Easy Air Fryer Turkey Burgers

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Air Fryer Turkey Burgers are quick and result in juicy patties perfect for your burgers. Whether you use homemade turkey patties or store-bought ones, these are cooked to perfection in an air fryer!

Air Fryer Turkey Burger

Although store-bought turkey patties are convenient, I prefer making them at home because I can adjust the flavors according to my liking. But it’s really up to you whether you use frozen or homemade turkey patties. When you cook them in an air fryer, the patties don’t require oil.

Use the turkey patties to make a delicious burger for lunch, or serve it on a bed of lettuce for a low-carb alternative. Only have chicken? That’s cool too. Try our air fryer chicken patties recipe.

Henry Jackson says: 5 stars I’ve tried many burger recipes in the air freyer, but this one is by far the easiest and the tastiest.

LaughterAndLattes says: 5 stars I love how quick they are to make – perfect for a lazy weekend lunch. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

Why You’ll Love It

  • Juicy Results: The air fryer cooks turkey burgers evenly, locking in moisture to ensure they come out juicy and flavorful every time, avoiding the dryness often associated with turkey.
  • Quick and Convenient: Turkey burgers cook faster in an air fryer compared to traditional methods, making it an excellent option for quick, hassle-free meals without compromising on taste.
  • Healthier Cooking: Air frying requires significantly less oil than pan-frying, making turkey burgers a healthier choice without losing the crispy outer texture and succulent inside that you love.
turkey burgers

Ingredients You Need

If you’re using store-bought turkey patties, then that’s all you need. You can place as many turkey patties into the air fryer as can fit in a single layer. For me, that’s about 4 turkey patties at a time. You’ll also need burger buns and accoutrement if you’re making turkey burgers.

If you’re going to make your own homemade patties, then you’ll need a few more ingredients.

  • Ground turkey: The main ingredient for this recipe is ground turkey. You can either buy minced turkey or grind turkey meat at home.
  • Seasoning: Salt, black pepper, seasoning salt, onion, powder, and paprika are enough to bring out the flavor in this turkey patty recipe. However, if you like more flavors, add herbs, or chili powder, etc.
  • Breadcrumbs: Adding some finely ground breadcrumbs will help bind together the turkey so it stays together in a patty without crumbling apart. I don’t use Panko here because the pieces are too big.
  • Spray cooking oil: Spray cooking oil is an amazing product for air fryers. However, if you don’t have cooking spray oil, you can grease the air fryer basket with olive oil as well.
  • For the burgers: Buns, tomato slices, onion slices, lettuce, mayo
air fryer turkey burger

Helpful Tips

  • Overpacking the patties can lead to dense, tough burgers. A gently formed patty will cook up juicier and with a better texture.
  • Add some cooking spray to homemade patties. This helps cook the burgers evenly and achieves a nice sear on the outside without drying out the inside.
  • To ensure your turkey burgers are cooked safely and to perfection, use a meat thermometer. The internal temperature should reach 165°F (74°C) for the burgers to be fully cooked.

Equipment Information

How to Make Your Own Turkey Patties From Scratch

To make your own turkey patties, combine the ground turkey, salt, pepper, seasoning salt, paprika, onion powder and breadcrumbs in a bowl and mix until evenly combined. I just use my hands for this, because it’s easiest to make sure everything gets mixed together well.

turkey patty ingredients
turkey patty mixture with breadcrumbs

Form flat, round patties with the turkey mixture. Put them in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes to firm up before cooking.

raw turkey patties

You can double or triple this recipe to make as many turkey patties as you need. You can also make a bunch and put the remaining in the freezer to make later. This is a great way to have turkey burgers on hand to make in a flash.

How to Cook Turkey Patties in the Air Fryer

Making turkey patties in an air fryer is very easy. Here are the few simple steps you have to follow:

Step 1: Start by either taking store-bought turkey patties out of the freezer, or taking your homemade turkey patties out of the refrigerator.

Step 2: Prepare the air fryer basket by spraying cooking oil on the bottom of the basket so the patties don’t stick. Place turkey patties in the basket.

Step 3: Cook thawed or homemade turkey patties in the air fryer for 8 minutes at 400° F (200°C). Flip the patties over halfway into the cooking process, so they get evenly browned on both sides. For frozen, cook the for an additional 2-4 minutes, for a total of 10-12 minutes.

turkey burgers

Keep in mind that all air fryers cook slightly differently, so the timing might vary for your turkey patties. Frozen patties may need a few more minutes to finish cooking.

The turkey patties should reach an internal temperature of 165° F when they are done. Remember to always check them with a meat thermometer to make sure they are at the correct temperature.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you cook frozen turkey patties in an air fryer?

Yes, you can cook frozen turkey patties in an air fryer. You don’t need to thaw frozen patties. In fact, in my opinion this is the best way to cook frozen turkey patties. Place them, frozen, in the air fryer basket and cook for 10-12 minutes at 400° F, flipping halfway.

