Housewarming Turkey Burgers

Housewarming Turkey Burgers

With grilling season in full-swing, these turkey burgers deserve a spot at your next BBQ!

Turkey burgers often get a bad rap for being dry and flavorless. Usually to combat the dryness, I would add an egg to the patty mixture. The only problem? I found that unless I also added a bunch of bread crumbs, the patties would just fall apart – not ideal for grilling. These burgers are egg-free, yet remain moist thanks to the tomato paste (or ketchup, up to you), soy sauce, and worcestershire sauce. And the bread crumbs? Only 1/4 cup!


I first made these burgers last year at our housewarming (more like apartment-warming) party. We went from living in a 400 sq ft apartment that had only one closet in the whole place to an apartment twice the size that is in a facility with courtyards, grills, a pool, outdoor fireplaces, and a gym. Major step-up in life 😉 While the gym is awesome, as is having two closets, my favorite part is the outdoor space. There is nothing like coming home, grilling, and just hanging out on a warm summer night after a day of being cooped up in a hospital working.

Grilled with avo

In addition to these turkey burgers at our housewarming, we also served ahi tuna that Bry actually caught on a deep-sea fishing trip earlier that summer. While it’s hard to compete with freshly caught fish, these turkey burgers were still a hit! These burgers are so flavorful that I didn’t need anything more than a few slices of avocado on top to enjoy. However, Bry recommends serving them with a mixture of mayo and sriracha. Regardless of what condiment(s) you want, if you’re looking for a healthy option to bring to your next BBQ, make a batch of these turkey burgers – I promise they will be well-received!

Grilled turkey burger 2

Housewarming Turkey Burgers

With grilling season in full-swing, these turkey burgers deserve a spot at your next BBQ!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Burger, Grill, Healthy, Turkey
Servings: 4
Calories: 375kcal
Author: The Healthy Toast


  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup quick cooking oats or bread crumbs I prefer the oats
  • 2 Tbs tomato paste you can also use Ketchup, I’ve made it both ways and honestly don’t have a preference
  • 1 Tbs lemon juice
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • Pinch of salt and pepper to taste
  • Whole wheat buns
  • Toppings of choice


  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine turkey, oats, tomato paste, lemon juice, soy sauce, and worcestershire sauce. Add in seasonings and combine well. Divide into 4 patties.
  • Let sit in the fridge for 30 minutes to let the flavors really sink in.
  • Heat grill on high. Once heated, add burgers and close the lid. Let cook for 5 minutes, flip, then cook another 3-5 minutes or until cooked through.
  • Remove patties and place on bun. Add toppings of choice and enjoy!


Nutrition per 1/4 lb burger (includes whole wheat bun): 375 calories, 14 g fat, 24 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 38 g protein

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  • Sonali- The Foodie Physician AvatarSonali- The Foodie Physician6 years ago

    I totally agree that turkey burgers can be dry but these look phenomenal! They sound super flavorful and I know they would be absolutely perfect for a summer BBQ!

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