healthy grilled turkey burger recipe

Healthy Grilled Turkey Burger Recipe

Tired of fatty burgers and hot dogs? Here’s a healthy grilled turkey burger recipe to add to your camping menu…

Don’t forget to add healthy turkey burgers to your menu this camping and grilling season! Juicy turkey burgers make a great healthy alternative to beef burgers that you can cook on an outdoor grill just as easily.

This turkey burger recipe gives you a lighter option that’s still packed with flavor. It uses simple ingredients and a few cooking tricks to give you the best results. 

So, if you’re on a low-calorie diet or enjoy healthy eating, give these juicy grilled turkey burgers a try on your next camping trip! You can jump straight to the recipe card, but we highly recommend reading the quick tips below first.

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Some Quick Tips for the BEST Turkey Burgers

Turkey burger patties can be a bit difficult to handle and to grill. So, we have a few tricks up our sleeves that can help you, too. Here’s a quick rundown of these tips and tricks:

Use Ground Turkey Thighs

The secret behind a JUICY turkey burger is using ground turkey thighs (93% lean) instead of ground turkey breasts. Extra lean ground turkey can have as little as 1% fat, but your turkey burgers won’t be as flavorful or juicy. 93% is still quite lean, and we think a happy compromise between health and flavor.

Prepare Them In Advance

You can prepare the ground turkey and form patties in advance. You can refrigerate or freeze the patties in an airtight container, separating each patty with wax paper. Then, pack them for your camping trip! 

Moisten Your Hands

Lightly moisten your clean hands with water when shaping your turkey patties. The raw patties won’t stick to your fingers as much.

Give Them a Cute Dimple

Turkey burgers sometimes puff up in the middle while grilling, making it a pain to add toppings later. To prevent this, press a dimple on the top of the raw patties with your thumb.

Oil the Grill Grates

Turkey burgers love to stick to grill grates. To avoid this, oil your grill grates liberally with cooking spray or by dipping a paper towel in oil and rubbing it on using grill tongs to hold the paper towel.

Cook While Chilled

Turkey burgers are also known for falling apart on the grill. A great way to avoid this is to not fuss over the burgers. Be patient and only flip the burgers once. Another helpful tip is to put the patties on while they’re still chilled from the fridge. If they feel close to room temperature by the time you finish prepping them, put them in your RV fridge for 10-20 minutes.

Opt for a Grill Pan

If you don’t want to chance losing turkey meat to the bottom of your grill, you can opt for a grill pan. It’s also a great option if you want to cook directly over the campfire or on your RV’s stove. But you shouldn’t have to worry about crumbly turkey burgers with our turkey burgers recipe.

How to Tell When They’re Done

The best way to tell when turkey burgers are done is to use a meat thermometer. We recommend using an instant-read thermometer so they don’t overcook while you’re trying to read the temp! 

According to the USDA, the safe internal temperature for turkey burgers (& all poultry) is 165 degrees FHowever, we recommend removing the patties at 160 degrees F because they will continue to cook for a few minutes off the grill. That’s another secret to getting a juicy burger vs. a dried-out burger!

By the way, you can salvage dry turkey burgers with this Alabama White BBQ Sauce!

The Yummy Recipe

By the way, if you end up with any leftover turkey meat, we highly suggest putting it to good use in our Easy Taco Soup Recipe or Leftover Hamburger Patties Casserole.

Healthy Grilled Turkey Burger Recipe

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The secret behind a juicy turkey burger is 93% lean turkey meat and a few prepping and cooking tricks. We share those tricks with you in this delicious healthy turkey burger recipe.

P.S. Our Alabama White BBQ Sauce goes great with these turkey burgers!


  • 1 lb 1 93% lean ground turkey thighs

  • 1 Tbsp 1 olive oil mayonnaise

  • 1 Tbsp 1 Dijon mustard

  • 1 tsp 1 garlic powder

  • 1 tsp 1 onion powder

  • 1 tsp 1 smoked paprika

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 salt

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 black pepper

  • cooking oil


  • In a medium bowl, combine all of the ingredients (except the cooking oil or spray). Mix only well enough to combine the ingredients. Overworking the meat can lead to dry burgers.
  • Moisten your clean hands to separate the meat mixture more easily into 4 equal portions and form patties. Again, try not to overwork the meat. Press a dimple into the top of each patty with your thumb to prevent the middle from puffing up while cooking.
  • Place the patties in the fridge or freezer while you heat the grill to about 450 degrees F (medium-high heat). Chilled patties hold their form better than room-temperature patties.
  • Once the grill is preheated, set your patties next to the grill and oil the grill grates liberally by dipping a paper towel in cooking oil and rubbing the grill grates using grill tongs to hold the paper towel. Then place the patties on the grill.
  • Do not fuss over the patties. Let them cook for 5-6 minutes, then gently flip them. Cook until your meat thermometer reads an internal temp of 160 degrees F (about 5 more minutes). Let the patties rest for 2-3 minutes; their internal temp will continue to rise to the safe 165 degrees.
  • While the patties are resting, prepare your buns and favorite toppings! Try topping with Alabama White BBQ sauce– it’s delicious!



  • You can make the patties in advance before your camping trip. Simply store them in an airtight container, separating each patty with wax paper. Keep in the fridge for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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