Air Fryer Turkey Burgers

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These air fryer turkey burgers are extra juicy and tender, and cook up in no time at all! They make a fabulously fast and healthy weeknight dinner.

air fryer turkey burgers.

If you’ve tried our air fryer hamburgers before, you’ll no doubt love making turkey burgers in them as well.

Like our turkey meatballs, they use ground turkey and make a classic a little bit healthier without sacrificing on flavor!

Why this recipe works 

  • Healthy. Ground turkey is one of the leanest and healthiest protein options available (we use it in our meatloaf and crustless pizza).
  • Mess-free. Unlike using a skillet or grill, air frying burgers cut out tons of mess and oil splatter!
  • Quick and easy. From prep to plate, these burgers come together in less than 10 minutes.

What I love about this recipe is just how perfectly juicy they turn out every single time. Pair them with other air fryer favorites like some air fryer french fries, sweet potato fries, or even potato wedges for the ultimate family-friendly meal.

Ingredients needed

Besides the turkey and some spices, there isn’t much else that goes into this recipe. Here is what you’ll need:

  • Turkey. I like using lean ground turkey but standard turkey also works.
  • Salt and pepper. To taste. 
  • Garlic powder. Adds flavor. 
  • Smoked paprika. To taste. 
  • Olive oil. For air frying. 
  • Worcestershire sauce. A must for any good burger patty.

How to air fry turkey burgers 

Step 1: Make the burger mixture

In a large mixing bowl, add all your ingredients and mix it well till all the spices and Worcestershire sauce are evenly blended into the ground turkey.

turkey burger mixture.

Step 2: Shape into patties

Start off by slightly wetting your hands to keep patties from sticking. Take a handful/ mound of the mixture and begin shaping it into a round burger patty. Repeat this process until you have four patties.

After preheating the air fryer to 180C.350F and greasing the air fryer basket, place the turkey burger patties in it.

turkey burgers in air fryer.

Step 3: Air fry the turkey burger patties

Air fry the turkey burgers for 12 minutes, flipping halfway through. Before you assemble your burger, let the patties sit for 5 minutes for them to retain the juices. 

air fried turkey burgers.

Will this work with frozen turkey burgers? 

If you don’t want to make burgers from scratch, you can use pre-made frozen turkey burgers.

There is no need to thaw these before adding them to the air fryer. Simply grease an air fryer basket then add the frozen turkey burger patties. Air fry at 200C/400F for 10 minutes, flipping halfway through. 

Air fryer turkey burgers cooking time

With this recipe, you can have them ready in less than 15 minutes. But, the cooking time varies depending upon the weight as given below: 

  • 4-ounce burger: 8-9 minutes.
  • 5-ounce burger: 9-10 minutes.
  • 6-ounce burger: 10-12 minutes.

For anything more than 6 ounces, add 3 minutes for every ounce from there. 

Tips to make the best recipe

  • If you don’t have ground turkey on hand, you can make your own by adding turkey breast fillets into a food processor and blending it down.
  • To maintain the firm shape of the turkey patties, keep the meat in the refrigerator for some time. 
  • Always check the internal temperature of the patties to see if it’s cooked.

Storage instructions 

To store. Keep leftovers in the refrigerator, covered, for up to five days.

To freeze. Place the cooked and cooled burgers in a shallow container and store them in the freezer for up to 6 months.

To reheat. You can reheat turkey burgers for 4 to 5 minutes in your air fryer.  

turkey burgers air fryer.

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Frequently asked questions 

How long do you air fry frozen turkey burgers? 

Frozen turkey burgers take around 9-10 minutes to cook.

Is this recipe gluten-free?

Due to Worcestershire sauce, this recipe is not gluten-free. However, you can swap it out for a gluten-free sauce or soy sauce.

Do I need to thaw frozen turkey burgers before air frying? 

No, there is no need to thaw frozen turkey burgers before air frying. Simply add them to a preheated air fryer directly from the freezer. 

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Air Fryer Turkey Burgers

5 from 13 votes
These air fryer turkey burgers are extra juicy and tender, and cook up in no time at all! They make a fabulously fast and healthy weeknight dinner.
Servings: 4 burgers
Prep: 1 min
Cook: 12 mins
Total: 13 mins

Ingredients  

Instructions 

  • Add all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix well.
  • Lightly wet your hands and shape the mixture into four turkey burger patties.
  • Add the turkey burgers to a greased air fryer basket and air fry at 180C/350F for 12 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  • Let the burgers rest for 5 minutes before assembling them into burgers. 

Notes

TO STORE: Keep leftovers in the refrigerator, covered, for up to five days.
TO FREEZE: Place the cooked and cooled burgers in a shallow container and store them in the freezer for up to 6 months.
TO REHEAT: You can reheat turkey burgers for 4 to 5 minutes in your air fryer.  

Nutrition

Serving: 1turkey burgerCalories: 161kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 27gFat: 6gSodium: 368mgPotassium: 355mgFiber: 0.1gVitamin A: 92IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 7mgIron: 1mgNET CARBS: 1g
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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