These air fryer turkey burgers are perfectly flavorful and juicy. They cook up in minutes and make a quick and easy weeknight meal everyone will love!
The burgers come out just as juicy and succulent as these air fryer turkey meatballs and they cook up in 12 minutes! Additionally, they are also low-carb, gluten-free, and go great with just about any starchy, crunchy side dish!
Why you’ll love this air fryer turkey burger recipe
- Quick and easy: they cook up quickly in about 12 minutes.
- Juicy and flavorful: the turkey burgers come out so moist and loaded with amazing flavor every time!
- Healthy: this burger recipe is gluten-free, low-carb, dairy-free, and so delicious!
- Mess-free: with the use of the air fryer you don’t have to stand over a stove cooking them and dealing with that splatter. Which is great!
Ingredients you will need
- Ground turkey: I recommend 93/7 or any ground turkey you like.
- Chili sauce: gives these turkey burgers the most amazing hint of spice that is just everything.
- Tamari/soy sauce: adds some salty, meaty flavor and moisture to the burgers. SAN-J is my favorite.
- Seasoning: garlic powder, onion powder, dried parsley, and pepper, to give the burgers incredible flavor.
- Olive oil: just a little extra virgin olive oil helps the burgers get this golden outer crust on them that is everything!
How to cook turkey burgers in the air fryer
- Combine and Mix: Add all of the ingredients to a medium-sized mixing bowl and mix well to combine.
- Form the turkey burgers: Form the burger mixture into 4 even-size turkey burger patties that are about ½ cup each and place them onto a clean plate. Chill the formed burger patties in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to help them hold together as they cook.
- Cook the burgers: Preheat the air fryer to 355 degrees F and spray the air fryer basket with non-aerosol cooking spray. Place the burgers in a single layer (not touching) into the air fryer and cook them for 12 minutes.
- Serve: Once the burgers are ready, remove them from the air fryer, let them rest, and serve them with your favorite burger toppings.
Pro tip! Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the turkey burgers. The internal temperature should reach 165°F to ensure that they are fully cooked.
Can you use frozen turkey burgers?
Yes, you can! Here is how to cook frozen turkey burgers in the air fryer:
- Preheat your air fryer to 375°F.
- Remove the frozen turkey burgers from the packaging and place them in the air fryer basket. Do not overcrowd the basket.
- If desired, season the burgers with salt and pepper.
- Cook the turkey burgers in the air fryer for 10-12 minutes, flipping them halfway through the cooking time.
- Check the internal temperature of the burgers with a meat thermometer. The internal temperature should reach 165°F to ensure the burgers are fully cooked.
- Serve the turkey burgers immediately, either on a bun or as desired.
Note: Cooking times may vary depending on the brand and size of your air fryer, as well as the thickness of the turkey burgers. It’s always a good idea to check the internal temperature of the burgers to ensure they are fully cooked.
Cooking times for air fryer turkey burgers
Here are some recommended cooking times for cooking turkey burgers in the air fryer.
- 4 ounces: 10-12 minutes
- 5 ounces: 11-13 minutes
- 6 ounces: 12-14 minutes
If your burgers are larger than 6 ounces then add 2-3 minutes of cooking time per ounce.
Substitutions and variations
- Asian-inspired turkey burgers: For an Asian twist, substitute the chili sauce with Sriracha and the parsley with cilantro. You can also add grated ginger and chopped scallions to the turkey mixture. Serve the burgers with sliced cucumber and carrot, and a drizzle of hoisin sauce.
- Greek-style turkey burgers: For a Mediterranean twist, substitute the Tamari with Greek yogurt and the chili sauce with tzatziki sauce. Add crumbled feta cheese and chopped spinach to the turkey mixture. Serve the burgers on a toasted pita with sliced tomato and red onion.
- Italian-style turkey burgers: For an Italian twist, substitute the Tamari with balsamic vinegar and the chili sauce with tomato sauce. Add chopped sun-dried tomatoes, minced garlic, and Italian seasoning to the turkey mixture. Serve the burgers on a toasted bun with mozzarella cheese and sliced tomato. Yum!
Tips for Success
- Use lean ground turkey: Turkey burgers can be dry if they contain too much fat, so it’s important to use lean ground turkey for this recipe. Look for ground turkey with a fat content of 90% or higher.
- Don’t overmix: make sure to just mix the meat and other ingredients to combine them. Mixing them too much will make the burgers tough and not as tender and juicy.
- Shape the burgers evenly: To ensure that the turkey burgers cook evenly, shape them into patties of the same thickness. Make sure the burgers are not too thick, as they may take longer to cook. I like to use a ½ cup measuring cup to portion out the meat mixture into even amounts and then form them into patties.
- Do not overcrowd the air fryer basket: Place the turkey burgers in the air fryer basket without overcrowding them. Overcrowding the basket can prevent the burgers from cooking evenly.
- Add some cheese: if you prefer cheese on your burgers then add some cheese to the top of the burgers for the last 2 minutes of cooking time to melt it.
- Classic burger: Serve your turkey burger on a toasted bun with lettuce, tomato, onion, and your favorite condiments such as ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise. You can also add cheese for extra flavor.
- Mediterranean-inspired burger: Top your turkey burger with crumbled feta cheese, sliced cucumber, tomato, red onion, and a dollop of tzatziki sauce. Serve on a toasted bun or in a pita pocket.
- Southwestern-style burger: Top your turkey burger with guacamole, roasted green chiles, sliced tomato, and a drizzle of chipotle mayo. Serve on a toasted bun or on a bed of lettuce.
- Burger bowl-style: Serve it over a bed of greens, and top all your favorite burger toppings drizzled with special sauce.
Storing and reheating instructions
Storing: keep any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Freezing: Let the burgers cool completely, transfer them to a freezer-friendly container, and keep them in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Reheating: easily reheat turkey burgers in the air fryer at 350 degrees F for 4-5 minutes or until fully warmed through.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How long do you cook turkey burgers in the air fryer?
Homemade turkey burgers will take around 10-12 minutes to cook in the air fryer. A frozen turkey burger pattie will take the same amount of time if cooked at a slightly high temperature of 375 degrees F.
Is this recipe low-carb?
Yes, it is! This recipe has less than 1 carb per serving. So if you are on a low-carb diet then this is the perfect burger for you to try!
Do you need to thaw frozen turkey burgers before air frying them?
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- Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Cutlets
- Air fryer Chicken Meatballs
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