Recipe for the Best Turkey Burgers

This is the recipe for the Best Turkey Burgers!! These are the most flavorful, moist, juicy turkey burgers you will EVER taste!

Recipe inspiration:

This recipe was inspired by my brother’s love for Cheesecake Factory’s turkey burger. He used to order his with a boat of honey mustard on the side and drown every bite in it.

So I decided to create a homemade turkey burger that has honey mustard in the burger mixture in addition to what you can put on top. The honey, mayo, and mustard in the meat mixture gives the meat so much extra flavor. The mayo also helps keep the burger really tender. Which is great because turkey burgers sometimes have a brand of being dry and bland.

I can promise you these turkey burgers are the opposite of dry and bland. The have so much flavor.

If you don’t like mayo, don’t worry you can’t taste the mayo at all. There is only a tablespoon of mayo per 4 burgers.

Why are my turkey burgers so dry?

This will happen if you cook the turkey burgers too long. I highly recommend getting a meat thermometer so you know when they reach 160-165 degrees.

I also recommend getting 93% lean ground turkey meat instead of 99% lean. You want a little extra fat in the meat to keep them juicy! If you can only find 99% lean I would add an extra half tablespoon of mayo to the recipe.

Can you make these turkey burgers gluten free?

Yes! Use crushed gluten free pretzels instead of panko bread crumbs.

For the buns, I love Udi’s gluten free hamburger buns.

Shot of a turkey burger with a bite taken out of it

Recipe modifications:

I love using shaved parmesan mixed into the turkey burger patties because it creates sheets of melted cheese. But you can use any kind of parmesan you have.

If you don’t have a grill, you can cook these in a cast iron skillet or in a regular skillet.

If you have a smoker, try these in the smoker!! Our friends have made these on their charcoal grill with cherry wood chips. It’s life changing.

If you’re looking for a beef burger recipe, try this one!

What to serve with this turkey burger recipe?

We love serving these with truffle fries. For the truffle fries, you can use this homemade oven baked french fry recipe. And then use truffle salt at the end instead of using the seasoning in the recipe. Or you can get store bought frozen french fries and season with truffle salt once they come out of the oven!

These are also great with sweet potato fries.

Or with a house salad and a caprese salad.

Watch the recipe video here:

How to freeze these turkey burgers:

You can freeze these turkey burgers cooked or uncooked.

To freeze the uncooked turkey burgers, form the turkey burgers into patties and place them in a single layer in a freezer bag on a tray. Transfer to the freezer. You can remove the tray once the burgers have fully frozen. When ready to cook, place them in a single layer in the refrigerator until partially thawed and then grill until fully cooked through. You can also grill the burgers from frozen. But it will take longer.

To freeze the cooked burgers, place them in an airtight container with parchment paper in between each burger to prevent sticking. When ready to eat, microwave for 1 minute to partially thaw. Then reheat on the skillet until warmed through.

Recipe for the Best Turkey Burgers

The most flavorful, moist, juicy burgers you will EVER taste.
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Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 pound 93% lean ground turkey (add an extra tablespoon of mayo if you get 99% lean)
  • 1/2 cup shaved parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup green onions thinly sliced (about 1 bunch)
  • 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs (or crushed gluten free pretzels)
  • 1 Tablespoon Yellow Mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 Tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper


  • American Cheese
  • Honey mustard
  • Shredded lettuce or green leaf lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Pickled Onions
  • Pickles (I like dill!)
  • Brioche buns


  • In a large bowl, combine (with your hands or a spatula) the turkey, cheese, green onions, crushed pretzels, mustard, honey, mayonnaise, garlic, salt, and pepper.
  • Use a 1/2 cup measuring cup to measure/scoop out burgers.
  • Form into 1-inch thick patties.
  • Preheat the grill to 350-450 degrees. Oil the grill grates so the burgers don’t stick. Place the burgers on the grill and cook 7 minutes per side. Melt cheese on top if desired the last 2 minutes of cooking. Serve on a bun with desired toppings.


Serving: 1 turkey burger patty (not bun or toppings) | Calories: 269kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 14g