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Easy Turkey Burgers (Perfect Weeknight Meal!)

Packed with flavorful ingredients like Dijon mustard and Worcestershire sauce, these quick stove top burgers don’t sacrifice on taste!

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Let’s be honest with ourselves. Not every weeknight meal is going to be glamorous and exciting. Sometimes we just need to nourish ourselves and our families, and we need it to happen quickly. Enter: easy weeknight turkey burgers. They require little time or effort and still manage to be flavorful and impressive. To be quite honest, my partner and I make these at least once a week and serve with roasted veggies. This is a perfect recipe to have in your back pocket when you just don’t feel like trying that hard.

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Key Ingredients for Turkey Burgers

Ground Turkey: Certainly support whatever dietary needs you have, but I find that a 93% lean ground meat creates much juicier turkey burgers than the 99% lean option and would recommend it for best results. I have also used ground chicken in this recipe.

Egg: Acts as a binder to keep all our lovely ingredients and flavors together.

Breadcrumbs: They keep everything nice and hydrated because they soak up the juices from the meat. They also serve as another binding agent. You can definitely use gluten-free breadcrumbs if needed.

Garlic: Because yum.

Worcestershire Sauce: This is the secret sauce (see what I did there?) to making these turkey burgers taste amazing. A classic ingredient to add umami to any dish, Worcestershire sauce is salty, sweet, tangy, and savory all at once. My favorite brands happen to be vegan, meaning they use soy sauce in place of anchovies or fish sauce to achieve a nearly identical flavor profile. I recommend Annie’s or Wizard’s.

Dijon Mustard: This tangy, spicy mustard makes these burgers something special, rather than your run-of-the-mill recipe. It truly brings all the flavors together.

Cayenne Pepper: Just a dash for a hint of spiciness. Feel free to omit if that’s not your thing.

How to Store

Refrigerator: These cooked turkey burgers can be placed in an airtight container or Ziplock/Stasher bag in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, simply microwave in 30 second intervals until warm or gently reheat on stove over low heat.

Freezer: You can freeze these turkey burgers uncooked by wrapping each individual patty in plastic wrap and then aluminum foil to make sure there’s no freezer burn. You can then place them all in a Ziplock or Stasher bag for up to 3 months.

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Easy Weeknight Turkey Burgers

Packed with flavorful ingredients like Dijon mustard and Worcestershire sauce, these quick stove top burgers don't sacrifice on taste!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • Large Bowl
  • large frying pan


  • 1 pound ground turkey or chicken
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup panko breadcrumbs (gluten-free if needed)
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and minced
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • tsp cayenne pepper
  • olive oil for greasing the pan

For Serving

  • 4 hamburger buns of choice
  • 4 slices of cheese if desired
  • lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, etc.
  • ketchup, mustard, mayo, etc.


  • Add all turkey burger ingredients to a large bowl and mix until well-combined. Form into four evenly sized patties.
  • Heat a small splash of olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat until shimmering. Add each patty to the pan and cook for about five minutes on each side or until they reach an internal temperature of 165° F, flipping burgers only once.
  • If you would like to melt cheese on top of your burgers, place a slice of cheese on top of each burger when there are about 2 minutes left of cooking and cover the pan with a lid.
  • Serve your burgers on buns with toppings and sides of choice! Enjoy.


Storage: Keep refrigerated in airtight container for up to 5 days.
Keyword burgers, dairy-free, gluten free, ground chicken, ground turkey, nut-free

Photography by Hope Agresti


  1. 5 stars
    I doubled the recipe, and actually baked 14 slider size burgers in the oven on 375 degrees. They took 8-10 minutes on each side for the internal temperature to reach 165 degrees. This was a flavor packed juicy burger, which is hard to find in a turkey burger. The recipe is super easy, and will definitely be a weekly recipe for my family.

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