Delicious homemade turkey burgers, with seasoning and rolled oats, are so much tastier than pre-made turkey burgers. Perfect on a bun or even cut up on a salad.

Turkey burger with all the fixings, on a plate with chips.

If the only turkey burgers you’ve ever had are the pre-formed frozen patties, you’re in for a treat! Homemade turkey burgers are way, way better! Much more flavorful and tender, with healthy rolled oats and egg mixed into the meat, there’s really no comparison. 

Eat your turkey burger like a normal burger, on a bun with your favorite toppings, or eat it plain. It’s almost like a mini meatloaf. Spread a little barbecue sauce on top, or sautéed onions and mushrooms and a slice of melted Swiss cheese.

I like to cut it up and put it on a salad with Thousand Island dressing. It’s my “special sauce” for burgers and it makes a tasty salad dressing, too. Never had a burger salad? It may sound a little weird but it’s actually really good. 

Burger on a plate with chips.

About these turkey burgers:

You may be thinking, Why go to the trouble of making your own burgers when you can just buy frozen turkey patties?

Better flavor and texture is the answer! While I admit you can’t beat the convenience, frozen turkey burgers are rather flavorless and can be pretty dry. When you add an egg, oats, grated onion, and seasoning, the turkey burger is juicy, tender, and so tasty!

Small glass bowls of ingredients including oats, egg, ground turkey, and spices.

If you’ve made meatloaf, the mixture for these burgers is kind of similar. I also love that you can add whatever flourishes you like. In the mood for Italian? Make pizza turkey burgers. How about Mexican? Make taco turkey burgers. Want to get fancy? Try mozzarella, tomato and basil stuffed turkey burgers

See what I mean? Homemade turkey burgers are just so much more fun and better tasting.

Just a note about the onion. I add half a medium sized onion to the mixture. Hubby doesn’t care for onion “chunks” so I grate the onion. Grating gives you a very fine mince without a lot of work. Grating onion also results in a little juice. Add that to the burgers, too, for more juicy flavor. 

Ingredients to make burgers with ground turkey in a bowl, not yet mixed.

Hey, now you have half an onion left over. Why not slice it and sauté it in a little butter to top your burger or salad? Yum!

Turkey burgers can be broiled in your oven on a foil covered sheet pan, or grilled. The mixture can be a little soft so make sure the grill grates are oiled and you don’t try to flip them too soon. I actually prefer doing them in the oven.

Try them with air fryer french fries!

Close up of a turkey burger on a bun with lettuce and tomato.

Make ahead idea: 

If you want to, make the patties ahead a day ahead and refrigerate or freeze them. They’ll be ready to cook up when you’re ready to eat. Or cook them up and freeze them. Reheat gently in the microwave. For best results, frozen burgers should be thawed overnight in the fridge.

Burger on a bun on a plate, more in background.

How to fill a bun

There’s more than one way to fill a bun. Try:

Close up of a seasoned turkey burger on a whole wheat bun with lettuce and tomatoes.

Turkey Burgers

Yield: 4 burgers
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Delicious homemade turkey burgers, with seasoning and rolled oats, are so much tastier than pre-made turkey burgers. Perfect on a bun or cut up on a salad.


  • 1 1/4 pounds ground turkey
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried parsley (if using fresh, double the amount)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Grate the onion over a large bowl, catching all the juices. You could mince the onion if you prefer.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients, mixing well. (Use your hands but don't over-mix).
  3. Separate meat into four portions, roll into a ball, and flatten into a patty.
  4. Grill or broil until cooked all the way through, about 7 minutes per side. Internal temperature should be 165°F when instant read thermometer is inserted into the center of the burger.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1 burger
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 410Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 197mgSodium: 214mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 38g sometimes provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietitian. Please consult a medical professional for any specific nutrition, diet, or allergy advice.

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