Baked Turkey Burgers Recipe

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These baked turkey burgers are the perfect oven-baked burger!

Turkey burgers are such an American classic. They are quick, tasty, and made with simple ingredients. They are also very easy to enjoy on a clean eating meal plan. This recipe is one I’ve used for years. It’s about as easy as they come, and it’s positively delicious. Even Mini Chef can’t help but eat two of them in one sitting!

One of a batch of these Clean Eating Baked Turkey Burgers sits on a whole-grain bun, with the top bun sitting off to the side. You can see the meat patty sitting on a slice of red onion and bed of green lettuce.

They come together quickly and can be cooked just about any way you can cook a burger. The grill, the oven, or the stovetop… whatever your preference is.

Ground Turkey Recipes

Of all my ground turkey recipes, this is not only my most popular but also my favorite. Turkey burgers are healthier than beef burgers and offer a lighter flavor that pairs well with just about any topping.

Recipe Variations

If you want to mix up the flavor a bit, try substituting the spices in the recipes for a teaspoon of one of these instead:

  • Oregano
  • Cumin
  • Chili powder
  • Italian seasoning

You can also mix in a few whole-grain bread crumbs if you like the consistency of that. I never add them, but they are quite tasty and they add a touch of fiber.

Baked Turkey Burger Ingredients

Ground turkey – Any type you like. Lean, or regular. You can also use ground chicken if you prefer.

Egg – Use only the egg white if cutting down on fats.

Onion powder – Onion granules work too.

Garlic powder – Garlic granules work well too.

Ground rosemary

Ground thyme

Salt and pepper – Add to taste after baking.

Sliced cheese – Any type you like if you want cheeseburgers.

Whole-grain burger buns – Gluten-free if needed.

How To Make Baked Turkey Burgers

I most often use the oven to bake these unless it’s super hot outside and I don’t want to heat up the kitchen. I just like the flavor and texture of these when cooked in the oven. Plus it’s easy to slip them in the oven, set a timer, and walk away for a bit. No flipping on the grill or monitoring a skillet.

I enjoy serving these with sweet potato fries for Mini Chef. It’s a classic pairing with an extra kick in the nutrition department. We also enjoy a green salad alongside that, which makes for a very filling dinner that gets absolutely zero complaints.

Adding spices to the mixing bowl and ground turkey.

Place all the ingredients in a mixing bowl.

The Baked Turkey Burgers meat all mixed with the spices and ready to be formed into patties.

Knead until well combined.

Baked Turkey Burger patties on a parchment lined cookie sheet, ready for the oven.

Form the patties and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. You can also use a cast iron pan or baking dish. Bake at 350 F. for 30-40 minutes or until they reach at least 165 F. on a meat thermometer.

The finished Baked Turkey Burgers on buns.

Serve on hamburger buns with your favorite burger toppings. You can also wrap these in lettuce for lettuce wraps.

How To Store Baked Turkey Burgers

Store these in the refrigerator for up to three days.

Can You Freeze Baked Turkey Burgers?

You can! You can freeze these before baking or after. Either way, store them in an airtight and freezer-safe container. If you are freezing them raw, you’ll want to place parchment paper between the patties and thaw them in the fridge overnight.

Just remember to make some Ketchup and choose mustard that doesn’t have added sugar. (It’s amazing how many brands of mustard have added sugar!!) Top with any other favorite toppings like lettuce and tomatoes with a whole grain bun and you’ve got yourself a delicious classic the whole family will love.

Another one of these Clean Eating Baked Turkey Burgers sits with the bun on, ready to eat.

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Baked Turkey Burgers Recipe

Clean Eating Baked Turkey Burgers Recipe

Baked Turkey Burgers

These delicious burgers are lower in fat because they’re baked instead of grilled or fried. Delicious straight out of the oven, these are sure to please!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 patties
Calories: 148kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry



  • 1 ½ lbs. ground turkey
  • 1 large egg (use the egg white only if cutting down on fats)
  • 2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. ground rosemary
  • 1 tsp. ground thyme


  • Place the meat in a large mixing bowl.
    Step one of this Baked Turkey Burgers Recipe is to put the ground meat into a large mixing bowl.
  • Add an egg.
    Adding an egg to the turkey.
  • Add all the spices as well.
    Adding spices to the mixing bowl and ground turkey.
  • Knead well to properly mix the spices into the meat.
    The Baked Turkey Burgers meat all mixed with the spices and ready to be formed into patties.
  • Form 6 patties and place them on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees F. for approximately 30 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.
    Baked Turkey Burger patties on a parchment lined cookie sheet, ready for the oven.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly. Build your burger!
    The finished Baked Turkey Burgers on buns.


Please note that the data below is a ballpark figure. Exact nutrition data is not possible.


Serving: 1patty | Calories: 148kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 71mg | Potassium: 372mg | Vitamin A: 85IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1.3mg

Recipe from the Gracious Pantry archives, originally posted: 12/11/11.

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  1. Heidiwchi says:

    5 stars
    These burgers are delish! I make a similar recipe only I add some minced fresh garlic and lots of mushrooms(pureed in food processor) Makes them taste soooo good and moist!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Heidi – Yummy! Sounds great!

