Enjoy Savory Turkey Burgers, with easy herbs and spices! Serve with mango and avocado as a lettuce wrap (protein style), or with a bun!

a Savory Turkey Burger with cheese, lettuce, ketchup

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Friends, here’s a twist on turkey burgers with cilantro, mint, garlic, and ginger! Of course, serve on your favorite kind of buns. We love brioche, because they are so soft and buttery-good.

Savory Turkey Burgers

What we’ve found is that no matter who’s coming over for dinner, everyone LOVES a good burger! They are the best served with BEST Easy Grilled Vegetables, and my most popular salad recipe on my blog right now: Summer Italian Spaghetti Salad! SO GOOD!

Savory Turkey Burgers with mango and avocado

Why we love this recipe

  • It’s the perfect “summer bite” when it comes to a healthy, delicioius burger.
  • You can swap out the toppings for your favorites.
  • They are delicious to eat protein style, or with buns! Try our Protein Style Burger Board idea!

a plate of Savory Turkey Burgers, garnished with lime

Ingredients for Savory Turkey Burgers

  • Ground turkey
  • Cilantro, mint, garlic and ginger
  • Mayonnaise, soy sauce, ketchup
  • Eggs
  • Salt and pepper
  • Chili flakes
  • Zest of 1 lime, cut into wedges for serving
  • Toasted sesame oil for coking or nonstick spray
  • Lettuce leaves
  • Avocado
  • Mango salsa
  • Bun and condiments (or lettuce for protein style burgers)

Surely you get as excited as I do,  when you know you are having burgers for dinner? :)

close up of cheesy Savory Turkey Burger patty

How to cook turkey burgers

Turkey burgers are a delicious recipe that everyone loves! Slap these moist patties together ahead of time, and either cook on the grill or stovetop. It’s the perfect “special” summer treat!

  • Stovetop
  • Grilled
  • Broiled

a plate of Savory Turkey Burgers garnished with mango and avocado

How do you make Turkey Burgers?

  1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients for the burger. Mix until just combined and set aside. If your burger mix is firm enough to hold its shape, then grilling will work. If the mix is very loose, I recommend cooking on the stovetop (unless you want to use a cast iron skillet on the grill to keep the meat from falling through).
  2. To grill the patties, preheat your grill to medium heat. Measure your patties into about 1/3 c portions, shape into a patty with your hands, and spray both sides with nonstick spray. Place burgers on the grill (or preheated cast iron on the grill). Cook until the internal temperature is 165 degrees F.
  3. Repeat until all meat is cooked.
  4. To cook on the stove top, heat your pan to medium heat and pour in 1 tsp of sesame oil per burger. Portion out meat into 1/3 c patties—I recommend portioning and shaping the meat as you lay it into the pan (one at a time), rather than shaping all of them beforehand. When oil is shimmery, lay down your patties into the sesame oil and cook on each side, or until the internal temperature is 165 degrees F.
  5. Repeat until all the patties are cooked.

Tips for the best turkey burgers

If you plan to grill these burgers, I recommend buying a coarsely ground turkey. If the grind is smooth, I recommend cooking the patties on the stovetop to maintain their shape and avoid having the meat fall through the grates. The finer grind of meat, the burger mix will be very loose—this is what makes it so deliciously moist!

This moisture also gives you some room to “overcook” the meat and not result in a chalky, dry burger. Additionally, a tip for microplaning ginger is to freeze the pieces beforehand—this makes the grating process much easier.

holding a lettuce wrap with Savory Turkey Burger

How to serve

To serve, enjoy with lettuce, fresh mango, avocado, and red onion, or enjoy with melted cheese on a burger!

Happiness is …

I’m generally a happy person. And one thing for sure that makes me happy is having people around my table.

I always dreamed of this as a kid, and for years I’ve witnessed it in beautiful ways around our table. Let’s just say this, that living it is much better than just reading about it in books or magazines.

The camaraderie that comes from eating together just fills my love cup!

Who will you be inviting for dinner this week?

outside dinner guests around a table

More burger recipes to try:

Sweet Potato Lentil Burgers

Arugula Goat Cheese Burger Board

Beer Cheese Burger

Pizza Stuffed Burgers

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Savory Herb Turkey Burgers

If you plan to grill these burgers, I recommend buying a coarsely ground turkey. If the grind is smooth, I recommend cooking the patties on the stovetop to maintain their shape and avoid having the meat fall through the grates. If you are using a finer grind of meat, the burger mix will be very loose—this is what makes it so deliciously moist! This moisture also gives you some room to “overcook” the meat and not result in a chalky, dry burger. Additionally, a tip for microplaning ginger is to freeze the pieces beforehand—this makes the grating process much easier.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Yield: 10
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Ingredients
 

Burgers

  • 2 lb ground turkey
  • 1 c cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 c mint, finely chopped
  • 2 clove garlic, microplaned
  • 2 ‘’ ginger, microplaned
  • ¼ c mayonaise
  • c soy sauce
  • c ketchup
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp chili flakes

How to serve

  • Zest of 1 lime, cut into wedges for serving
  • Toasted sesame oil for coking or nonstick spray
  • Lettuce leaves
  • Avocado
  • Mango salsa
  • Bun and condiments

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, combine all ingredients for the burger. Mix until just combined and set aside. If your burger mix is firm enough to hold its shape, then grilling will work. If the mix is very loose, I recommend cooking on the stovetop (unless you want to use a cast iron skillet on the grill to keep the meat from falling through).
  • To grill the patties, preheat your grill to medium heat. Measure your patties into about 1/3 c portions, shape into a patty with your hands, and spray both sides with nonstick spray. Place burgers on the grill (or preheated cast iron on the grill). Cook until the internal temperature is 165 degrees F, 7-8 minutes per side. Repeat until all meat is cooked.
  • To cook on the stove top, heat your pan to medium heat and pour in 1 tsp of sesame oil per burger. Portion out meat into 1/3 c patties—I recommend portioning and shaping the meat as you lay it into the pan (one at a time), rather than shaping all of them beforehand. When oil is shimmery, lay down your patties into the sesame oil and cook for 7-8 minutes per side, or until the internal temperature is 165 degrees F. Repeat until all the patties are cooked.
  • To serve, enjoy with lettuce, fresh mango, avocado, and red onion, or enjoy with melted cheese on a burger!
Cuisine: American
Course: Main Course
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