Grilled Ground Turkey Burgers

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


6 servings

Updated: Dec. 05, 2023
These juicy, tender patties on whole wheat buns make a wholesome, satisfying sandwich. We especially like to make grilled turkey burgers, 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 Turkey Burgers Tips

How can you make sure grilled turkey burgers are juicy?

If you want to know how to make your burgers taste better, one key factor is making sure they stay juicy. First, don't overwork the meat—mix the ingredients lightly and shape the patties gently. After you place the patties on the grill, top each one with an ice cube. It will create steam as it melts, which helps lock in moisture. While they are cooking, just let them be. Don't press them with a spatula or turn them continuously. Lastly, cook them just until a thermometer reads 165°.

How do you keep turkey burgers from falling apart?

The secret to a well-grilled turkey 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, so the patty will stay together much more easily.

What other toppings can you put on grilled turkey burgers?

The sky is the limit when it comes to topping these grilled turkey burgers. Classic toppings include ketchup, mustard, pickles, onion, lettuce and tomato, but we have a long list of crazy-delicious burger toppings, spanning pickled red onions to Memphis barbecue sauce for you to try.

What do you serve with grilled turkey burgers?

French fries are always great with a burger, but there are so many more side dishes for hamburgers besides fries. Some other favorites are crunchy coleslaws, hearty potato salads and creamy macaroni salad recipes.

Can you make turkey burgers in advance?

These turkey burgers can be shaped in advance and frozen, uncooked, on a parchment-lined sheet pan (a perfect make-ahead if you're putting together recipes for your Fourth of July barbecue!). Once frozen, transfer the patties to an airtight container and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. They can be grilled right from frozen, adding a bit more time to reach 165°. Store leftover grilled turkey burgers in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.

Peggy Woodward, Taste of Home Senior Food Editor, and Maggie Knoebel, Taste of Home Associate Recipe Editor/Tester

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.