Juicy and Tasty Air Fryer Turkey Burgers

Looking for a lean alternative to beef? Try our flavorful air fryer turkey burger recipe that’s both tasty and waistline-friendly. And forget the grill! You can make these mouthwatering burgers in an air fryer for a quick and easy weeknight meal.

Air fryer turkey burger in a white sesame bun with lettuce, tomato, onion, and cheese.

Why You Will Love This Air Fryer Turkey Burger

Easy To Make: Air fryer turkey burgers are mixed in a single mixing bowl and require nothing other than your hands to mold the patties and mix the spices in.

A close up picture of air fryer turkey burger in between buns, lettuce, tomato, onion, and cheese.
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Very Little Cleanup: You only have to clean up your mixing bowl and your air fryer when you’re done.

They Are Better for You: They are lower in fat because you don’t use oil to cook them. They still get that great fried flavor and outer texture without frying them in oil.

Ingredients

Ground turkey: You can choose how lean you want this to be by the turkey you decide to buy. I used 93% lean ground turkey.

Ground rosemary: Make sure you use ground rosemary instead of rosemary leaves. The dried herb is too hard to chew.

Garlic granules: These are optional but tasty. Garlic powder will work in a pinch.

Salt: You can use any salt you like. Pink Himalayan salt is quite tasty here.

Pepper: Ground black pepper is best. Use freshly ground black pepper for the best flavor if it is available.

Ingredients for air fryer turkey burgers.
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Equipment

Air Fryer: This can be any style of air fryer. They will all cook similarly, though cooking times vary slightly from appliance to appliance.

Instant Read Thermometer: A meat thermometer is a minimal investment that ensures your meat is adequately cooked. Poultry must reach 165 degrees F to be safely cooked.

Instructions

Gather and measure all ingredients as needed. If your air fryer has a preheat function, preheat it to 400 degrees F.

Combine the ground turkey and all the spices in a large mixing bowl. Mix well by hand for the best results.

Photo collage of making turkey burger patties.
Photo Credit: The Gracious Pantry

Divide the dough in half and press the meat into the shape of a burger patty.

Place the turkey patties in the air fryer and cook at 375 degrees F for 15 to 20 minutes.

The patties should reach a minimum of 165° F to safely and properly cook. Some appliances can take up to 25 minutes to cook completely, so using a meat thermometer is important the first time you make these.

If you want to make these cheeseburgers, add cheese to the burger patties at the last 1 minute of air frying.

Transfer the burger patty to a burger bun, add your favorite toppings and serve.

Photo collage of making air fryer turkey burger.

Substitutions

If you don’t care for rosemary, dried thyme is a good substitute in this recipe.

Recipe Variations

I enjoy varying cheese types, such as Swiss, cheddar, pepper jack, feta, blue cheese, and Monterey jack, as they all add different flavors. You can’t go wrong with any of them.

You can play around with the flavors of these burgers by changing the spices. Taco seasoning can be yummy, as well as spices like sage.

You can use various buns for a turkey burger, such as whole wheat, brioche, pretzel, or sesame seed buns. Each type of bun can provide a different texture and flavor to complement the lean turkey patty. A multigrain or ciabatta bun can add a hearty and rustic element to the turkey burger.

More Ways To Season Your Air Fryer Turkey Burgers

 Mediterranean

  • 1 teaspoon ground rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic granules
  • Zest of 1 lemon

Southwest

A hand holding burger buns filled with turkey burger, lettuce, tomato, onion, and cheese.
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  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro

Italian

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • A pinch of red pepper flakes

Indian Style

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

Chinese Fusion

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp. chopped scallions

BBQ 

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder

Herbs & Spices

  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1 teaspoon chopped chives
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper

Cajun

  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper

Citrus 

  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

Japanese Umami 

  • 1 tablespoon teriyaki sauce
  • 1 teaspoon tamari sauce
  • A pinch of ground black pepper
Air fryer turkey burger in bun with salad and cheese.
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Storage

To Store: Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the fridge.

