Mmm, mmm, these were good. Really good. I’ve actually never attempted to make turkey burgers at home before. We are all about slapping a few beef burgers on the grill often through the summer but I really wanted to give turkey burgers a try.

These burgers were beyond flavorful and oh so tender and juicy. My husband actually loved them, too, which is quite a feat since he is a classic red meat kind of a guy.

The recipe comes from Emeril’s new cookbook, Emeril at the Grill. It has some incredibly fantastic and delicious-looking recipes and I can’t wait to try a few others (like the BBQ Ribs and the Grilled Banana Splits – seriously!).

The original recipe for these is actually for turkey sliders but I altered the recipe a bit to fit my family’s numbers and tastes.

What To ServeServed with avocado and tomato – these were delicious!

Southwestern Turkey Burgers

Southwestern Turkey Burgers


  • 2 pounds ground turkey (I used one 1.1 pound package of ground turkey breast meat and another 1.1 pound package of ground dark turkey)
  • 1/2 cup minced red onion
  • 1/4 cup minced green onion, white and green parts
  • 2 egg whites, whisked
  • 1 teaspoon ground chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • dash cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • Garnishes: avacado, tomato, lettuce, cheddar cheese, red onions


  1. Preheat a grill to medium-high.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey with the minced red onion, green onion, egg whites, seasonings and worcestershire sauce. Mix gently but thoroughly. Divide the mixture into six equal portions and shape them into burgers.
  3. Place the burgers on the grill and cook until the turkey is just done (about 4 minutes per side) and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center registers 165 degrees.
  4. Serve the burgers on buns and top with garnishes.

Recipe Source: adapted from Emeril at the Grill

22 Responses to Southwestern Turkey Burgers

  1. Jennifer Hoffman says:

    We’ve been making batches of these on Sunday nights to use in sandwiches for the week instead of store-bought lunchmeat. This is a much tastier and less expensive alternative! I’ve found this recipe gives us much moister patties than other turkey burger recipes I’ve tried. No need to drench them in ketchup or BBQ sauce.

  2. stephanie says:

    It was great to have another version of turkey burgers to make, as I had never included these seasonings in my burgers before. Next time I will add salt!

    Also – I had always added bread crumbs to my turkey burgers because I just assumed they needed it. Now that I’ve tried yours, I realize they don’t! Tonight we had these southwestern burgers as well as your “perfect” turkey burgers. It was a good opportunity to test out the difference in using egg or not. I think the end texture was the same, but the version without the egg was easier to handle before they were cooked.

  3. Hillary, Jonathan and Lincoln says:

    I want to put these on my menu for this week, but we’re apartment dwellers, so no grill. Do you think they’d be okay in the skillet?

  4. Allison says:

    We made these last night – so yummy! The turkey was so moist and tender. And the avocado made it even tastier. Thank you!

  5. Patsyk says:

    Looks like a great burger! I’ve never made turkey burgers either, but should since they have to be a bit healthier!

  6. Melanie says:

    Vanilla and Thyme – that is extremely interesting about the ice water trick. I wonder what that does – maybe helps the burgers retain their shape? Did you try it? Let me know.

  7. Carmie says:

    Just found your site and already have looked at several recipes I want to try. I too have many tried and true, but am always having fun trying some new ones.

  8. Melanie says:

    Hillary and Jonathon – I definitely think these would be fine in the skillet!

  9. teresa says:

    Oooh, these look good, I’m always surprised at how much I enjoy ground turkey too. It’s such a great meat to cook with.

  10. Amy says:

    Thanks so much for all you post… I look at your site almost daily…. How did the boys eat this meal?? I am looking for meals that all 5 of us will eat and right now my list is pretty small (however, your sweet and sour chicken is on the list 🙂

  11. Justin says:

    sounds like a good one for summer grilling

  12. My Sister's Kitchen says:

    I’ll have to give these a try. I love turkey burgers but haven’t gotten my husband onboard yet.

  13. Jschmalle says:

    I’m so glad you posted this recipe. My husband and I have made a “lifestyle” change in our diet and I always use ground Turkey instead of ground beef (I prefer the texture of Turkey). But my husband is a total beef burger man. As soon as I started cooking with it he was amazed how good it tastes, and so juicy! I use it for anything that calls for ground beef and it always turns out amazing, sometimes even better. But we especially love Turkey Burgers! Thanks for the recipe.

  14. Margaret says:

    for winter my favorite turkey burger (on the skillet-it doesn’t do well on the grill):

    1 lb ground turkey
    a few shakes of dried onions
    1-2 cloves minced garlic

    mix, fry. Serve with basil mayo:
    1/4 c mayo
    1-2 tsp dijon mustard
    1 tsp dried basil.

    These things rock!

  15. Heidi says:

    I have some turkey burger in the freezer that is calling out to be made into these burgers! I love turkey burgers, but my husband is a beef man.

  16. Melanie says:

    Allison – so glad you liked these! And I agree, the avocado makes them divine. Thanks for checking in!

  17. Melanie says:

    Margaret, thanks for the turkey recipe. It looks fantastic!

  18. Leslie says:

    I know Turkey is sooo much better for you than beef, but I am always scared that if I use it to make a burger it will be dry. I am glad to know they were nice and juicy

  19. Loralee and the gang... says:

    Yummy! What a great aternative

  20. grace says:

    “southerwestern” is a word that makes me automatically interested in a given recipe. this one definitely sounds like a winner–good for emeril, and good for you!

  21. Sara says:

    Mmmm, this recipe looks great. I love turkey burgers but my hubby isn’t a huge fan. Maybe with the southwestern flavors, I can sneak this past him and into our menu! 🙂

  22. Vanilla and Thyme says:

    I just bought everything to make turkey burgers tonight on the grill, and am definitely motivated after reading your post. Emeril was on Good Morning American today, and he put his turkey sliders into ice water (raw) before grilling. Don’t know about this one, but I’m willing to give it a try- I love your pictures and recipes!

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