The Best Healthy Turkey Burgers

Delicious & healthy turkey burgers made with a zesty seasoning! Made with turmeric and paprika seasoning. The most flavorful turkey burger recipe I’ve had that is perfect for summer grilling! 

Turkey burger in between a bun with tomatoes, greens, and avocado slices.

Turkey burgers are perfect for a healthier summer grilling recipe. Most burgers made with turkey can be dry and lacking in flavor – this recipe is super moist with tons of zesty flavor from turmeric, garlic, and a little bit of cayenne pepper.

I love a good burger – but I also like to top it with a little bit of fat from avocado and special sauce like barbecue or aioli.

What seasonings are best for turkey burgers?

Since turkey burgers can be prone to dryness you can add a splash of soy sauce or Worcestershire for moisture and flavor. You can use Mediterranean seasonings with feta cheese crumbles, or pesto, with onion & garlic powder.

Tips for Making Healthy Turkey Burgers

  • Instead of ground turkey you can also use ground chicken, beef, or bison.
  • You can use any sauce for this recipe – ketchup, mayonnaise, aioli, or BBQ sauce.
  • Toppings for the burgers are optional – you can add pickled onions, avocados, and any type of greens.
  • Freeze your turkey burgers (raw) in ziplock bags – then thaw and grill as required.

Recipes to serve with:

Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Pesto,
Loaded Detox Chia Salad

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Turkey burger in between a bun with tomatoes, greens, and avocado slices.

Healthy Turkey Burgers

Delicious & healthy turkey burgers made with a zesty seasoning! The perfect recipe for summer grilling. 

Servings 4
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 20 mins

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Tags: healthy turkey burger, turkey burgers
Calories: 411 kcal
Author: Bethany Kramer


  • 1 lb organic ground turkey
  • 4 whole wheat buns
  • 1 heirloom tomato, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 avocado, sliced thin
  • mixed greens
  • BBQ sauce

Burger seasoning:

  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder


  1. Mix all burger seasonings together in small bowl.

  2. In large bowl add ground turkey and sprinkle seasoning over top. Mix with clean hands until fully combined, then divide meat evenly into four patties. Lightly drizzle patties with olive oil.

  3. On medium-high heat on grill pan, skillet, or grill cook burgers 6-7 minutes on each side or till fully cooked through.

  4. When burgers are done-zo, place on your bun and top with tomatoes, greens, avocado and your fav BBQ sauce!


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Bethany Kramer

Bethany Kramer is the cook and photographer behind A Simple Palate. She found a deep love for food and nutrition after learning to cook from her mom at eight years old. Since then she’s been developing and sharing recipes from her own kitchen that are bold in flavor and nourishing to the body!

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