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Air Fryer Turkey Burgers

Air Fryer Turkey BurgersMake healthy, juicy, and delicious air fryer turkey burgers from scratch in half of the time it takes to grill them.

Turkey burger with sweet potato fries in the background.

CAN TURKEY BURGERS BE MADE IN THE AIR FRYER?

Air frying is a perfect way to make turkey burgers. It’s quick and easy and results in tender burger patties, and juicy burgers are what we all have come to expect from a good burger. Achieving that can be hard to do when working with ground turkey. And honestly, I think turkey burgers have gotten a bad rap for being dry and tasteless. However, great-tasting turkey burgers begin with fat and flavor. We opt for darker meat and not ground turkey made with only turkey breast, add an egg and mayonnaise. Season the patties with spices and seal in all that flavor by cooking the turkey burgers in the air fryer.

WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

  • Turkey: Select a dark-meat ground turkey that is 80-90% lean, so you have more fat to flavor and keep the burgers together.
  •  Garlic: I suggest using two cloves, but don’t let my recipe tell you how much garlic to use – measure with your heart.
  •  Spices: Season the turkey burgers with salt, parsley, oregano, garlic powder, and onion flakes.
  •  Egg: Add moisture to the burger by adding an egg; the egg works as a binder to keep them intact as they cook.
  •  Mayonnaise: The mayonnaise helps maintain the moisture and deeply flavors the burgers; it’s the perfect complement to otherwise bland turkey.
  •  Liquid Smoke: We may not be grilling, but no one needs to know that. A few taps of liquid smoke lend the perfect smokiness that makes it feel like they’re coming right off the grill.

HOW TO MAKE AIR FRYER TURKEY BURGERS 

Combine the ingredients for the turkey burgers in a mixing bowl. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

The ingredients for turkey burgers in a mixing bowl.

Preheat the air fryer to 350° F (93° C) and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Use a food scale to portion 3-5 ounces of ground turkey.

Ground turkey on a weighing scale.

Form the meat into a ball and set it onto the baking sheet; repeat with the remaining turkey. Use another baking sheet to press down the turkey to create patties.

Balls of turkey burger lined on a baking sheet.

Make an impression in the center of each patty using your thumb.

Impressions made in the turkey burger patties.

Air fry for 15 minutes, flipping them halfway through.

Turkey burgers cooking in the air fryer.

COOKING TIPS

  • Refrigerate the turkey mixture before forming and cooking the burgers.
  • Turkey is lean and prone to drying out. For this reason, be sure that you don’t overcook the patties. The best way to know the burgers are properly cooked is to use a food thermometer. The safe cooking temperature for turkey is 165° F (73° C).
  • Use your thumb to press down in the center of each patty to prevent them from shrinking as they cook.

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Turkey burger with sweet potato fries in the background.

WHAT TO PUT ON A TURKEY BURGER

Like a beef burger, the toppings are up to you, but here are a few suggestions.

  • Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Pickles, Avocado, Jalapeños
  • Cheese
  • Condiments: Ketchup, Mayonnaise, Mustard, BBQ Sauce, Simple Guacamole

SERVING SUGGESTIONS

WHAT TO DO WITH THE LEFTOVERS 

  • FRIDGE –  Store leftovers in an airtight container; they will keep for 3 days.
  • FREEZER – Wrap and store uncooked turkey patties for 3 months. Cooked turkey burgers will keep for 1-2 months. To prevent freezer burn, layer plastic wrap over the burger patties before securing them in an airtight container. When you’re ready to eat, defrost them in the fridge overnight.
  • REHEAT – Warm leftover burgers in the microwave, and enjoy!
  • REPURPOSE – My favorite way to use leftover burgers is to make a cheese burger salad and finish it with homemade Big Mac sauce.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

Are turkey burgers healthy?

Ground turkey contains less saturated fat than ground beef, and it’s high in protein. 

Do turkey burgers taste like hamburgers?

Ground turkey tastes nothing like ground beef, and because it has less fat it can taste quite bland without spices and additional ingredients to give it more flavor.


Can I prepare turkey burger ahead of time?

Make the mixture, form the patties, and store them in the refrigerator for up to one day.

What’s healthier ground turkey or ground chicken?

It depends on what your goals are. Overall, the two are similar nutritionally. However, turkey has fewer calories and less sodium than ground chicken.

How long does it take to cook turkey burgers in the air fryer?

Cooking times vary depending on the air fryer; I cook ours for 15-20 minutes depending on the size of the patty I choose to make. The best way to cook turkey burgers is to check the internal temperature using a food thermometer. The safe cooking temperature for turkey is 165° F (73° C).

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Turkey burger with sweet potato fries in the background.

Air Fryer Turkey Burgers

Tressa Jamil
Make healthy, juicy, and delicious air fryer turkey burgers from scratch in half of the time.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Cooling Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 5 Patties
Calories 271 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the Patties:

  • 1 pound ground turkey, 80-90%, dark meat
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon parsley, dried
  • 1 teaspoon oregano, dried
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion flakes
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons mayonnaise
  • 2 taps liquid smoke

For the Burgers:

  • Buns or Lettuce
  • Cheese
  • Red Onion
  • Lettuce
  • Avocado

Instructions
 

  • Combine the ingredients for the turkey burgers in a mixing bowl. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the air fryer to 350° F (93° C) and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Use a food scale to portion 3-5 ounces of ground turkey.
  • Form the meat into a ball and set it onto the baking sheet; repeat with the remaining turkey. Use another baking sheet to press down the turkey to create patties.
  • Make an impression in the center of each patty using your thumb.
  • Air fry for 15 minutes, flipping them halfway through.

Notes

Nutrition Disclosure:
  • The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for professional advice.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 PattyCalories: 271kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 31gSodium: 540mg
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