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Grilled Turkey Burgers

5 stars based on 15 votes

turkey burgers

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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Grilled Turkey Burgers

Servings: 8 burgers
Total Time: 20 Minutes


  • 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


  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.
  3. Note: The nutritional information below does not include the buns.
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Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (8 servings)
  • Serving size: 1 burger
  • Calories: 222
  • Fat: 12 g
  • Saturated fat: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 1
  • Protein: 27 g
  • Sodium: 499 mg
  • Cholesterol: 108 mg

This website is written and produced for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and the nutritional data on this site has not been evaluated or approved by a nutritionist or the Food and Drug Administration. Nutritional information is offered as a courtesy and should not be construed as a guarantee. The data is calculated through an online nutritional calculator, Although I do my best to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates only. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased, natural fluctuations in fresh produce, and the way ingredients are processed change the effective nutritional information in any given recipe. Furthermore, different online calculators provide different results depending on their own nutrition fact sources and algorithms. To obtain the most accurate nutritional information in a given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe, using your preferred nutrition calculator.

Reviews & Comments

  • 5 stars

    What is the nutritional values of these burgers

    - Kathy on August 25, 2017 Reply
    • Hi Kathy, I just added the nutritional info– enjoy!

      - Jenn on August 27, 2017 Reply
  • 3 stars

    This is the first of Jenn’s recipes I have not liked! All others get 5 stars. I do not like the taste of sausage in a “burger”. My entire family agreed. Jenn….would love a turkey burger recipe without sausage! I am sure you could produce a 5 star recipe, so I will wait for that! :o)

    - Janet Miller on July 25, 2017 Reply
  • Hi Jenn, do you recommend lean turkey sausage or regular turkey sausage in this recipe? I can’t seem to find sweet or hot would mild turkey sausage be ok?

    - Joan on July 21, 2017 Reply
    • Hi Joan, I use Shady Brook Farms turkey sausage — I’m not sure what the fat content is but I think anything you find will work in this recipe. Enjoy!

      - Jenn on July 21, 2017 Reply
  • 4 stars

    Super easy to make and my 1 1/2 year old LOVED them!! I thought they were good, but they tasted more like a meatball versus a burger. It just wasn’t what I was expecting. Still yummy though!

    - Liz on May 19, 2017 Reply
  • Hello! I want to grill these this afternoon for a cinco de mayo party. I just formed the patties and they are sticky and wet. Is this how they are supposed to be? Will they cook alright?

    - P on May 5, 2017 Reply
    • Hmmm, they shouldn’t be too sticky as there are no real wet ingredients in them. Did you by chance make any substitutions? If they are too wet, they won’t hold up on the grill — you might be better of pan frying them. Hope that helps!

      - Jenn on May 5, 2017 Reply
      • 5 stars

        These ended up being delicious! I think they were sticky because of the ground turkey I used. Anyway! It’s on my Memorial Day weekend menu! You are so talented.

        - P on May 26, 2017 Reply
  • 5 stars

    OH my! I did one batch with sweet Italian sausage and one with hot! Both were delicious at our family reunion! The leftovers were chilled and diced on top of salads the next day. Between those and the steakhouse burgers, Jenn, we had the perfect restaurant food!

    - Irene on October 7, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Very good, I used hot italian turkey sausage and the whole family loved them.

    - Julie on July 31, 2016 Reply
  • Haven’t tried this recipe but will this weekend. Ground turkey burgers can taste bland, combining with turkey sausage is Genius. Thank you Jenn.

    - Pauline Guerrero on July 18, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I thought I knew how to make a turkey burger until I tried this recipe. The burger turned out moist, juicy and beautiful

    - Todd on July 18, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Hi Jenn – made these up for 4th of July and they were a hit! So yummy — tender, moist and very flavorful. Another great recipe from you. Thanks!

    - Merilyn on July 6, 2016 Reply
  • I meant to add that I cooked mine on a grill pan on the stove, and they turned out wonderfully.

    - Jenn V. on March 4, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    In a word: YUM! These burgers are very tasty and plenty moist. I topped mine with a basic mango-avocado salsa (diced ripe mango and avocado seasoned with a little salt and a squeeze of fresh lime juice) and I served them with oven-baked sweet potato wedges. Thanks for more culinary inspiration, Jenn!

    - Jenn V. on March 4, 2016 Reply
  • 5 stars

    These turkey burgers are the best! The sweet Italian sausage makes them. My husband was skeptical but he loves them as much as I do after eatting them a few times. When I have left over burgers, he loves to crumble in his omelet the next morning. Thanks Jen. All of your recipes are delicious.

    - Penny on November 14, 2015 Reply
    • Glad you’re enjoying them, Penny!

      - Jenn on November 14, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    We absolutely love these flavorful turkey burgers. What are your suggestions to make this recipe as a meatloaf?

    Thanks so much.

    - Carol on August 24, 2015 Reply
    • Hi Carol, Great idea. I would just free-form it into a loaf shape on a foil-lined (and greased) baking sheet and bake for about 45 minutes. Spread ketchup on top before baking if desired. Please let me know how it turns out!

      - Jenn on August 24, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    These were the best turkey burgers my husband and I have had, hands down! We have tried several versions at home and at restaurants, and this will be my go-to recipe from now on. The Italian turkey sausage adds so much flavor! My husband was ready to give up on turkey burgers, but he said this recipe is a definite keeper!

    - SarahP on March 27, 2015 Reply
  • 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!


    - 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:

    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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