It’s still summer and we’re still grilling.  I just can’t get enough!  I use ground turkey quite frequently as a healthier substitute for ground beef, but I’ll admit that have always preferred a classic beef hamburger to any turkey burger I’ve tried.  Finally a recipe for turkey burgers came along that actually tempted me enough to try them.  I’ll be darned if these weren’t some of the best burgers we’ve ever made!  In fact I enjoyed them so much they went right back onto the menu for the following week – always a sign of a winner.  Most recently I prepared a full batch of patties (8 total), wrapped half of them in plastic wrap and stored in the freezer for a quick dinner at a later date.  They came in handy this weekend when I needed a quick meal for my dad, who tends to think it isn’t food if it didn’t come off the grill.  I’ll be sure to have these around as a freezer staple in the future.  (And just so you know, these buns freeze amazingly well too.  I always keep some in the freezer.)


3 tbsp. olive oil, divided
1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 lbs. ground turkey
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. black pepper
¼ cup chopped parsley
1 tbsp. minced fresh rosemary
1 tbsp. minced fresh sage
2 tsp. fresh thyme leaves


  • 01

    Heat the coals of a grill to medium-high.  Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat.  Add the onion and sauté about 3 minutes.  Add the garlic and cook about 2 minutes longer, until the onion is tender.  Remove from the heat and transfer to a large mixing bowl; let cool.

  • 02

    Once the onion mixture has cooled, add the ground turkey, salt, pepper and herbs to the bowl.  Mix well so everything is evenly blended.  Mix in the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil.  Form the mixture into 8 equal sized patties.  When you are ready to grill, oil the grates of the grill with additional olive oil or vegetable oil.  Cook until evenly browned and cooked through, about 4-6 minutes per side.  Serve with toasted buns, lettuce, tomatoes, and condiments as desired.


  • Now that is a great looking burger!
    And I agree, those brioche buns are so light and delicious.

  • I always think that the key to a good turkey burger is to not confuse it with a beef burger. I always top with avocado slices and I never really put mustard or ketchup on there. These look delicious!

  • These look great! There is also a wonderful turkey burger recipe in a Cooking Light book called Way to Cook. They call for…wheat germ…yes, wheat germ…right in the patty, but it yields a very moist turkey burger. You might want to give it a try someday!

  • Turkey burgers are my go-to burger when I am out to eat. Love them. Looks delicious!

  • I love turkey burgers! I dont feel quite so guilty eating them! I use a similar recipe but I love that you sauteed the onions and garlic first. Ill have to try that.

  • I`ve made fish burgers recently, but yours are great too! :)

    Have a nice time!

  • Turkey burgers are great. I’ve been thinking the last week or so about making some myself.

  • This looks delicious. I am a big turkey burger fan. I always try to make mine with chopped up onions and mushrooms inside (just a thought for next time). It helps give the meat a lot of flavor.

  • Generally as long as it has been on the grill any burger is a friend of mine! Your turkey burgers look wonderful…..your addition of spices helps give turkey so much more flavor :)

  • Cooking Light this month did a special on ‘light’ burgers, and they added roasted eggplant to their turkey burger for flavor and moistness. I have to say, it was delicious! You should try that too! :)

  • I’ve never had a turkey burger :'( Your burger looks great, espacially paired with that bun!

  • Gen Hobart

    I’m excited to try these, as I’ve always had bad luck with ground turkey. I’m wondering though, what percentage of fat was your ground turkey? My store sells anywhere from 1% all the way to 16%. I have a feeling I’ve been buying ground turkey that’s too lean.

  • Annie

    Ours is from the local butcher shop, and they don’t give a percentage. The tablespoon of olive oil helps a lot though. You could add even more if needed.

  • made a satay chicken burger the other day and they melted right through the grates. no idea what i did wrong. picked up some ground turkey at the commissary the other day so will try yours. grazie!

  • I’m definitely going to have to try these. I have all those herbs in my garden.

  • Hi Annie! New blogger here! Always been a big fan of yours!! Btw that burger looks delicious!

  • Awesome turkey burger, awesome turkey burger and awesome turkey burger once again. Washed down with a cold coca-cola is perfect.

    Thanks for sharing your Summer food with us.

  • Great tip on freezing the patties. We do that too with our vac sealer and they really hold up well.

  • Dhara Dalal

    Made the burgers for friends and family and they were a HUGE hit! Super easy and very tasty. Thanks Annie!

  • Jenn

    These were great! We had them tonight and the best part is they are super quick for a last minute dinner! Once again, thank you!

  • That burger looks amazing! You should submit the recipe to the Recipe4Living Juiciest Burger Contest here!

  • andiepie

    I made these burgers tonight and they were a big hit! For the meat I decided to go halvsies using half ground breast meat and half ground thigh meat, which worked great! They were very juicy…everyone loved them (two of which thought they would never like a turkey burger). I also added a little dijon mustard and hot sauce. Great recipe!

  • Meggers

    Oh my I am stuffed… that was the best turkey burger!!Thanks for sharing!!

  • jennie

    If you freeze the patties, do you thaw them or just put them on the grill??

  • Annie

    We just put them on the grill.

  • Caroline

    Thank you for this recipe – I just made the turkey burgers and they were delicious! And really fast and easy. I added a juicy element by pairing them with sliced peaches and avocado. Thanks!

  • Karen

    These are amazing burgers! I’ve been cooking with ground turkey for some time now. Partly, because it’s healthier and partly because stand of cooking grease when you buy ground beef. yuck!
    I’ve never found a good recipe for turkey burgers until this one. They actually hold together :)
    Thanks Annie! Love your blog!

  • This is the best turkey burger recipe I’ve found so far. I’ve never been much of a fan, but these were really good. The second time, I finely chopped some mushrooms and sauteed them with the onions and garlic. I also added 2 tbsp of Worstechire. In the end, I think I’ve finally found my perfect turkey burgers! I would recommend making them ahead and freezing before cooking if you’re going to use the grill – mine just about fell through the grates fresh out of the mixing bowl. From the freezer, they grill perfectly. So good. Thanks for a great recipe, Annie.

  • Annie

    I like the idea of adding the mushrooms!

  • Connie

    Well, I finally realize why my turkey burgers are so dry. I never thought of adding olive oil. What a great idea! I love the fresh herbs idea and my husband may eat them with the cooked onions too. This is my first visit to your site. Love it!

  • Pam

    I adore turkey burgers. My family thinks I am nuts, but I prefer them over the standard red meat burger most of the time. This recipe sounds absolutely scrumptious and I think now I know what’s for dinner! Thanks.

  • Looks delicious! I’ve been looking for a good turkey burger recipe. I’ll be pinning this on Pinterest so I can share it and go back to it! Thanks for sharing!

  • I just made these tonight and they were amazing. Thanks for sharing a great recipe!

  • Andie

    I made these this evening for dinner. They were AMAZING! Even my husband, who doesn’t normally like turkey burgers, raved about them. I made cucumber raita and put some of that on the bun and also had sweet potato fries as a side. Perfection!

  • Hhuntdesigns

    I made these today and added a bit of Worchestire, corn and mushrooms and wow they were good. I also froze half & will be taking them on my yearly camping trip. Can’t wait! Thanks so much for this delicious recipe!

  • Cindy Rickes

    Thank you for the most delicious my go to recipe for turkey burgers. Sooooo good grilled!

  • Sandy Rogers

    Can you use dried herbs instead?

  • annieseats

    Please see the FAQ page regarding substitutions. Thanks!

  • sugar & succulents

    these are AMAZING. I make them frequently and recently added a link to my blog :)