4 Tips for the Tastiest Turkey Burgers

Utter the phrase “juicy turkey burgers” to a crowd of hungry meat-eaters and you’ll likely be met with sneers and exaggerated eye-rolling. Turkey burgers get a bad rap in comparison to their hearty beef brethren, but why? With the right preparation, turkey burgers embody steamy patties of drool-worthy deliciousness; enough to convert any beef devotee into a turkey burger fan. Follow these 4 handy tips to turn your plain ground turkey into mouth-watering poultry perfection!

hand-shaping tukey burger patties on parchment paper

1) Don’t Lean Towards Too Lean

You wouldn’t go for a 99% lean ground beef, right? So why go for 99% lean ground turkey? A decent percentage of fat in the meat saves you from stuffing a dry hockey puck between two buns after drowning it in ketchup (and defeated tears). Opt for no more than 90% lean meat, and turkey ground with its dark meat will provide the ideal taste and texture for an unforgettable burger- no ketchup bath needed.

2) Get Saucy

Now that you have the appropriate ground turkey meat, it’s time to get saucy! Ground poultry needs a creamy sidekick to up its moisture and flavor, no matter what percentage of fat it is. Mayonnaise and plain yogurt are classics, and soft spreadable cheeses like chevre or cottage cheese elevate your burger to succulent meaty bliss (go ahead and top ‘em off with more cheese, we won’t tell)!

southern link bbq burger seasoning

3) Spice It Up

You shouldn't ever settle for a basic burger! The flavor possibilities are limited only by your imagination and the herbs, spices, and sauces within your reach… but a good place to start is minced garlic or onion, a tangy Worcestershire or barbecue sauce, and some fresh herbs, like parsley or oregano. Give your burger an Asian spin by adding minced ginger and soy sauce to the mix, or take the Mediterranean exit with chopped sun-dried tomato and dried basil. Chopped onion, cumin, and smoked paprika add Mexican-inspired flare to your burger - throw in chopped jalapeño if you're up for a walk on the spicy side.

Our online Market has lots of artisan-made seasonings and hand-mixed salt blends to choose from; between Southern Links BBQ and Beautiful Briny Sea (both based in Atlanta!) you're bound to find your next favorite seasoning!

4) Say No to Patty Abuse

You want to fold and roll your ground turkey mixture gently - without overworking it - or else run the risk of it turning rubbery and dense during the cooking process. If you’re prone to fidgeting, grab your stress ball or yo-yo because that turkey burger needs to be left alone as it cooks; no pressing, flipping or scooting around the pan! This no-fuss approach saves the valuable savory juices from leaching out, so unless you prefer your patty cooked dull and dry, keep your paws off. Invest in a timer and thermometer for this part; 2-3 minutes on each side and cooked to internal temperature of 165° Fahrenheit - simple as that!

Turkey burger with balsamic red onion chutney and roasted okra

Need an excuse to test out these tips for yourself?! Try these recipes: