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Air Fryer Turkey Burgers

Make the best air fryer turkey burgers with this easy and delicious recipe! A flavorful homemade burger seasoning makes super juicy and fast turkey burgers without even using the grill.
a close up of an air fryer turkey burger with lettuce, cheese, and onion and another turkey burger behind it without a top bun.

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Make the best Air Fryer Turkey Burgers with this easy and delicious recipe! A flavorful homemade burger seasoning makes super juicy and fast turkey burgers without even using the grill.

a close up of an air fryer turkey burger with lettuce, cheese, and onion and another turkey burger behind it without a top bun.

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These tender and juicy turkey burgers are simple to make, are ready in a flash, and you don’t even need to own a grill to enjoy them. What’s not to love?

Ingredients and Variations

buns, sliced cheese, burger seasoning, ground turkey, butter, and sauce on a white board.

When it comes to choosing ground turkey, if possible, buy packages marked 85/15 (85% lean, 15% fat) as ground turkey is already very lean.

We’re using our homemade Best Seasoning for Burgers mix which is made up of: cumin, Montreal Steak Seasoning, garlic powder (try homemade), smoked paprika, ground black pepper, and onion powder.

In addition to the burger rub, this recipe uses a bit of Worcestershire sauce and unsalted butter.

How Long and at What Temperature Do You Cook Turkey Burgers in an Air Fryer?

I cook my turkey burgers at 400F. The length of time depends on how large and how thick the patties are.

  • 3.5-inch wide patties that are 1/2 inch thick need ~12-13 minutes of cooking time.
  • 5-inch wide patties that are 1/3 inch thick need ~8-10 minutes of cooking time.
  • Frozen turkey burgers need 12-17 minutes at 400F.

The safe cooking temperature for ground turkey is 165F. Use an instant-read meat thermometer to determine when the patties are finished.

What to Serve with Turkey Burgers in the Air Fryer

I’m a fan of serving my turkey burgers with Air Fryer Curly Fries, Frozen Sweet Potato Fries in the Air Fryer, Crispy Potato Wedges, Air Fryer Waffle Fries, or Air Fryer Curly Fries.

If you prefer veggie fries, check out our Turnip Fries, Butternut Squash Fries, or Air Fryer Green Bean Fries.

For veggie sides, I recommend Cucumber and Onion Salad, Healthy Coleslaw, Pea Salad, or Instant Pot Potato Salad.

Sauce pro tip: try this Pesto Mayo directly on the bun.

Meal Prep Tips

Double the recipe and freeze half of the patties, uncooked on a baking sheet lined with parchment. Freeze for 2-3 hours and then transfer to freezer storage.

Prep once and cooking twice is my biggest hack for getting quick dinners on the table during a busy night.

4 photos showing the process of mixing ground turkey, making patties, and cooking turkey burgers in the air fryer.

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • Do not overmix the ingredients as it can lead to patties that are too soft and fall apart. Mix to the point where the burger seasoning is well-distributed and then form the patties.
  • Turkey does not shrink while cooking. Form patties that are true to size to fit the burger buns.
  • For best results: refrigerate patties for 1 hour or freeze for 20 minutes prior to cooking.
  • Preheating the air fryer will produce the best burgers.
  • You can omit the butter to make these burgers dairy-free.
two burgers on a plate lined with parchment.
a close up of an air fryer turkey burger with lettuce, cheese, and onion and another turkey burger behind it without a top bun.
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Air Fryer Turkey Burgers

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time13 mins
Total Time23 mins
Make the best air fryer turkey burgers with this easy and delicious recipe! A flavorful homemade burger seasoning makes super juicy and fast turkey burgers without even using the grill.

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place a piece of parchment on a small baking sheet or large plate.
  • In a large bowl combine turkey and Worcestershire sauce.
    1 lb ground turkey, 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Evenly sprinkle the burger seasoning over the turkey, and stir to combine until the seasoning is evenly distributed.
    1 tbsp cumin, 2 tsp Montreal Steak Seasoning, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp smoked paprika, 1 tsp ground black pepper, 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • Form into 3.5 to 5-inch wide patties that are about 1/3-1/2 inch thick.
  • Place on the parchment and make an indent with your thumb at least halfway through the middle of the patty.
  • Place a square of butter in each indent.
    1 tbsp butter
  • For best results: refrigerate for 1 hour or freeze for 20 minutes.
  • Preheat the air fryer at 400F for 4 minutes.
  • Brush the air fryer basket with olive oil or use air fryer parchment. Place the patties in the basket.
  • Cook at 400F for 10 minutes. Flip if they are browning too much.
  • Add cheese if using and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, or until an instant read thermometer reads 165F.
    4 slices cheese

Notes

  1. Do not overmix the ingredients as it can lead to patties that are too soft and fall apart. Mix to the point where the burger seasoning is well-distributed and then form the patties.
  2. For best results: refrigerate patties for 1 hour or freeze for 20 minutes prior to cooking.
  3. You can omit the butter to make these burgers dairy-free.
Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Turkey Burgers
Amount Per Serving (1 burger)
Calories 403 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Trans Fat 0.1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 98mg33%
Sodium 533mg23%
Potassium 506mg14%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 38g76%
Vitamin A 695IU14%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 297mg30%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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2 comments on “Air Fryer Turkey Burgers”

  1. Thank you for sharing this recipe!! My family loved it so much that they can’t stop talking about it. All because of you 🙂5 stars