To Reheat: Rewarm gently in the microwave or an air fryer until it’s warmed through.

To Freeze: You can freeze these patties either before or after cooking. Either way, you’ll want to pack them well in a freezer-safe container to avoid freezer burn. They will keep in the freezer for up to 4 months.

Serving Suggestions

Serve these air fryer turkey burgers with your favorite burger toppings. The standard toppings are tomatoes, red onion, pickles, ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise. But you can also try things like tonkatsu sauce, hummus, or guacamole for some burgers, depending on the spices you mix into the meat.

Great side dishes are:

Recipe Additions

  1. If you want to soften the texture of these burgers, add about half a cup of breadcrumbs when adding spices to the raw meat.
  2. Try adding about 1 teaspoon of dried thyme to expand the flavors of your turkey burgers.
  3. For more umami, add about 1 to 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce or tamari sauce to the raw meat.

FAQ

How Long To Cook Raw Frozen Turkey Burgers?

If you freeze your turkey patties and want to put them directly into the air fryer without thawing, you can do that. While every appliance will be slightly different, the cooking temperature is 375 degrees F for 15 to 20 minutes. Please note that the thickness of the patty can alter the cooking time significantly.

At What Temperature Are Turkey Burgers Cooked?

They are fully cooked and safe to eat when they reach an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees F.

Do Burgers Need To Be Flipped In An Air Fryer?

While some people swear by it, flipping your burger in an air fryer is not strictly necessary. That said, they will cook much more evenly if you flip them once halfway through the cooking time.

Can I Use Ground Chicken Or Ground Beef Instead Of Turkey?

Definitely! It’s a simple switch to make. Everything else will stay the same. The only difference is with cooking times depending on the meat you choose. You’ll want to stick to safe internal temperatures as recommended by the USDA.

Can I Cook These Turkey Burger Patties On A Grill Instead?

Definitely, yes. Prepare them according to the recipe and simply cook them on a grill instead of in the air fryer.

Related Recipes

Turkey burgers are fast, easy, and delicious. When you make them in an air fryer, they offer minimal cleanup and are far healthier for you than fried burgers while still giving you all the flavor you look for in a turkey burger. They make a great family night meal.

This article originally appeared on Pink When.

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Air Fryer Turkey Burgers

Delicious turkey burgers straight from your air fryer for a great family night dinner.
Author: Tiffany McCauley
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 portions

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. raw ground turkey
  • 1 tsp. ground rosemary
  • 1 tsp. garlic granules optional
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Gather and measure all ingredients as needed. If your air fryer has a preheat function, preheat it to 400° F.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground turkey and all the spices. Mix well by hand for the best results.
  • Divide the dough in half and press the meat into the shape of a burger patty.
  • Place the turkey patties in the air fryer and cook at 375° F for 15-20 minutes. The patties should reach a minimum of 165° F to be safely and properly cooked. Some appliances can take up to 25 minutes to cook these completely. So, using a meat thermometer is important the first time you make these.
  • If you want to make these cheeseburgers, add cheese to the burger patties at the last 1 minute of air frying.
  • Transfer the burger patty to a burger bun, add your favorite toppings and serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25pounds | Calories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 298mg | Potassium: 369mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.03g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg

Disclaimer

Nutritional info in this recipe is only estimate using online calculator. You should refer to it as a guide only. Please verify with your own data if you seek an accurate info.

Author: Tiffany McCauley (The Gracious Pantry)

Bio:

Tiffany McCauley is an award-winning cookbook author and food blogger. She has been featured on MSN, Huffington Post, Country Living Magazine, HealthLine, Redbook, and many more. She has helped thousands of people learn to cook simple, clean, and healthy foods in their own home kitchens. She lives in Maine and loves Elvis, sunflowers, and a good seafood chowder, as well as travel writing.

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