These Turkey Burgers are full of flavor and quick to make. You can make them on the stove or on the grill!
If you think turkey burgers are bland and boring, it’s time to try this recipe.
Do you know what a turkey burger has that a beef burger doesn’t? A special friendliness with other flavors. It’s way more suited to having different flavor combinations added to it.
Put feta and basil in a beef patty, and that might be kind of weird.
Put feta and basil in a turkey patty, and you get something magnificent.
I love the grill for the best flavor possible, but these are fantastic even when they’re quickly cooked in a cast iron skillet on the stove indoors.
Just make sure to get the heat high so you get that wonderful brown crust on the edges.
How to Make It Step by Step:
In a bowl, combine dark ground turkey, feta cheese crumbles, fresh basil, worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper:
Mix this all together gently to distribute the ingredients evenly, then shape into four equal patties:
To cook the turkey patties, I’ve had great success for years simply cooking them in a cast iron skillet on the stove, but since my father-in-law bought me this indoor grill (affiliate) for Christmas, I’ve started using that instead.
And of course, it’s great for outdoor grilling too.
Here’s a look at the fully cooked turkey patty, without any toppings:
Because there’s so much going on with the actual turkey patty, you can go pretty minimal with the fixings.
I usually do sliced tomato, lettuce, red onion, and some pickles on the side, though you could also add an Aioli or Mayonnaise. And if you’re up for it, you can even make your own Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns from scratch.
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Recipe FAQ and Tips:
Leftover patties will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days. Store in an airtight container.
Yes, for up to 2 months. Store in an airtight container to prevent the meat from absorbing off flavors.
Yes, feel free to mix in the ingredients and shape the patties, then keep them in the fridge for up to 1 day before cooking.
For the Turkey Burgers:
- 1 lb dark ground turkey
- 1/2 cup feta cheese crumbles
- 2 tbsp packed chopped fresh basil
- 1 tsp worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 tsp salt*
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
- 4 hamburger buns
- desired toppings like red onion, lettuce, tomatoes, condiments, etc
- Gently mix together the ground turkey, feta crumbles, chopped basil, worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper with your fingertips. Make sure not to overwork the meat, but rather to think of distributing the ingredients evenly.
- Form the meat mixture into 4 patties, keeping in mind that the burger will shrink up during cooking. For this reason, I usually make them flatter than I ultimately want, and a little bit wider than the bun. Don’t make the patties too thick or they’ll take too long to cook.
- To cook on the stove, heat up a cast iron skillet over medium high heat for a couple minutes. Once the pan is hot, add the turkey patties and cook for about 3 minutes on each side. Time will vary depending on how hot your pan is and how thick your patties are, but you want the center of the turkey burger to read at 165 degrees F. If you find that the burgers are browning too much before the interior is cooking through, you can put a lid on the pan, or pop the burgers into a hot oven for a few minutes to finish cooking.
- You may also grill the burgers either on an indoor or outdoor grill. About 3 minutes on each side as well, depending on how intense the heat is. Check for doneness using a thermometer, aiming for 165F.
- Serve the turkey burgers with any accompaniments you want, and enjoy!
Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.
Post updated in May 2019. Originally published May 2013.