Can you add more spices to turkey patties?

Absolutely! You can add different spices to make your turkey patties even more delicious. You can add Italian herbs, jerk seasoning, cumin, paprika, etc., to make them spicy and flavorful.

Can you coat these turkey patties in breadcrumbs?

Yes, you can coat your homemade turkey patties in an egg wash and then add breadcrumbs on each side. This will give the turkey a crunchy exterior, but it will need to be sprayed with cooking oil before cooking in order to produce that nice crispy crust.

air fryer turkey burger

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air fryer turkey burger

Air Fryer Turkey Burgers

Air fryer Turkey Burgers are quick and result in juicy patties perfect for your burgers, whether you use store-bought patties or make your own.
4.8 from 130 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 623 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
 

  • 4 turkey patties homemade or purchased
  • Cooking oil spray
  • Salt & pepper
  • 4 buns
  • 1 small tomato sliced
  • 4 leaves lettuce
  • 2 tablespoons (28 g) mayonnaise if desired

For homemade turkey patties

  • 1 pound (454 g) ground turkey 450g turkey mince
  • 1/2 teaspoon (3 g) salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon (0.5 g) ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon (0.5 g) paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1.5 g) seasoned salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon (0.5 g) onion powder
  • 1/4 cup (27 g) breadcrumbs

Instructions
 

  • To make your own turkey patties, combine ground turkey, salt, pepper, paprika, seasoned salt, onion powder and breadcrumbs in a bowl and mix until evenly combined.
  • Form flat, round patties and place in refrigerator for 15 minutes to firm up.
  • Spray air fryer basket with cooking spray and add turkey patties. For homemade patties, cook at 400°F (200°C) for 8 minutes, flipping halfway. For frozen purchased turkey patties, cook for 10-12 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  • Once done, dress each bun with mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, and a turkey patty.

Notes

  • Overpacking the patties can lead to dense, tough burgers. A gently formed patty will cook up juicier and with a better texture.
  • Add some cooking spray to homemade patties. This helps cook the burgers evenly and achieves a nice sear on the outside without drying out the inside.
  • To ensure your turkey burgers are cooked safely and to perfection, use a meat thermometer. The internal temperature should reach 165°F (74°C) for the burgers to be fully cooked.

All air fryers have different wattage and may cook at different rates. You may need to adjust the time or temp for the best results.

Nutrition

Calories: 623kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 62gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 173mgSodium: 1017mgPotassium: 418mgFiber: 2gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 407IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 55mgIron: 13mg
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39 thoughts on “Easy Air Fryer Turkey Burgers

  1. Kimberly Agee says:

    5 stars
    Great mix of seasonings and love that I can pull off a tasty protein dinner in a jif! I made my turkey patties using a slider pattie press which fit well in my air fryer and are better for my portion size. Cooked at 400 degrees for 3 minutes one side, flip then 4 minutes other. Excellent dipped in Chic-Filet Sauce

    • Laura Lynch says:

      Sorry about that. We removed the Parmesan after having made these more often. It’s better with breadcrumbs. The text has been fixed.

  2. Henry Jackson says:

    5 stars
    I’ve tried many burger recipes in the air freyer, but this one is by far the easiest and the tastiest.

  3. LaughterAndLattes says:

    5 stars
    I love how quick they are to make – perfect for a lazy weekend lunch. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  4. Runner says:

    5 stars
    I didn’t have any turkey on hand, so I used pork sausage instead and it gave the burgers a little twist. Not too bad!

    • Angela Morris says:

      Hi Kara, you can cook them right away in a pinch. The patties will need extra care while handling and flipping.

    • Angela Morris says:

      Try using different spices such as jerk seasoning, cumin, or cayenne. You could also add chopped up jalapeno or onion to the ground turkey.

  5. Wayfairers says:

    5 stars
    They were a bit crunchy actually. I cooked them on the right temperature, but still tasted delicious, despite.

  6. Essiesmom says:

    5 stars
    This was my first time using my air fryer. Glad your recipe was easy. Ha. They turned out wonderfully juicy and bursting with flavor.

  7. Keen says:

    5 stars
    I made these burgers with almond flour instead of breadcrumbs to make them gluten-free and they turned out great! I served them on gluten free buns.

    • Angela Morris says:

      A tip to help keep the cheese from blowing off is to cook the burger fully and when the time is up add the cheese and just close the air fryer for a few minutes. The residual heat from cooking will melt the cheese.

  8. anonymous says:

    5 stars
    This recipe is amazing! I love how versatile they are – I added some tatziki, cucumbers, and feta they tasted fantastic.

  9. Grace Anderson says:

    5 stars
    I made these burgers for my family this afternoon and they were a huge hit! The recipe was simple to follow. We all enjoyed them.

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