Skillet Turkey Burgers

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Juicy and savory with a well-browned crust, these skillet turkey burgers rival the best beef burgers.

If you’re a beef burger lover, you might think that turkey burgers can’t measure up to the real thing – and, in most cases, you’d be correct. But these skillet turkey burgers, modestly adapted from Cook’s Illustrated, are delicious in their own right. They have a juicy texture, deep savory flavor, and gorgeous browned crust. The secret is adding ricotta cheese, a bit of bread crumbs, Dijon mustard, and Worcestershire sauce to the burger mix. If you’d like to try some variations, consider adding a few tablespoons of finely chopped fresh herbs, a clove of minced garlic, or thinly sliced scallions. Serve the turkey burgers on buns or rolls, garnished as you like.

What You’ll Need To Make Skillet Turkey Burgers

stovetop turkey burgers ingredients

Step-by-Step Instructions

Place ground turkey in a medium-size bowl. Add salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, ricotta cheese, bread crumbs, and mustard.

turkey, ricotta, bread crumbs, and seasoning in bowl

Using your hands, mix until well blended.

turkey burger mixture

Divide meat mixture into 4 equal portions. Lightly toss one portion from hand to hand to form a ball, then lightly flatten ball with fingertips into a 3/4-inch-thick patty with a slight depression in the center (this prevents the burgers from puffing up when cooked). Repeat with remaining portions.

forming the patties

Heat a large, heavy, ovenproof skillet over medium heat until very hot, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the oil to the pan and swirl to coat the bottom. Add the burgers and cook over medium heat without moving the burgers until the bottom side of each is dark golden brown and crusted, 3 to 4 minutes.

cooking turkey burgers

Turn the burgers over; continue to cook until the bottom side is light brown but not yet crusted, about 3 minutes longer. Transfer the pan to the oven and continue cooking for 7 to 8 minutes, or until burgers are completely cooked (an instant-read thermometer inserted from the side of the burger into the center should register 160°F).

cooking turkey burgers

Remove the turkey burgers from the pan and serve immediately.

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Skillet Turkey Burgers

Juicy and savory with a well-browned crust, these skillet turkey burgers rival the best beef burgers.

Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1-1/4 pounds 93% lean ground turkey (I use Shady Brook Farms)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup whole milk Ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, for cooking
  • 4 hamburger buns (lightly toasted and buttered, if desired)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and set an oven rack in the middle position.
  2. Place the ground turkey in a medium-size bowl. Add the salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, ricotta cheese, bread crumbs, and mustard. Using your hands, mix until well blended. Divide the meat mixture into 4 equal portions. Lightly toss one portion from hand to hand to form a ball, then lightly flatten the ball with your fingertips into a 3/4-inch-thick patty with a slight depression in the center (this prevents the burgers from puffing up when cooked). Repeat with the remaining portions.
  3. Heat a large, heavy, ovenproof skillet over medium heat until very hot, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the oil to the pan and swirl to coat the bottom. Add the burgers and cook over medium heat, without moving the burgers, until the bottom side of each is dark golden brown and crusted, 3 to 4 minutes. Turn the burgers over; continue to cook until the bottom side is light brown but not yet crusted, about 3 minutes longer. Transfer the pan to the oven and continue cooking for 7 to 8 minutes, or until the burgers are completely cooked (an instant-read thermometer inserted from the side of the burger into the center should register 160°F). Remove the burgers from the pan and serve immediately.
  4. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The uncooked burgers can be frozen for up to three months. (Freeze the burgers on a baking sheet or plate so their shape sets, then transfer them to a sealable plastic bag for easy storage.) Defrost the burgers overnight in the refrigerator prior to serving and then cook as directed.

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Nutrition Information

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  • Serving size: 1 burger
  • Calories: 445
  • Fat: 21 g
  • Saturated fat: 6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 28 g
  • Sugar: 3 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 35 g
  • Sodium: 536 mg
  • Cholesterol: 121 mg

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Reviews & Comments

  • Best turkey burger ever!

    • — Justine on July 31, 2021
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  • Jen, I love your recipes but I don’t mix milk with meat. Is there a substitute I can use for the ricotta cheese?
    Thanks, Bonnie

    • — Bonnie on July 25, 2021
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    • So glad you like the recipes, Bonnie! Unfortunately, there’s not a good substitute for the ricotta here. You could try these turkey burgers instead. Hope you enjoy if you make them!

      • — Jenn on July 27, 2021
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  • Simply the 💣! No condiments necessary with these little buddies. I have made so many of Jen’s recipes, and this is our absolute go to weeknight recipe -healthy(ish)too! My current top 5 –
    1. Classic Lasagna (hands down the best “lasagna” I have ever made).
    2. Chicken Tikka Masala – so good and relatively easy to make.
    3. Enchiladas (Sam Sifton’s) – mi amor.
    4. Grown up Peanut Butter Cups (believe it’s called a tart)
    5(tie). Roasted Salmon Quinoa Bowls – the Green Goddess dressing deserves its name & Skillet Turkey Burgers

    • — Big John on July 22, 2021
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  • Delicious and easy! Our toddler loved them, as well! Will definitely make again.

