Turkey Burgers

Our favorite Turkey Burgers combine sauteed red onions, garlic, and herbs for a flavorful and healthier substitute for hamburgers.

turkey burgers on a plate with corn on the cob

I wanted to make sure I got this recipe posted while there’s still plenty of grilling time left this summer. I first made these turkey burgers a year ago, and we thought they were fantastic! The photo I took was very poor, but I have since made them many times and managed to get a semi-decent shot of them.

Since I don’t eat red meat, turkey burgers are a must in our house, and this is my go-to recipe. We love the spices in these burgers, and the cooked red onions really add some moisture and a great flavor.

Recipe Substitutions and Modifications

This recipe is easily adjustable to your specific tastes. For example, my mom has a strong aversion to rosemary, so when I’ve made them for her, I just leave that out. If you or a family member don’t like onions, you can leave those out and just use the herbs and seasoning. I do this for my two youngest kids, who can find an onion like a needle in a haystack.

Do I use Fresh or Dried Herbs?

The original recipe calls for fresh herbs. I often use dried herbs in these burgers, especially when I don’t have any fresh herbs growing or on hand from other recipes. They can be expensive at the store! I’ve included the amounts of both fresh or dried herbs in the recipe.

Can I scale up the Recipe?

The original recipe calls for 2 pounds of ground turkey and makes 8 burgers. I often found myself cutting the recipe in half to use 1 pound of turkey and make only 4 burgers, so I adjusted the recipe to reflect that.

Occasionally, I’ve doubled this recipe to make extra raw patties to freeze individually. I wrap them in plastic wrap and store them in a labeled freezer bag. I recommend letting them thaw for a bit in the fridge before throwing them on the grill. This has worked well for me.

Can I cook the turkey burgers on the stove?

These burgers are certainly not a summer only meal! They taste great made in pan on the stove. I’ve made them both in a flat skillet and on a grill pan. You could bake the burgers in the oven if you prefer, but you won’t get a nice “crust” on the outside.

Gluten Free Turkey Burgers

This recipe is naturally gluten free. Serve them without buns or with gluten free hamburger buns.

Looking for More Burgers?

Check out these other chicken and turkey burger recipes:
Chicken Parmesan Burgers
Guacamole Turkey Burgers
Pepper Jack Stuffed Turkey Burgers

Sides to go on or with your burger:
Onion Strings
Garlic Parmesan Oven Fries
Parmesan Potatoes
Crash Hot Potatoes
Potatoes and Onions

turkey burgers

Turkey Burgers

Not your average turkey burger, these burgers are seasoned with cooked onions, garlic, and herbs for a delicious alternative to traditional hamburgers.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 burgers


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (divided)
  • 2 tablespoons red onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (or 1/2 tablespoon dried)
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced fresh sage (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves (or 1/4 teaspoon dried)


  • Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook about 1 minutes longer. Remove from the heat and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Allow to cool.
  • Add the ground turkey, salt, pepper, herbs, and remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the bowl containing the cooled onion mixture. Mix well to blend. Divide into 4 equal portions and form into patties.
  • Grill on lightly oiled grates of a gas or charcoal grill, or cook the burgers in a pan brushed with olive oil.


Source: Adapted from Annie’s Eats
You’re Gonna Bake It After All
Keyword main dish, turkey

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