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Grilled turkey burgers are a big part of summer grilling for many and for good reason. They are delicious!
Few things say “summer” the way grilled food does. Those sear marks and that smokey flavor are a quintessential part of the hotter months in this country. Americans love their grills and the food that comes from them.
Before You Grill
There are some safety measures to keep in mind before you start grilling. Nobody wants to have friends over for dinner only to end up in the ER. So follow Grill Safety Tips every time you use on.
How Long Do You Grill Turkey Burgers For?
They cook for approximately 10-15 minutes if they aren’t overly thick. You’ll want to keep the grill lid on and remember to flip them about halfway through. And while it’s good to have a timeframe, keep in mind that they are never done until they reach an internal temperature of at least 165F., no matter how long they are on the grill.
How Do You Grill Turkey Burgers Without Falling Apart?
Add an egg, bread crumbs, or both. Mix one or both into the meat and then form your burger patties. They will help hold the meat together on the grill.
How Do You Keep Turkey Burgers From Drying Out On The Grill?
When you are forming your patties, mix in some sautéd onions, oil, or mayonnaise. Any of these will help keep your turkey burgers moist all the way through the grilling process. Also, don’t press your turkey patties while they are on the grill. Let them gently rest on the grill and flip them as needed. But never press.
Turkey Burger Toppings
A burger isn’t a great burger without some additional toppings between those buns (or lettuce wrap). Here are some suggestions for your turkey burgers:
- Cheddar cheese
- Pepper jack cheese
- Tomato slices
- Onion slices
- Lettuce – Try different types.
- Fresh parsley
- Fresh basil leaves
About The Ingredients
Ground turkey – This can be as lean as you want it to be. Or, if you prefer, you can also use ground beef burgers or ground chicken burgers.
Teriyaki sauce – Buy it or make it at home. It may be difficult to find any at the store that doesn’t have a lot of unwanted ingredients. Making your own takes just minutes. The choice is yours.
Garlic powder – Or garlic granules.
Onion powder – Or onion granules.
Salt and pepper – Add half a teaspoon of either per pound of meat. This is optional.
How To Make Grilled Turkey Burgers
In a large mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients, kneading until they are all well combined.
If you are using ground turkey breast, you’ll want to add an egg here as well for moisture in the meat.
Form your turkey burger patties in equal portions and flatten them out to be slightly larger than your burger buns.
Make an indentation in the middle, but don’t poke all the way through.
Transfer your patties to a hot grill and cook until they reach an internal temperature of 165 F.
Remove them from the grill and allow them to sit for about 10 minutes.
Build your burger with your favorite toppings, and enjoy.
Store leftovers in an airtight container and keep them in the fridge for up to three days.
If packed well, these will freeze well for up to 4 months.
From frozen – Thaw completely in the fridge.
From fridge – Reheat in a microwave or by warming it in the oven at 350F.
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Grilled Turkey Burgers
- 2 lb. ground turkey
- ¼ cup teriyaki sauce (see link to recipe above)
- 1 tsp. ground mustard
- 1 tbsp. garlic powder
- 1 tbsp. onion powder
- In a large mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients, kneading until they are all well combined.
- If you are using ground turkey breast, you'll want to add an egg here as well for moisture in the meat.
- Form your patties in equal portions and flatten them out to slightly larger than your burger buns.
- Make an indentation in the middle, but don't poke all the way through.
- Transfer your patties to a hot grill and cook until they reach an internal temperature of 165 F.
- Remove them from the grill and allow them to sit for about 10 minutes.
- Build your burger with your favorite toppings and enjoy.