The Best Turkey Burger

These classic Ground Turkey Burger's are a family favorite and super simple to make. Not to mention super juicy, delicious and a secret ingredient for added nutrition. 

I may be pretty proficient in the kitchen, but when things get really crazy and I need something quick and easy that everyone loves. During those weeks when our food supply drops to dangerously low levels because I've had a crazy few days, and I can't make it to the supermarket, I get lucky with some ground turkey I've stowed away in the freezer. A great trick is keeping frozen meat ready to go when you've got a bare refrigerator and pantry. My go-to with ground turkey are these incredibly delicious and juicy turkey burgers!

I always try to keep a bunch of simple foods in the freezer like shrimp, vegetables, and meat, so at the very least we can quickly defrost something to have for dinner. The night I first unveiled this turkey burger recipe everyone's eyes lit up! We all got to choose our favorite topping and enjoy burger night as a family. Naturally any time we have burgers we have to make some Air Fryer French Fries which everyone gobbles up really fast. 

The secret ingredient in thee turkey burgers is oatmeal. It might sound weird, but oatmeal adds some extra nutrition to these burgers, which I love. I of course put out lots of toppings so everyone can jazz up their burgers as they please. While I like my mine with tons of pickles, Chloe prefers sauerkraut, Gemma desires a dip of ketchup, while hubbie and Kenya prefer a veggie burger these days. But however you enjoy them these burgers are a no brainer for last minute, healthy, weeknight meal!

Any day of the week these turkey burgers are a great choice! What's your favorite type of burger?

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The Best Turkey Burger (makes 8 mini patties)

Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 6 mins

nut free

dairy free


  • 1/3 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon oil


1. Grind the oats in a food processor or blender until finely ground.

2. In a bowl, mix together the oats, turkey, egg, garlic powder, onion powder and salt until thoroughly combined.

3. Divide the mixture into 8 equal pieces and form into patties.

4. Heat the oil in a sauté pan over medium heat and cook the patties for 2-3 minutes on each side.


ketchup, mustard, sauerkraut, mayonaise, pickles, lettuce, tomato, sliced onion

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.

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  • Nicole Roth

    I have two young boys and love a lot of your ideas for feeding young kids. I just thought I would point out a recent health scare with ground turkey - 90% of ground turkey was found to have dangerous amounts of bacteria. Also, since you said your daughter seems naturally inclined to be a vegetarian, what about trying \"Meatless Mondays?\" Businesses and schools around the country are cutting out meat on Mondays in order to provide more nutritious meals, help the environment, and animals. Here are some ideas:

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    • Catherine

      Thank you so much for your comments and suggestion! I LOVE meatless Mondays and often participate. We don't eat a ton of meat in our house anyway. This is a recipe that's been on my mind for a while now and I just couldn't wait to share it!

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    • Catherine

      Also, I strongly suggest (and do so for my family) buying organic, antibiotic-free meats and eggs! Foods raised in a more natural and healthy way tend to have far less dangers of bacteria and other food borne illnesses than things grown with pesticides and antibiotics!

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  • D

    This is perfect since I just defrosted ground Turkey from our Saturday Farmer's market! Great timing.

    The other night I had nothing in the house and had to make dinner in a pinch. I remembered that in my broke 20's I used to love bean and cheese burritos. So I made a simple meal of bean and cheese burritos - rice and veggies on the side (left-overs). The burritos were so delicious and nobody complained about the lack of meat.

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  • Grace Gilroy

    Wow.... This is awsome! Nothing like Simple and Delicious! ! I wonder what other recipes she's got under her sleeve... Come on Nilva, give us more...

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  • Emily Maron

    I make almost this very same receipe, but I always just throw the oats in as they are. I love the idea of grinding them up first. Thanks!

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  • Tracy

    Can you defrost the ground meat more quickly than letting it sit in the fridge overnight? Thanks for the recipe!

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  • Gaby

    Looks like my kinda turkey burger!

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  • Kelly Senyei Just Taste

    Love these little bite-size snacks!

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  • Lisa With Style And Grace

    love how simple these are!

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  • Allison Reed

    Any suggestions for egg substitute? I'm thinking it's binding everything together so can I just leave it out?

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  • Sue

    I used my bullet to pulverize the oats!!! Simple and delicious!!

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  • Menlow

    I'm having a hard time forming these into patties. The mixture is wet, and sticks to my hands. Any suggestions?

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    • Catherine

      Wet your hands with a little water!

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  • NG

    Made these tonight and they were a huge hit. I used quick cooking oats and didn't grind them up. Thanks for the recipe.

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  • Jennifer Sullivan

    These look great! Can you grill them instead of sautéing?

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  • Schoner

    I have tried several turkey burger recipes over the years and generally receive a lukewarm reaction from my family. Last night, I tried Nilva's recipe. Everyone loved them! Even my 7 year old ate the whole burger! This recipe is a keeper!

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  • Adianez

    Can't wait to try this, but are three minutes sufficient to cook the patties thoroughly? Im a bit paranoid when cooking for our little one, and I think I tend to over cook stuff, but just curious if 3 min is long enough.

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