Turkey Burgers with Caramelized Red Onions

Turkey Burgers with caramelized onions are juicy, flavorful, and healthy too. Ground turkey patties are perfectly flavored with herbs and seasoning and grilled or pan-fried.

two turkey burgers with caramelized onions and whole grain buns.

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What Makes This Recipe So Good?

Turkey burgers may be better for you than beef burgers, but they tend to be bland and dry. This recipe for Butterball turkey burgers finds the perfect solution by combining caramelized red onions with the meat.

In addition to contributing much-needed fat to the turkey patties, the caramelized onions lend a bit of sweetness with just a little bite to heighten the burger’s flavor profile. It’s the best turkey burger recipe and you’ll want to make it again and again.

Ingredients You Will Need for Ground Turkey Burgers

To make these grilled turkey burgers recipe, you’ll need:

  • Lean ground turkey breast
  • Egg
  • Parsley, chopped
  • Curry powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Hamburger buns – regular, wheat, or gluten free
turkey burgers and caramelized red onions ingredients on a tray.

Ingredient Notes

Have the butcher grind the turkey coarsely, if possible. It makes a difference in the texture of the burgers. If you don’t have a butcher who can do that for you, buy the coarsest ground turkey you can find.

Don’t use cheap rolls. The caramelized onions will turn soft buns into mush, and you’ll wind up with messy hands and disappointed diners. Kaiser rolls are perfect for this turkey burger recipe.

If you don’t want to make the caramelized onions, you can top your burger with any of the usual toppings – lettuce, tomato, pickle, mayonnaise, ketchup, and mustard.

How to Cook Turkey Burgers

To make this turkey burger recipe:

  1. Add olive oil to a pan or cast iron skillet over low to medium heat and sauté the onions for about 15 minutes. Don’t rush it. You are looking for tender, brown onions that are lusciously sweet.
caramelized red onions in a pan.
  1. Combine the turkey meat with the rest of the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Form the mixture into four equal patties. Place the patties on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. Let them sit for about five minutes to set up.
four uncooked turkey burger patties on a tray.
  1. Cook the burgers for about five minutes per side. You need to cook the burgers until they are well done. You can use an instant-read or meat thermometer to check for doneness (internal temp is 165°F).
  2. While the burgers are cooking, toast the buns on the grill.
  3. To serve, place the burger on the toasted bun and top with the caramelized onions.
two turkey burgers with caramelized red onions on parchment paper.

Seasonings To Use for Turkey Burgers

The seasonings in the recipe are great for burgers that will appeal to everyone. But one of the benefits of making homemade turkey burgers is that you can change the ingredients to suit your tastes. Why not get creative with seasonings or try one of these combinations?

  • Far East Turkey Burger. Gently mix an egg, two tablespoons of chopped cilantro, a tablespoon of Sriracha sauce, a tablespoon of hoisin sauce, and half a teaspoon of soy sauce with the turkey.
  • Greek Turkey Burger. Combine the ground turkey with a half cup of chopped spinach with a quarter cup of panko bread crumbs, a quarter cup of feta cheese, two tablespoons of chopped black olives, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, salt, pepper, and a squeeze of lemon.
  • Bacon Cheese Turkey Burger. Mix a quarter cup of cooked, chopped bacon, a quarter cup of shredded cheese, a quarter cup of panko bread crumbs, an egg, a tablespoon of chopped pickled jalapeños, a half teaspoon of garlic powder, salt, and pepper with the turkey meat.

What To Serve With Turkey Burgers on the Grill

French fries are the go-to side, but if you want to take things up a level, opt for sweet potato french fries instead. Sweet potatoes have a higher sugar content than ordinary potatoes and develop a lovely charred (not burnt) exterior when fried. The slightly bitter charring pairs incredibly well with the sweetness of these fries.

Healthier options include a salad or your favorite grilled vegetables.

Possible Cooking Variations

The best turkey burgers are cooked over a charcoal grill. The charcoal imparts the classic taste of a backyard burger that is impossible to recreate any other way. But don’t worry if you don’t have a charcoal grill. You can use a gas grill instead.

Too cold to go outside? Prepare this recipe inside using a grill pan or a cast-iron pan on the stove.

How To Store Leftovers

You can keep uncooked patties in the fridge for no longer than two days or freeze them for up to three months.

  1. Make the patties and place them between waxed butcher paper.
  2. If you are keeping them in the fridge, stack them in an airtight container.
  3. To freeze, place the patties on a baking tray in a single layer and freeze. Put frozen patties in a freezer bag.

Thaw the frozen patties in the refrigerator overnight. Cook the patties using your favorite method.

Put a cooked ground turkey burger in an airtight container and store it in the fridge for up to three days.

How to Reheat Turkey Burgers So They Are Not Dry

The best method of reheating a cooked turkey burger is in the oven.

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Place the thawed burgers directly on the grate with a baking tray underneath.
  3. Heat for three minutes, flip the burger and heat it for another two minutes.

You can also reheat a turkey burger in the microwave at 70% power for 2 to 3 minutes.

closeup of a turkey burger with caramelized red onions on a wheat bun.

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This recipe was submitted by long-standing Copykat.com member, Jacki Schklar. Jacki is a Video and Interactive Content Producer in Atlanta, Georgia. She is also a publisher of Funny Not Slutty, which features comedy for women created by female writers, producers, and comedians.

two turkey burgers with caramelized onions and whole grain buns.

Turkey Burgers with Caramelized Red Onions

Turkey burgers are a great lower fat alternative to ground beef. The caramelized onions on this burger makes them taste amazing.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Turkey Burgers
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 294kcal


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 red onion sliced
  • 1 pound ground turkey breast
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 hamburger buns


  • Sauté the onions in a pan with the olive oil over medium-low heat for about 15 minutes until the onions are glossy, soft, and browned. Stir about once a minute and watch constantly to keep them from burning. Set aside.
  • Mix the turkey with the remaining ingredients (except for the buns) and form the mixture into patties.
  • Grill or cook in a skillet with a little oil until the center is cooked through. Well done is best.
  • Place the burgers on the bottom buns, top with caramelized onions, and cover with the top buns.


Calories: 294kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 615mg | Potassium: 310mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 275IU | Vitamin C: 5.3mg | Calcium: 98mg | Iron: 2.5mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Laura

    5 stars
    This is a fabulous recipe. We choose this over actual hamburgers every time. Thank you ever so much for sharing!

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