The Best Turkey Burger Recipe!

I am SO EXCITED to share this turkey burger recipe with you! I did not grow up eating these, nor have I ever been a huge fan of using ground turkey in place of beef in most things, but this method is so incredibly easy and delicious, I daresay I could do without a beef burger forever! And that’s almost a complete lie, but really, a turkey burger recipe this good only comes along once in a blue moon, you guys, so take full advantage.


The trick is putting the salt and pepper on the OUTSIDE. It gives it an awesome crust and keeps it moist and tender instead of chewy and dry. There is even science to back me up on this.

With this method you could do some low-carb open-faced burgers or wraps; you could do some no-carb lettuce wraps; or you could do like I did and just eat a whole damn bun. It’s up to you. I served thin-sliced raw, salted carrots alongside it to add crunch. I love crunch, you guys. And carrots are healthier than chips. Even I know that.

Watch recipe video for the best turkey burger recipe for more instruction!

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Turkey Burger

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  • Author: Hilah Johnson
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x


  • 3/4 pound ground turkey breast
  • 2 tablespoons salsa of your choosing
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/21 teaspoon coarse ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • For serving: 2 buns or wraps
  • Topping: lettuce, tomato, pickles, onion, salsa, ketchup, mustard


  1. Combine the turkey and salsa in a bowl and use your hands to mix it all up. Form into two patties, about 1/2 inch thick.
  2. Sprinkle both sides of each patty liberally with salt and pepper.
  3. HEat a heavy skillet over medium-high heat with the oil until the oil is loose and shimmery. Swirl it around the pan to coat and put in your burgers.
  4. Let them cook, do not disturb, 2-3 minutes or until they release fairly easily from the pan. The underside will be well-browned.
  5. Flip. Reduce heat to medium and cover. Cook another 2 minutes or until juices are clear.
  6. Serve however you like, on buns or wraps or whatevs.

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  1. Yana Maranan on February 18, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    You know Hilah I also love turkey than beef. I can’t stand out to eat beef. See your video tomorrow!

  2. Julie on February 20, 2013 at 6:50 am

    Hi Hilah,

    I stumbled upon your YouTube channel several days ago while I was looking for a good cornbread recipe. It’s a shame I only discovered you now! Your videos are super informative and genuinely funny.

    Per this post, turkey burgers are my favorite – I will definitely try the s&p action in the crust instead of incorporating it inside the ground turkey! May I ask what type of salsa you used in this recipe? Thank you, I will be visiting often!


    • Hilah on February 20, 2013 at 9:34 am

      Hi Julie! I’m glad you found me! 🙂
      Let me know if you notice a difference in your burgers putting the s&p on the outside. I used Rose’s salsa. I’m not sure you can find it outside of Austin (or Texas) but it’s a refrigerated one. It’s really good, garlicky, but not super spicy.
      Thanks for writing!

  3. Great Stone Face on February 21, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Thanks so much for posting this. Many of us need to see there are healthy choices out there; and we needn’t sacrifice flavor!

    • Hilah on February 22, 2013 at 8:27 pm

      It’s true! Chris even REALLY loved this and he’s a beef burger man.

  4. Jessica on November 11, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    This recipe looks amazing! I’m going to pan cook some and bake some and see how they turn out!

    • Hilah on November 11, 2013 at 7:35 pm

      Great! Let me know how you like them, Jessica!

  5. Jennifer on May 21, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Hey! I stumbled onto your site while looking for recipe ideas for all this lean ground turkey I got yesterday (and should have bought more of; was 45% off). I’m loving this and the meatball recipe – at least from how it looks; haven’t cooked it yet – and am excited to check out more!!

    • Hilah on May 21, 2014 at 10:29 am

      Ooh, awesome, Jennifer! Hope you enjoy these recipes for your ground turkey.

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