Juicy Baked Turkey Burgers With Garlic

Juicy baked turkey burger with garlic

​The Spruce Eats / Katarina Zunic

  • Total: 35 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 8 to 12 burgers
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
172 Calories
7g Fat
11g Carbs
17g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 to 12 burgers
Amount per serving
Calories 172
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 123mg 41%
Sodium 744mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 17g
Calcium 58mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These turkey burgers are made with a combination of turkey thighs and turkey breasts, making them lean but still juicy. 

These moist and juicy turkey burgers are flavored with finely chopped onion, garlic, cilantro, and lime juice. In addition, these well-seasoned turkey burgers are low in fat and calories. If you aren't a fan of cilantro, feel free to leave it out or add some chopped fresh parsley.

Top these easy baked burgers with a flavorful salsa or spicy Sriracha mayonnaise blend.


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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3/4 cup onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (finely minced)
  • 1 pound ground turkey thighs
  • 1 pound ground turkey breast
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (or lime juice)
  • 1 teaspoon Creole seasoning (or a seasoned salt mixture)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup fine dry bread crumbs (unseasoned)
  • 1 large egg (lightly beaten)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for juicy baked turkey burgers with garlic
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  2. Heat the oven to 400 F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil; spray lightly with nonstick cooking spray. 

    Tin foil on tray
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  3. In a small skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the finely chopped onion and cook, stirring, until the onion is tender and begins to brown. Add the minced garlic and continue cooking, stirring, for about 2 minutes.

    Heat olive oil over medium heat
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  4. Combine the ground turkey with the chopped cilantro, lemon or lime juice, seasonings, bread crumbs, egg, and onion and garlic mixture. Mix until ingredients are well blended.

    Ground turkey with chopped cilantro
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  5. Shape the turkey mixture into 3-ounce burgers. Arrange the burgers on the prepared baking pan.

    Shape turkey mixture into burgers
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  6. Bake the burgers at 400 F for 20 to 25 minutes, or until cooked through.

    Bake the burgers
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  7. Serve these flavorful burgers with a chunky salsa, a spicy chili mayonnaise, or barbecue sauce.

    Serve burger
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  • Use chopped fresh parsley in place of the cilantro if you don't care for the flavor of cilantro.
  • According to the foodsafety.gov, ground poultry must be cooked to a minimum of 165 F on a food thermometer. Check the burgers using an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of a burger.