Grilled Turkey Burgers

5 stars based on 3 votes

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Most turkey burgers are dry and tasteless and leave you yearning for the real deal. Not these! I’ve added Italian turkey sausage — a trick often used with meatballs — which amps up the flavor and makes them incredibly juicy. The best part is that you can throw them together in a matter of minutes; only five ingredients and no chopping, slicing or dicing required.

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Begin by removing the sausage meat from the casings. I use Shady Brook Farm’s lean Italian turkey sausage, which is available at most supermarkets. The best way is to cut the casings with kitchen shears and peel them away from the meat. This is much easier than trying to squeeze the meat out.

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Next, combine the sausage meat with the ground turkey, Worcestershire sauce, mustard and pepper in a large bowl. (Note that the recipe does not call for any salt; there’s enough in the sausage to season the entire thing.) For mixing, your hands are the best tool.

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Form the mixture into eight even patties.

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Preheat your grill to high. Grease the grates well and cook the burgers for five minutes or until the first side is golden brown with nice grill marks. Resist the temptation to fiddle with the burgers or flip them too soon; you want a nice crust to form. Flip and cook a few minutes more until done.

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Enjoy!

 

Grilled Turkey Burgers

Servings: 8 burgers
Total Time: 20 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1.3 pounds 93/7 lean ground turkey (I use Shady Brook Farms; one package equals 1.3 pounds)
  • 6 links (or 1-1/4 pounds) Italian turkey sausage (I use Shady Brook Farms hot or sweet varieties)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 8 hamburger buns

Instructions

  1. Remove the sausage meat from the casings. The best way is to use kitchen shears to cut through the casings and then peel them away from meat. Place the sausage meat in a large bowl along with the ground turkey, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and Dijon mustard. Use your hand to mix together until well combined. Form the meat into 8 even patties about ½-inch thick. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet and cover until ready to cook.
  2. Clean the grill and preheat to high. To grease the grill, lightly dip a wad of paper towels in vegetable oil and, using tongs, carefully rub over the grates several times until glossy and coated. Place the turkey burgers on the grill and cook for five minutes, covered, until nice grill marks form. Flip and continue to cook, covered, for 3-5 minutes more. Heat the buns on the grill, assemble burgers and serve.

Reviews & Comments

  • Tried them tonight. Totally awesome! We will definitely make our turkey burgers this way from now on. Thanks so much.

    - Sue Renn on August 18, 2014 Reply
  • Stumbled across your website the other day and it is now saved as a favourite in my browser. I am in the UK and some of the ingredients you mention are not so easily available over here. My question is, does it make a difference if they are Italian turkey sausages or just plain old generic turkey sausages? Looking forward to trying either way.

    - Lee on August 7, 2014 Reply
    • Hi Lee, Welcome to the site! The Italian turkey sausages do add nice flavor but generic will work too.

      - Jenn on August 7, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Holy cow, who needs hamburger. These turkey burgers were incredibly juicy and so easy to make !

    - Ali on July 17, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I make these turkey burgers for dinner every week now. They usually require a little bit longer in the oven for me (2-3 minutes more), but they are the best turkey burgers I have ever had

    - Gillian on July 15, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    These were the best turkey burgers I’ve ever made! The addition of sausage is genius–I used organic chicken sausage flavored with sage, and added a bit of chopped onion and maple to my burgers. Delicious! Thanks for the great idea.

    - Tierney on July 6, 2014 Reply
  • A good recipe if you are looking for a spicier version of the standard turkey burger.

    - Jennifer Marcus on March 13, 2013 Reply
  • I made these burgers for my partner and I last night. They were possibly some of the best burgers I’ve ever made. The Worcestershire sauce gave them a great flavour as well!

    Delicious.

    - Gemma on February 12, 2013 Reply
  • I love turkey burgers but usually they are too dry – these were great! They were the exception! Had super flavor and not at all dry! I did freeze them after cooking (did that on purpose so I could take for lunch to work) and they heat up perfectly. Try them! Thanks again for another terrific recipe!

    - Esther on June 26, 2012 Reply
  • Very interesting idea to use turkey sausage. I’m going to have to try this.

    - Jodi on June 20, 2012 Reply
  • I love turkey burgers with a little bit of minced jalapeno peppers added to them, and served with goat cheese and roasted red peppers on top. I LOVE them without the bun even! (less carbs & calories)

    - Nadia on March 4, 2012 Reply
  • I haven’t had the best of luck with turkey burgers. I’ll have to try this one out…thanks!

    - Anne on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • I’m always looking for good turkey burger recipes! This looks great!

    - Shannon on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • My husband, 2 boys, and I loved this! The 3 of them are avid “beef” burger eaters, so they did say it tasted more like sausages than burgers and requested that I add grilled onions and peppers and put it on hoagie rolls next time. But, they couldn’t get enough of it! Thank you so much!

    - Kim on February 14, 2012 Reply
  • […] turkey burger is… adding turkey sausage to the meat!  I first read about this on the blog “Once Upon a Chef”.  After trying it a few times, it can’t be beat.  I’ll never make them another way […]

  • Someone previously asked if they would freeze well uncooked and I was wondering the same thing . If not, could you cook them and freeze, then defrost and just heat in the microwave?

    - Heidi on January 25, 2012 Reply
    • Hi Heidi, I think you’d be fine to freeze these raw. Hope that helps!

      - Jenn on January 25, 2012 Reply
  • Shari, Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, I’m just not set up to provide accurate nutritional info for my recipes. I do know of one website that allows you to plug in ingredients for a recipe and it calculates the nutritional value for you. The only thing is that I can’t say for sure how accurate it is. Here’s the link:

    http://caloriecount.about.com/cc/recipe_analysis.php

    I’ve tried it with a few of my recipes and it seemed pretty close but you have to fiddle around with the ingredients because it doesn’t always recognize what you put in (for example, it won’t understand “1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons” so you have to convert that to “6 tablespoons” or it won’t accept “8 chicken thighs” so you have to put in “2 pounds chicken thighs”). Hope that helps!

    - Jennifer on June 12, 2011 Reply
  • What a great alternative to beef or even plain turkey or chicken! They look wonderful and sound delcious!

    - The Café Sucré Farine on June 10, 2011 Reply
  • I am always looking for new types of turkey burgers. We love them around here.

    - Tracy Wood on June 9, 2011 Reply
  • These DO sound full of flavor! Good call on the sausage

    - leslie on June 9, 2011 Reply
  • Danita & Melissa,

    Yes, I think these burgers would freeze well. Hope you enjoy :)

    - Jennifer on June 9, 2011 Reply
  • These look great Jen. I’ve always used lean ground turkey, but would never have thought to use the spicy turkey sausage. Brillant!

    - Laura on June 9, 2011 Reply
  • I was wondering the same thing as Dana, regarding freezing extras.

    - Melissa Hoopes on June 9, 2011 Reply
  • Do you have the nutritional value for each patty?

    - Shari on June 9, 2011 Reply
  • These look good and healthy. Do you think they would freeze well (uncooked)? There are only two of us and it would be nice to have some of these on hand for a quick dinner or weekend lunch.

    - Danita on June 9, 2011 Reply
  • Looks great!

    - Margie on June 9, 2011 Reply

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