    • — Iralyn on July 19, 2021
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  • Wonderful and easy to make. My husband loved it, though he said he wouldn’t call it a turkey burger.

    • — Lulu on July 18, 2021
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  • When I told my husband we were having turkey burgers for dinner, his response was less than enthusiastic. I was too lazy to go to the store to buy the ricotta and the Italian bread crumbs. I used what I had – feta and panko to which I added 1 tsp Italian seasoning. I also forgot to turn the oven on, so I simply pan fried them. After dinner, my husband enthusiastically said, “Wow, I would have these again for dinner.” The highest compliment possible from him. They were amazing. Thank you, Jenn.

    • — Elli F. on June 10, 2021
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  • These burgers were super tasty! I had a problem with them falling apart in the pan, not sure what happened there, but I’ve never been super great at shaping burgers.

    • — Morgan on May 25, 2021
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    • Hi Morgan, glad you liked them but sorry to hear they fell apart. I suspect that you probably just need to apply more pressure as you’re making the patties to make the burgers a little bit more compact. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on May 26, 2021
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  • Has this been tried in an air fryer? Any idea what the settings would be?

    • — Shannon P. on May 13, 2021
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    • Hi Shannon, I don’t have any experience with an air fryer, so I can’t weigh in – sorry!

      • — Jenn on May 14, 2021
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  • Do these have to be cooked in a skillet or can they be put on the grill?

    • — Kelly on May 13, 2021
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    • Hi Kelly, If you want to cook these on the grill, I’d put them in a skillet so they don’t fall apart. If you want a turkey burger that can go on the grill grates, I’d suggest this recipe. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on May 14, 2021
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  • These burgers are so moist and delicious, you’ll think you’re eating beef. We make a big bunch, freeze some and pull them out individually as needed for a quick meal. Taste great reheated as well.

    • — Mary L. on May 13, 2021
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  • Fantastic as always! These were so quick to put together and a hit with the whole family – including 4 kids under 8. Obviously it’s a little harder to work with the turkey texture over beef but I couldn’t believe how flavorful and moist these were with so little effort. Jenn does it again! So grateful for how your recipes bless our family and make homemade dinners doable – even in my exhausted state of pregnant with my 5th haha. I love the grilled turkey burgers, but I have a harder time sourcing the turkey sausage so these were such a nice option without having to go to a second store. So grateful for you Jenn!

    • — Lynnessa R Struble on May 4, 2021
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    • Wow – you have your hands full!! Glad everyone enjoyed the burgers. 🙂

      • — Jenn on May 5, 2021
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  • These burgers are fantastic! So quick to put together and delicious! Perfect for a week night meal. I’m so thrilled that you have a new cookbook coming out! I’ve already preordered mine. Can’t wait to get it! Love all your recipes.

    • — Daniella on April 25, 2021
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    • 💓

      • — Jenn on April 26, 2021
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  • Hi Jenn, and many thanks. Tried this skillet burger recipe and boy, was it a hit with my husband! After 50 plus years of marriage we needed a change in burgers from the onion soup recipe that is full of sodium. He is a bit suspicious of new recipes but always loves what I cook. Followed the recipe and found the burgers to be juicy and flavorful. I have been cooking forever it seems, but did not know about putting an indentation in burgers to keep them from puffing up. Wow! Old dog and new trick. We really love all your recipes, thanks for being here.

    Candyce Conley
    Dayton, WA

    • — Candyce Conley on April 25, 2021
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  • Your recipe is similar to my favorite from Pam Anderson, but hers uses goat cheese, no breadcrumbs. I checked back on hers and it now uses ricotta like yours, no breadcrumbs. Any idea why ricotta wins out over goat cheese? I imagine it is easier to mix in. Breadcrumbs to give it body? I make and freeze these all the time, as they are my go-to emergency meal (like today).

    • — RenoSue on April 21, 2021
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    • Hi, I’m not sure why ricotta would win out over goat cheese as I’ve never tried these with it (but it sounds yummy)! And I like think the bread crumbs just help a bit with the texture.

      • — Jenn on April 21, 2021
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      • Well, I did it. Followed your recipe exactly BUT only had 1 pound of turkey since that’s what normal grocery stores provide, used panko, so added 1/4 tsp thyme. Wow! Turned out delicious and moist and TENDER. You’ve made me a believer in breadcrumbs! And the ricotta was much easier to blend in.

        • — Susan L Wright on May 4, 2021
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  • I just made this turkey burgers tonight. I must say they have been the juiciest turkey burgers I have ever made. I will add sauteed onions and garlic next time. The creamy mayo & mustard sauce is a must. Thank you for this and all your recipes.

    • — Ruth V on April 21, 2021
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  • Made as indicated. Texture was pleasantly moist. Flavor was ok but could have benefited from adding garlic or shallot as some readers did. Made the Mayo and Mustard sauce and that enhanced the flavor.

    • — Niki on April 20, 2021
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