Turkey Burgers

Turkey Burgers

A couple weeks ago we had a warm spell that made me think that Spring truly was on the way. I started to crave summer foods, and in looking through a new cookbook I received, these turkey burgers jumped out at me. The picture in the cookbook made them look so juicy and tender that I couldn’t resist.  I don’t think I’ve actually ever had a turkey burger before, but in my limited experience, this is what a turkey burger should taste like!

I don’t know if my pictures are doing them justice, but these burgers made for a delicious and satisfying dinner. They’re full of flavor and incredibly juicy, and Mike loved them just as much as I did. The burgers are seared on the stove to produce a browned and flavorful crust, then finished up in the oven – perfect for when it’s still too cold to fire up the grill! They didn’t take long to make and I was able to freeze half of them, uncooked, for a future quick meal. If you’re looking for a delicious weeknight meal with the taste of summer, give these turkey burgers a try!

Turkey Burgers

Turkey Burgers


1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
1 Tbsp milk
1 pound ground turkey (7 percent fat)
1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions (about 2 scallions)
3 Tbsp Dijon mustard
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 Tbsp olive oil
4 hamburger buns, split


Preheat the oven to 395 degrees. In a large mixing bowl combine the bread crumbs and milk until all the milk has been absorbed. Add the ground turkey, cheese, scallions and mustard. Season with salt and pepper. Gently mix together by hand until combined, being careful not to over-handle the meat. Divide and shape the mixture into 4 patties.

In a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat, warm the oil until a few droplets of water sizzle when carefully sprinkled in the skillet. Cook the turkey burgers until well-browned on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer the skillet to the oven and cook until the turkey burgers are cooked through and no longer pink in the middle, about 10 minutes.

To serve, toast the buns. Place each burger inside a bun and garnish as desired. Serve immediately.

*Burgers can be formed, tightly wrapped and refrigerated for up to 24 hours in advance. Uncooked patties can also be frozen, individually wrapped in plastic wrap and placed in a freezer bag.

Note: I received the cookbook Simply Suppers from Thomas Nelson to review. I was not compensated for this post and all opinions are my own.

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  1. Your turkey burgers look sooooo good. I love how you added panko to the turkey burgers.

  2. I love when there is cheese mixed into the burger, yum!

  3. For not having much experience with a turkey burger, I'd say you nailed it. That burger sounds absolutely perfect. I love the mix-ins you used. Especially cheese! You can never go wrong with a little cheddar goodness. 🙂

  4. Sounds like you were using a combination of turkey breast meat and dark meat, which would be the way to go. Glad you got your first turkey burgers. They are an excellent thing.

  5. Yumm! We had Turkey Burgers last night!

  6. I've never had a turkey burger but will definitely be trying some this summer!

  7. Great burger for summer time!

  8. I make turkey burgers all the time – love them!

  9. I have a hard time imagining a burger made of anything but good ol' beef but these look so gosh darn good I may have to make an exception!

  10. I love adding panko to burgers! It works like a dream! These sound amazing!

  11. I was just looking at the ground turkey in my freezer and thinking I needed a good recipe 🙂

  12. I nice alternative to beef, I'll have to fire up the grill and try these out!

  13. Looking forward to trying these!

  14. I'm so ready for warmer weather and grilling. This is a great way to get it started.

  15. Oh my, these look yummy!

  16. These look so delicious! Love turkey burgers and love the flavors you used. Yum!

  17. Yay I love the change from traditional beef burgers, and turkey is underrated! These look really good, and I'm looking forward to seeing your peanut butter cup tart post 🙂

  18. I was planning on burgers (beef) this week but am going to give this recipe a try! Can't wait! I don't think I have any frying pans that can go in the oven…so I'll just switch them over to a regular baking dish 🙂

  19. I made these last night and they came out delicious! Different from any other turkey burger I've had, moist and flavorful! The only thing I did different was grilled the burgers fully instead of baking. Would definitely make these again! (saved some in the freezer) 🙂

  20. Kate – I'm so glad you liked these! Thanks for letting me know how they turned out 🙂

  21. Oven temp 395 degrees? Maybe 400 degrees F?

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