Herbed Turkey Burger

These easy, flavorful turkey burgers can be cooked on the grill or stovetop. Fresh herbs, a bit of dark turkey meat, and a little olive oil keep them juicy.

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Parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme.

Long before I had any idea what those words meant, or what an herb even was, I was singing those syllables at the top of my lungs, as a kid in the '60s playing the vinyl record I bought with allowance money.

What these fine herbs were doing in the lyrics of an old English ballad, a lover's duet no less, I haven't a clue. But the result was, at least for this kid, a lifelong curiosity about them.

What was parsley, or sage? And why would they hang out with rosemary and thyme?

Tell you what. They're great in this turkey burger!

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Herbed Turkey Burger

The Secret to Juicy Turkey Burgers

Ground turkey is typically much leaner than ground beef. In order to keep the burger from being too dry it helps to use ground dark meat from thighs and legs if you can get it. Adding a little olive oil to the mix helps, too.

As for flavor, ground turkey on its own just isn't as flavorful as ground beef, even if you use ground dark meat as we recommend. But jazzed up with some chopped fresh herbs, a little onion, and garlic? The result is exquisite.

A turkey burger worthy of the name "burger."

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Cook on the Grill or Stovetop

You can cook these turkey burgers on either the grill or the stovetop. Make sure your grill or pan is very hot and well-oiled to prevent the burgers from sticking. For either grilling or stovetop cooking, cook the burgers for 5 to 6 minutes per side, until cooked through (165°F if using a meat thermometer).

Make Ahead and Freeze

Like most burgers, these turkey burgers freeze well. Shape them into patties, then wrap the raw patties in plastic wrap and freeze in a single layer on a plate or baking sheet in the freezer. Once solid, gather them into a freezer bag and freeze for up to three months.

Thaw overnight in the fridge, then cook as per the recipe.

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From the Editors Of Simply Recipes

Herbed Turkey Burger

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 8 burgers

Ground turkey is typically much leaner than ground beef. In order to keep the burger from being too dry it helps to use ground dark meat from thighs and legs if you can get it. Adding a little olive oil to the mix helps, too.

Ingredients

For the burgers

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 medium red onion, minced

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 pounds ground turkey meat (preferably dark meat)

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1/2 cup loosely packed chopped parsley

  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary

  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh sage

  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme

To serve:

  • 8 burger buns

  • Sliced onions, lettuce, sliced tomatoes

  • Bacon

  • Mayonnaise, mustard, relish, and ketchup

Method

  1. Sauté the onions and garlic:

    Sauté the chopped onion in olive oil for 3 minutes over medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté for another 2 minutes, or until the garlic begins to brown. Remove from heat. Transfer the onions, garlic, and oil to a large bowl to cool down.

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  2. Make the burger mix:

    Once the onions are cool to the touch, add the ground turkey, salt, pepper, and herbs into the bowl. Using your hands, gently mix everything until well combined. You want the herbs mixed in without overworking the meat (which would make the burgers tough).

    Mixing turkey burger seasoning in a glass bowl.
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  3. Form the meat into patties:

    Use your fingers to form a slight indentation in the middle of the patties. When burgers cook, the meat contracts from the edges. If the middle part is slightly thinner than the edges it will help the patties finish with a more even shape and less of a bulge in the middle.

    Turker burger patties on a plate to show how to make turkey burgers.
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  4. Cook the burgers:

    Cook on a hot grill or in a hot cast iron frying pan for 5 to 6 minutes per side, until cooked through (165°F if using a meat thermometer).

    If using a grill, first pre-heat the grill on high for 10 minutes and coat the grates with a little vegetable oil.

    If using a frying pan, put a little oil in the pan first to help keep the burgers from sticking. A trick my mother uses when making burgers in a cast iron frying pan is to sprinkle the bottom of the pan with a little salt. The salt acts sort of like ball bearings, keeping the patties from sticking when you go to flip them.

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  5. Serve the burgers:

    Toast the buns and serve the burgers with the accompaniments of your choice—sliced onions, lettuce, sliced tomatoes, bacon, mayonnaise (especially good with mayo), mustard, relish, and/or ketchup.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
474 Calories
25g Fat
28g Carbs
34g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 474
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 6g 31%
Cholesterol 120mg 40%
Sodium 487mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 34g
Vitamin C 7mg 34%
Calcium 143mg 11%
Iron 4mg 24%
Potassium 420mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.