Grill Turkey Burgers with Pickled Onions

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5 from 1 vote
This Grill Turkey Burgers with Pickled Onions recipe is packed full of flavor and is so tender and juicy you will not believe it is a turkey burger.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Grilled Turkey Burgers with Pickled Onions on a white plate with chips in the background.

This Grill Turkey Burgers with Pickled Onions recipe is packed full of flavor and is so tender and juicy you will not believe it is a turkey burger.

Grilled Turkey Burgers with Pickled Onions on a white plate with chips in the background.

The grill turkey burgers recipe below is perfect for people who think that turkey burgers are dry, boring and not very flavorful. This much maligned protein has been revamped by adding some key ingredients and topping them with these fabulous quick pickled onions recipe.

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What We Love About This Turkey Burger Recipe

You get all of the amazing flavor with these burgers but little or guilt that you may have by eating a beef burger. Making they a perfect light but protein packed meal. Turkey is full of health benefits, check it out.

  • 30 Minute Meal: Make the pickled onions and burgers in advance and grill when you are ready.
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry, no fussy hard to find ingredients.
  • Family Friendly: Everyone will love the different taste of these pickled onions.
  • Adaptable: Can make it low-carb or dairy free if you like.
A view of the pickled onions on top of the burger.

Ingredient Notes

Pickled Onions

  • Red Wine Vinegar: To give that vinegar tang.
  • Brown Sugar: Adds balance to the vinegar.
  • Seasoning: all spice and salt.
  • Red Onion: halved and very thinly sliced

Grilled Turkey Burger

  • Ground Turkey: Try not to get one too lean, a little fat will lock in the moisture.
  • Fresh Parsley: A little fresh goes a long way in adding flavor.
  • Cumin: The warmth of this spice enhances the turkey burgers recipe.
  • Buns: Whole wheat or your favorite roll.
  • Provolone Cheese: Adds a buttery sharp note to the burgers.
Ground turkey, buns, onions and seasonings to make the pickled onions.

Equipment Needed for Grill Turkey Burgers

How to Make Easy Turkey Burger Recipe

These are the basic steps for making grill turkey burgers. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions and calories.

Picture showing how to make the burger patties.

STEP 1: PICKLED ONIONS

First, combine vinegar, brown sugar, salt and all spice in a medium microwave safe bowl.   Then microwave on high for 3-4 minutes or until the mixture boils. Add onions and toss to coat.  Let sit for at least 30 minutes.

STEP 2: GRILL TURKEY BURGER

Meanwhile, preheat your grill and prepare the burgers, combine the turkey, parsley, cumin, pepper, salt and all spice in a large bowl.  Mix until combined.  Next, form mixture into four patties. 

STEP 3: GRILL

Brush patties with canola oil and grill directly on the grill grates until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees on a meat thermometer.  The time to cook this burger should be about ten to twelve minutes, flip once during this process. Top with cheese and serve on buns.

Cooking the burgers on the grill and then adding the cheese and pickled onions,

Prep and Storage Tips

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

These burgers can be mixed and formed the day before and then kept in the refrigerator in an airtight container until ready to grill.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Store wrapped well in foil or in an airtight container. Use the cooked burger within 4 days of making them.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

Form the burger patties and then place on a baking sheet in the freezer for an hour, then remove from the freezer and wrap the individual patties in freezer paper or wax paper and place in a freezer bag or container. Pull out individual burgers as you need them.

HOW TO REHEAT THIS RECIPE

Microwave the leftover cooked turkey burger on a medium high heat for 2 to 3 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE HEALTHIER?

Replace the bun with lettuce to form a lettuce wrap or try a gluten free hamburger bun.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE DIFFERENT CHEESE?

Of course, if you are not a fan of provolone cheese, use your favorite. Cheddar Cheese, Swiss cheese etc.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Yes, simply increase the ingredients for the amount that you need. This recipe is great for a crowd.

WHY IS MY TURKEY BURGER DRY?

The key complaint about turkey burgers is that are dry. Therefore, there are a few secrets such as never press down on your turkey burger patties, never cut into your burger to see if it is done and take off the grill as soon as the internal temperature of 165 is reached for optimum flavor.

Grilled Turkey Burgers with Pickled Onions cheese and lettuce added.

Expert Tips for Making This Turkey Burger Mixture Recipe

  • Different Oil: There is no need to use Conola oil, try olive oil or avocado oil or any high smoke point oil. Try not to use cooking spray as some grill manufactures do not recommend.
  • Add your Favorites: Lettuce, tomato, pickles, ketchup or mustard.
  • Short cut tip: Feel free to add as many tips as you need in this section
  • Variation tip: Grated onion can be used if you do not want big slices.
  • Alternate ingredient: A splash of Worcestershire sauce will add a real umami flavor to your lean ground turkey. Or try garlic powder and onion powder for more flavor.
  • Alternate cooking method tip: Feel free to make these inside with your favorite grill pan.

What to Serve with Grill Turkey Burgers

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Grilled Turkey Burgers with Pickled Onions on a white plate with chips in the background.
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Turkey Burgers with Pickled Onions

Yield: 4 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
This Grill Turkey Burgers with Pickled Onions recipe is packed full of flavor and is so tender and juicy you will not believe it is a turkey burger.
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Ingredients

Pickled Onions

  • 1 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon all spice
  • 1 small red onion, halved and very thinly sliced

Turkey Burgers

  • 1 pound Shadybrook Farms ground turkey
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon all spice
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 4 slices Provolone cheese
  • 4 whole wheat buns

Instructions

Pickled Onions

  • Combine vinegar, brown sugar, salt and all spice in a medium microwave safe bowl.
  • Microwave on high for 3-4 minutes or until the mixture boils. You can also bring the mixture to a boil in a saucepan on the stove.
  • Add onions and toss to coat.
  • Let stand for at least 30 minutes.

Turkey Burgers

  • Combine the turkey, parsley, cumin, pepper, salt and all spice in a large bowl.
  • Mix until combined; form mixture into four patties.
  • Brush patties with canola oil and grill until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
  • Top with cheese and serve on buns.

Expert Tips

  • Different Oil: There is no need to use Conola oil, try olive oil or avocado oil or any high smoke point oil. Try not to use cooking spray as some grill manufactures do not recommend.
  • Add your Favorites: Lettuce, tomato, pickles, ketchup or mustard.
  • Short cut tip: Feel free to add as many tips as you need in this section
  • Variation tip: Grated onion can be used if you do not want big slices.
  • Alternate ingredient: A splash of Worcestershire sauce will add a real umami flavor to your lean ground turkey. Or try garlic powder and onion powder for more flavor.
  • Alternate cooking method tip: Feel free to make these inside with your favorite grill pan.
 
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: burger, grill

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