My Favorite Turkey Burgers

by Amy on 1 July 2014

Our Favorite Turkey Burgers
I’ll be the first to admit that turkey burgers didn’t used to be my favorite meal. I’d had one too many overcooked, underwhelming turkey burgers, and had nearly given up hope of finding a delicious version. But, a couple months ago, I decided to go on a search for the perfect turkey burger, as I sometimes want something lighter and leaner than a traditional beef burger. And after trying many different recipes, I’m happy to report that this one is truly amazing!

The combination of the cheese, mustard, scallions and garlic worked into the burger is wonderful, making for a moist, tender, cheesy, and slightly tangy patty. I make these burgers year ’round, cooking them indoors in a skillet during the colder months, and outside on the grill in the warmer weather. (I’ve included instructions for both cooking methods below). While these are flavorful enough to entice an adult palate, they’re mild enough to appeal to kiddos, too. My 1-year-old daughter adores this meal – I crumble her burger into toddler-sized, easy-to-grab pieces, and she gobbles ‘em down. One meal that the whole family can enjoy? Always a win!

Kiddo-approved turkey burgers!

My Favorite Turkey Burgers

makes 4 burgers, adapted from Martha Stewart


1 1/2 pounds ground turkey (93% lean)
1/2 cup finely grated cheddar cheese (gruyere would also be fantastic!)
4 scallions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup dried Italian breadcrumbs
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
1 garlic clove, minced
coarse salt and ground pepper


Heat grill to high. In a medium bowl, use a fork to gently combine ground turkey with cheese, scallions, breadcrumbs, mustard, and garlic; season generously with salt and pepper. Gently form mixture into four 1-inch-thick patties.

If cooking on the grill: Lightly oil grill. Place patties on hottest part of grill; sear until browned, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Move patties to cooler part of grill; continue grilling until cooked through, 5 to 10 minutes per side.

If cooking in a pan/skillet: Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan/skillet over medium-high heat until the oil begins to shimmer. Cook the burgers until golden brown on the first side, about 7 minutes. Flip over the burgers. Cook until golden brown and slightly charred on the second side, and cooked throughout, about 5-7 minutes more.

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1 alexandra July 1, 2014 at 7:30 am

The flavor profile sounds fantastic. The picture of Fearless Baby going in for a NOM doesn’t hurt, either. :)

2 amy July 1, 2014 at 8:51 am

It takes a lot to wow me with a turkey burger, but this one really is SO good!

3 Leah | So, How's It Taste? July 1, 2014 at 9:34 am

Digging that this burger has cheese in it! Win win! Love that shot of Fearless Baby. That burger is as big as she is!

4 Beth July 1, 2014 at 1:52 pm

There’s nothing better than a meal that appeals to the whole family. And how great that you finally found success with this recipe!

5 sarah k @ the pajama chef July 1, 2014 at 1:54 pm

mmm, sounds good. my husband makes the best turkey burgers- he uses garlic powder & worcestershire sauce in his… but i may have to try these next!

6 amy July 1, 2014 at 3:09 pm

Ooh, are those on your blog, Sarah? If so, I’d love to try them! And since Baby loves turkey burgers these days, I’d love make them for her, too!

7 Anna (Hidden Ponies) July 2, 2014 at 12:54 pm

Love the picture of her reaching for the whole burger :) These do sound like perfect turkey burgers! I have a caesar version we love too.

8 amy July 2, 2014 at 7:39 pm

Ooh, I’ll have to look up the Caesar version!

9 Kathryn July 3, 2014 at 3:40 am

I love a good turkey burger – it feels indulgent without too heavy and such perfect summer food. Can’t wait to try these Amy!

10 Choc Chip Uru July 3, 2014 at 5:20 am

Your burgers look so crisp and well made, you could easily give burger joints a run for their money 😀

Choc Chip Uru

11 Ami@NaiveCookCooks July 3, 2014 at 9:51 pm

These burgers look so delicious and juicy! That pic of your little baby – too cute!!

12 Jess @ July 4, 2014 at 7:02 am

These look delicious! Perfect for the BBQ season!

13 Luv What You Do July 4, 2014 at 3:36 pm

What a neat combo! We make turkey burgers a bunch here (usually with spinach and feta) and I am always interested in trying new options!

14 Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie July 4, 2014 at 7:11 pm

With all those great flavors in there I believe that this has to be the best kind of turkey burger!

15 Kumar's Kitchen July 6, 2014 at 9:58 am

such lovely,scrumptious flavors…and healthy burgers….a must try and definite going to be favorite at home,thanks :-)

16 Caitlin @ teaspoon July 6, 2014 at 2:38 pm

such a cute shot of your baby and burger :) sadly, they don’t sell turkey in switzerland! I guess I never realized how american it was until I moved! we do have ground chicken though, so maybe I can try it with that for a healthy burger alternative.

17 Krista Dial July 6, 2014 at 5:34 pm

These sound so delicious, Amy! I love the addition of the dijon mustard. Definitely a recipe I’m cooking up next week!

18 Kelly July 7, 2014 at 3:08 pm

These burgers look amazing! Love the flavors and so glad fearless baby loves them too :) Yay and hope she had an amazing first birthday, love that adorable pic of her here :)

19 Nano Cleansers November 6, 2014 at 7:02 am

Nice burgers, amazing photos

20 amy November 6, 2014 at 8:50 am

Thank you!

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