Turkey Smash Burgers

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Turkey Smash Burgers for the stove top or make Blackstone Smash Burgers. Crispy, flavorful and so quick to throw together. Your BBQ night just got upgraded.

Turkey smash burgers on a plate with a sesame bun.
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Why Make Turkey Smash Burgers

These smash burgers are wonderful. I don’t typically love turkey burgers but THESE are insanely good, and my husband even loved them. They are bit healthier than your average burger, and great for those who don’t eat red meat.

You won’t miss the beef. Just like my Korean Ground Turkey, you will enjoy the ground turkey flavor. The key to the flavor is the crispy char on the outside of the thin patty and the seasoning explosion in the meat (so tasty!). Make these on the Blackstone smash burgers camping, in the yard for a BBQ party or cook them on the stovetop year round.

Ingredients Notes

Ingredients on a counter with labels in small bowls.

Ground Turkey. Lean ground turkey is perfect for this meal. You can also use chicken but turkey is the way to go!

Oil. This is to fry up the smash burger. You will need the oil on the stove and on the Blackstone grill.

Worcestershire Sauce. This is the key to the ultimate flavor! I love Worcestershire with bbq flavors. It’s salty and adds a depth of flavor.

Seasoning. Salt, pepper, thyme, garlic powder.

Red Onion. Finely diced onions to add to the turkey meat for more moisture and to prevent the smash patties from drying out.

Toppings. Tomato, lettuce, cheese, any other burger faves.

Recipe Variations

Ground Turkey. Ground beef will also work.

Worcestershire Sauce. Soy sauce will also work.

Buns. make this healthier by using a lettuce wrap or serving them over a salad.

Steps To Make This Recipe

Glass mixing bowl with ingredients and meatballs on a white plate to make Turkey Smash Burgers.

Step One. Finely chop the onion into a mince. Add turkey, seasonings and Worcestershire sauce. Mix with hand well, make sure everything is evenly mixed. Form 6-7 patties about 2 inches big.

Step Two. In a large non-stick pan or on a preheated Blackstone, add oil. Once it’s heated, add one turkey burger at a time. Use a greased burger smasher or a greased spatula to press the turkey patty flat immediately into the pan. Add another burger, repeat the process and try to be sure they don’t touch. On a the Blackstone, 4 should fit at a time. On a skillet typically 2-3 at the most.

Black frying pan with turkey smash burgers in them. A spatula smashing them.

Step Three. After about 3 minutes, flip the burger. It should be browned with bits of char. Let it cook for another 2-3 minutes on the other side.

Step Four. Lay sliced cheese over the burgers, if there is room, add the buns sliced side down. Take everything off after about 1 more minute and layer burger buns with patties, and favorite toppings and serve!

Blackstone or frying pan with cheesy burgers and a sesame bun.

Other Toppings To Consider For Blackstone Smash Burgers

Avocado, pickles, onions, mustard, mayo bacon and more!

Multiple Blackstone smash burgers on a white plate with ketchup.

Tips & FAQ’s

Can I use beef for these Smashed Turkey Burgers?

Yes, beef would be a fine substitute for this recipe.

Can I cook these smash burgers on the Blackstone grill

Yes, these are perfect for make Blackstone Smashed Burgers, I prefer it if it’s nice enough outside. They get extra crispy.

Recipe Pairings

These Turkey Smash Burgers are great with my Homemade Crispy Fries, Avocado Corn Salad, Kale Coleslaw, and Beetroot Feta Salad.

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Burger on a white plate, up close.
5 from 4 votes

Turkey Smash Burger

Turkey smash burgers on the stove top or the Blackstone. Crispy, flavorful and so quick to throw together. Your BBQ night just got upgraded.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Servings: 5

Equipment

  • non-stick frying pan
  • or Blackstone flat top

Ingredients 

  • 1 lb lean ground turkey, *see notes
  • 1 Tbsp olive or avocado oil, for frying
  • 3 Tbsp red onion, minced
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce, *see notes
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp thyme
  • 5-7 hamburger buns
  • 5-7 slices of cheese
  • romaine lettuce, for toppings
  • 1 hot house tomato, for topping

Instructions 

  • Finely chop the onion into a mince. Add turkey, seasonings and Worcestershire sauce. Mix with hand well, make sure everything is evenly mixed. Form 6-7 patties about 2 inches big.
  • In a large non-stick pan or on a preheated Blackstone, add oil. Once it's heated, add one turkey burger at a time. Use a greased burger smasher or a greased spatula to press the turkey patty flat immediately into the pan. Add another burger, repeat the process and try to be sure they don't touch. On a the Blackstone, 4 should fit at a time. On a skillet typically 2-3 at the most. 
  • After about 3 minutes, flip the burger. It should be browned with bits of char. Let it cook for another 2-3 minutes on the other side. 
  • Lay sliced cheese over the burgers, if there is room, add the buns sliced side down. Take everything off after about 1 more minute and layer burger buns with patties, and favorite toppings. 

Notes

*beef will also work
*soy sauce will also work

Nutrition

Serving: 1burger | Calories: 361kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 587mg | Potassium: 436mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 253IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Bailey
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Course: dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 5
Calories: 361
Keyword: 30 minute, dinner
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3 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    These are a must make. I don’t typically like Turkey burgers. But thought i’d give these a try. Because we’re trying to eat a little healthier. And gosh, they were so flavourful. My husband made them on the Blackstone.

  2. 5 stars
    These are the best turkey burgers by far! They are so flavorful and delicious. I make them on the regular. My family loves them too, and that’s saying a lot because my husband is a big burger guy. I can’t eat beef, so I’ve tried many different turkey burgers and these are a winner in my book. I use the 85% lean 15% fat ground turkey, which helps maintain moisture. I typically cook them on my George Foreman grill, but have made them on the skillet too and they are equally tasty.

    1. Hi Ashley! I am thrilled to hear you enjoyed these, they are a house favorite. I need to try them on my G Foreman!