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Grilled Ground Turkey Burgers

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


6 servings

Updated: Nov. 02, 2022
These juicy, tender patties on whole wheat buns make a wholesome, satisfying sandwich. We especially like to grill this turkey burger recipe, but you could also pan-fry them. —Sherry Hulsman, Elkton, Florida


  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup soft whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/4 pounds lean ground turkey
  • 6 whole wheat hamburger buns, split


  1. In a small bowl, combine the egg, bread crumbs, celery, onion, parsley, Worcestershire sauce and seasonings. Crumble turkey into bowl and mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into 6 patties.
  2. On a greased grill, cook, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 5-6 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 165° and juices run clear. Serve on buns.

Grilled Ground Turkey Burgers Tips

Are turkey burgers better for you than ground beef burgers?

Lean ground turkey is slightly lower in calories and saturated fat than lean ground beef, but is also slightly lower in protein. To drop even more calories and fat, consider using all-breast ground turkey meat.

Do turkey burgers cook faster than beef burgers?

Ground turkey meat is lower in fat than ground beef and because of this you have to keep your eyes on them while cooking! Overcooked turkey burgers will be dry and flavorless. Pull the burgers as soon as a thermometer reads 165° and juices run clear.

How do you keep turkey burgers from falling apart?

The secret to a well-grilled burger that won't fall apart while cooking is a great binder in the patty mixture. The egg and the bread crumbs in this recipe will help bind the ground turkey and the mix-ins together so the patty will stay together much more easily.

Research contributed by Maggie Knoebel, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant

Nutrition Facts

1 burger: 293 calories, 11g fat (3g saturated fat), 110mg cholesterol, 561mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 4g fiber), 22g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch.