you can get a decent sized burger out of 2 oz. of turkey is amazing.

  4. I plan on making these, but I do have one question. Is oil used at oil. I plan on using griddle pan. also, when using a griddle, should I also freeze for ten minutes to them to hold their shape?

    1. Yes, especially for griddle pan is important to freeze and flip carefully. I am not sure I understand the Q about oil. 🙂 You can use any oil you use for frying. Have to use oil. Hope I covered it haha.

  5. 5 stars
    This burger was AMAZING! I’ve tried other turkey burgers and they don’t even come close to this. My husband eats alot of red meat and I’m trying to find alternatives this was perfect!!

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