  2. The Gracious Pantry says:

    Jen – Fantastic! Glad everyone enjoyed them!

  3. The Gracious Pantry says:

    Kshen – For sure! I was thinking about adding some carrots and zucchini next time as well. Yum!

  4. Barbara S. Wells says:

    5 stars
    I added 1 can of black beans, drained and mashed and l/2 cup of low fat feta cheese and made a meatloaf – delicious!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Barbara – Oh yum!

  5. The Gracious Pantry says:

    Kat – Fantastic! Glad you enjoyed it!

  6. Anne Kristin Griggs says:

    These sound wonderful:) 🙂 🙂 And so easy to make:)

    1. Anonymous says:

      Anne – They are! I hope you enjoy them!

  7. graciouspantry says:

    Silete e – I get the Alvarado Street Bakery brand at Whole Foods and yes, chicken would work. Enjoy!

  8. graciouspantry says:

    Kate – I never use the 99% lean for that very reason. It may be more fat, but at least I can swallow it.

  9. graciouspantry says:

    Jennifer – It is a mixture, but it is sold separately with the other spices at the store.

  10. I split these into 9 balls. What would the cals and protein be? 119cals & 13g protein. Still trying to figure out everything

    1. You would have to multiply the data by 4 and then divide by 6. Or just enter the recipe into a recipe calculator like the one on

  11. 5 stars
    For the nutritional content for 9 patties, simply multiply by 6/9 (or equivalently 2/3 or .6666).

    Also, thanks for this. After a few failed attempts at making the turkey burgers on an electric skillet I knew there was a good baked recipe out there. Set it and forget it! Great for studying for finals and eating clean. Thanks again.

  12. 5 stars
    Just made these and they turned out great, except I cooked mine on the stove with a drizzle of EVOO.

  13. can i use a whole egg instead?

  14. Can they be frozen after they are assembled and then cook when you need them?

  15. What kind of bread is that?

    1. Jenna – They are the hamburger buns put out by the Alvarado Street Bakery. I get them at Whole Foods.

  16. Thanks! I noticed you answered that question already right after I posted! Love your recipes so far, just found you because I just started trying to eat clean and I really appreciate all your tips and recipes!

  17. Can I make these without the egg? I’m in the process of moving and don’t have much in the kitchen 🙁

  18. Hi Tiffany
    Oh my this looks amazing I love turkey burgers but have never made them homemade. Do they hold their shape well? Do you think using a whole egg would help keep them in patty form?
    Thanks! Can’t wait to try 🙂

    1. Allie – I’ve made them both ways and typically, they seem to stick together better without the egg. But it’s totally up to you, it works with the egg as well.

  19. 5 stars
    The whole family loved this recipe! Thank you so much! I love that the ingredients are minimal and things that are always on hand.

  20. 3 stars
    I’ve made these twice now and every time I make them a white film spreads out across my parchment lined pan. Is that the egg? Is this normal? Anything I can do to prevent this?

    1. Jennie – Totally normal! It’s jut the egg and some water that comes out of the meat. I always just leave it behind and throw it away with the parchment. If it was directly on the pan, it would bake onto the pan and you probably wouldn’t take notice of it. It’s just part of cooking on parchment.

  21. Gabi Rupp @ Leanjumpstart says:

    5 stars
    This recipe sounds so simple and minimalist, thank you for sharing Tiffany! While I make quite often different types of plant based burgers, my hubby misses sometimes the meaty stuff;) I’m sure he will be thrilled when I bake your clean eating turkey burger:)

    1. Gabi – Hello!! Yes, I’ve gone the plant-based way myself. But for meat lovers, these are still on the healthier side. Let me know how he likes them! 🙂

  22. What would be a good side with these burgers?

    1. Samantha – So many! Homemade, baked fries or sweet potato fries, a green salad, veggies and dip, potato salad, macaroni salad…. any number of dishes. 🙂

  23. 3 stars
    Tossing out the yolk saves you 4 grams of fat & eliminates good aminos and vitamins. clean eating is about less carbs and starches. Keep the yolk, add some fresh herbs to this recipe, ditch the roll and enjoy over some mixed greens.

    1. Anon – Actually, that’s NOT what clean eating is about. You can eat clean AND low carb, but low carb does not equal clean eating. Nor does low fat eating, or any other version of a “diet”. Clean eating is about avoiding processed foods. It’s about eating real food, the way nature intended.

  24. Can you use foil instead of parchment?
    Would you decrease cooking time?

    Is there anything i can add to get a more beef-like flavor besides not using poultry seasoning? What are your thoughts about adding liquid smoke?
    Thank you

    1. Jeanetta – I’ve used liquid smoke before and it was pretty good. I’m not a huge fan of smoked flavors, but it will work. You can definitely use foil. Baking times will not only depend on your oven, but also on the thickness of your baking pan. The foil won’t be cause for any changes. Your best bet is to check their temp with a thermometer to be sure. They should reach at least 165 F. Hope that helps!

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