Juicy Baked Turkey Burgers With Garlic

Juicy Baked Turkey Burgers With Garlic recipe

The Spruce / Cara Cormack

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 45 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Yield: 8 burgers
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
461 Calories
18g Fat
31g Carbs
43g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 461
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 144mg 48%
Sodium 617mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 43g
Vitamin C 3mg 13%
Calcium 125mg 10%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 526mg 11%
*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.)

Turkey burgers are quick and easy to bake in the oven. This recipe is made with a combination of ground turkey thighs and breasts, making them lean and perfectly juicy. The tasty burgers are flavored with finely chopped onion, garlic, cilantro, and lime juice, while a little Creole seasoning adds even more flavor.

Low in fat and calories, these well-seasoned turkey burgers are baked all at once, eliminating the tedious flipping of burger after burger on the stovetop or grill. To further ensure the burgers don't fall apart, the egg and breadcrumbs act as a binder.

The baked burgers can easily be made into full-sized burgers or appetizing sliders. Finish them with your favorite burger toppings, a flavorful salsa, or spicy Sriracha mayonnaise.

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 3/4 cup onion, finely chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 pound ground turkey thighs

  • 1 pound ground turkey breast

  • 1/3 cup dry unseasoned breadcrumbs

  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

  • 2 tablespoons lemon (or lime) juice

  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

  • 1 teaspoon Creole seasoning (or seasoned salt mixture)

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 8 hamburger buns, toasted, if desired

  • Lettuce, tomato, salsa, flavored mayonnaise, barbecue sauce, for serving, optional

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for juicy baked turkey burgers

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  2. Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 400 F. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray lightly with nonstick cooking spray. 

    Baking sheet with aluminum foil

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  3. In a medium nonstick 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. Remove from the heat.

    Finely chopped onion in a frying pan, with a wooden spoon

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  4. Combine the ground turkey thighs and breast with the breadcrumbs, chopped cilantro, lemon or lime juice, beaten egg, Creole seasoning, salt, pepper, and the onion and garlic mixture. Mix until the ingredients are well blended.

    Bowl of ground turkey meat with breadcrumbs

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  5. Shape the turkey mixture into 8 (4 3/4-ounce) burgers. Arrange the burgers on the prepared baking pan.

    Turkey burgers shaped on a baking pan that's covered in aluminum foil

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  6. Bake the burgers in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until no longer pink in the middle and cooked through.

    Baked turkey burgers on a baking sheet

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  7. Serve these flavorful burgers on buns with your choice of fixings.

    Juicy baked turkey burgers with garlic, on a bun with tomato and lettuce

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Tips

  • According to the USDA, ground poultry must be cooked to a minimum of 165 F. To know when they're done, check turkey burgers using an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of a burger.
  • To make sliders, form the mixture into smaller (2-ounce) patties to yield about 19 sliders. You may need to reduce the baking time slightly.

Recipe Variations

  • Use chopped fresh parsley in place of the cilantro, if you don't care for the flavor of cilantro.
  • Swap out the spices for your favorite spice blend (Cajun seasoning is an excellent choice).
  • To make the turkey burgers gluten free, use gluten-free breadcrumbs and buns.

Can Turkey Burgers Be Frozen?

Make extra turkey burgers to freeze for later. Lay the unbaked patties in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze for one to two hours before transferring to a freezer-safe container or bag. They'll keep well for two to three months. Thaw in the refrigerator before baking; turkey burgers can also be baked while still frozen, though you'll need to extend the cooking time.

Are Turkey Burgers Healthier Than Beef Burgers?

Ground turkey is often viewed as a leaner alternative to beef, but this isn't necessarily the case. Turkey breast is leaner than the thigh, and this recipe uses a mixture of the two so the burgers aren't dry. (Some ground turkey is a mixture of dark and white meats, and it's important to read labels when shopping.) Generally, the calories, fat, and saturated fat of turkey burgers is comparable to a burger made with the leanest beef. The toppings and buns are equally important; for the healthiest burgers, be as selective about the fixings as you are with the patties.