Best Ever Turkey Burgers In 30 Minutes Or Less

Mar 9, 2020 | Chicken and Poultry, Quick Meals, Recipes

Let’s talk about turkey burgers. All too often, when someone serves a turkey burger it is dry, tasteless and might as well be a hockey puck. I wanted to remedy this. So, I came up with a turkey burger recipe that isn’t dry and flavourless. It is the exact opposite actually. What’s even better than a recipe that takes something that usually isn’t that good and makes it delicious? What about a recipe that takes something that isn’t that good, makes it delicious, and makes it in less than 30 minutes? That’s what I’m going to share with you today.

This is how to make the…


12:45 pm – Getting Started

To get started I opened up a package of ground turkey put it in a bowl and measured out all of my other ingredients. They were a 1/2 tsp each onion powder, garlic powder, and smoked paprika. 2 tbsp each bread crumbs and chopped parsley. 1 tsp each kosher salt (use 1/2 tsp if using table salt) and fresh chopped thyme. Finally, I added a few turns of pepper from my pepper mill. In total it was probably about 1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper. I also added 1 whole egg.

12:52 – Mix it up and turn it on

Once I had all of my ingredients measured and ready to go, I turned my pan on to medium heat. I used a non-stick pan though it isn’t necessary. It just happened to be on the top of the stack in my cupboard. I also added about 2 tsp of olive oil to the pan. I did this before the pan was hot, just because I was about to cover my hands in raw turkey.

With the pan heating up I started mixing my turkey mixture only until all the ingredients were combined. Then I divided the mixture into half, then half again. Dividing the mixture in quarters rather than just grabbing handfuls gave me much more even burgers. I formed the burgers then added them into the pan.

I only cooked two of the four because it was just my wife and I. The rest of the burger mixture got saved for later.

12:57 pm – Cranberry Mayo

First things first, clean up the cutting board.

I love cranberry and turkey together and I thought that cranberry mayo would be great with this burger (I was right). Really simply, I took 1/4 cup of mayo (Hellman’s) and mixed into it 2 tbsp cranberry sauce. If you don’t have any cranberry sauce, just boil 2 tbsp dried cranberries, 1 tbsp sugar, and 1/4 cup water until most of the water has dissolved. Let the dried cranberry sauce cool to room temp before mixing it into the mayo.

12:58 pm – Flip the burgers

By 12:58 the burgers were ready to flip. This also seemed like a good time to toast the burger buns.

1:01 pm – Cheese

At 1:01 pm the burgers were just about cooked. I sliced a few thin pieces of swiss cheese (you can buy pre-sliced) then topped the burgers with them. Once the cheese was mostly melted the burgers were ready.

1:04 pm – Turkey Burgers

To assemble the burgers, I spread the cranberry mayo on both sides of the bun. On the bottom of the bun, I also added 3 bread and butter pickle slices. On the top bun, I added a small handful of salad greens. I added the burger, put it all together, and served it with vegetable chips.


I cannot express how delicious this burger was. I know that turkey sometimes has a tendency to dry out, but these weren’t dry at all. The burgers themselves had loads of flavour and a great texture. The cranberry mayo worked perfectly with the burgers and the bread and butters pickled added that perfect sweet tang. I absolutely recommend you make these. I know that you’ll be glad you did.

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Bust Turkey Swiss Burger Ever

All too often turkey burgers are dry and tastless. No more!! These burgers are tender, juicy, and oh so good. Don't believe me? Try them for yourself. It will only take you 21 minutes.
Total Time: 21 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 30 minute meals, 30 Minutes or less, Burger, Turkey, Turkey Burgers, Turkey Recipes
Servings: 4 burgers
Author: Chef Ben Kelly


  • 1 lb Ground Turkey
  • 1 lg Egg
  • 2 tbsp Bread Crumbs
  • 2 tbsp Chopped Parsley
  • 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt or 1/2 tsp table salt
  • 1 tsp Fresh Chopped Thyme or Dried Thyme
  • 1/4 tsp Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 tbsp Cranberry Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Mayo
  • 2 tsp Olive Oil
  • 4 sm Handfuls Salad Greens
  • 12 slices Bread and Butter Pickles
  • 4 slices Swiss Cheese
  • 4 toasted Burger Buns
  • Vegetable Chips to Serve


  • Combine the turkey, spices, herbs, breadcrumbs and egg in a medium mixing bowl and mix to combine. Divide the mixture into 4 even pieces and form into burgers
  • Heat a skillet over medium heat with the olive oil. Cook the burgers until cooked through (about 4 minutes per side)
  • Top the burgers with the swiss cheese.
  • Mix the mayo and cranberry sauce and top the burger buns with it.
  • Place the bread and butter pickles on the bottom bun and the salad greens on the top bun. Put the pattie on the bun and serve with the chips.
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