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Air Fryer Turkey Burgers - Crispy & Juicy

When seasoned turkey patties are air fried to perfection, that results in juicy patties for your burger. Air Fryer Turkey Burgers is great for a fast and healthy weeknight dinner. It is a healthy, mess-free, quick, and easy recipe you can ready in less than 15 minutes for your whole family. Every single time you will get perfect juicy results.

Air Fryer Turkey Burgers

Air Fryer Turkey Burgers is a healthier alternative to beef burgers. It is also a low-carb dish. While we are using an air fryer, so there is no need for extra oil for cooking. Get evenly cooked patties in no time with the air fryer.

Air Fryer Turkey Burgers

You can use homemade turkey patties or store-bought. Using frozen store-bought turkey patties is hassle-free, but you can't customize the flavors. If you go with homemade turkeys, you are free with your experiments. So I prefer to make my homemade turkey patties.

Let's start with our ingredients.

Ingredients For Air Fryer Turkey Burgers

You don't need any other ingredients if you are using frozen store-bought turkey patties. Just use your air fryer and place 2, 3, or 4 patties according to your air fryer's capacity, and that's it. You will also need burger buns for your tasty Turkey Burgers In Air Fryer.

For homemade turkey patties, you will need the following:

Ground Turkey - You can buy a minced turkey from your nearby store or grind the turkey at your home. Go with your preferences. You can also grind the turkey meat for these patties.

For Seasoning - Use salt, black pepper, smoked paprika, seasoning salt, and onion powder for seasoning. Additionally, you can use your preferred herbs and chili powder according to your taste.

Breadcrumbs - To avoid turkey meat from crumbling, we also need finely ground breadcrumbs. It helps bind the meat together in patties while cooking. Coating breadcrumbs will also provide patties a crispy flavor.

Oil Spray or Olive Oil - We will use an oil spray to grease the air fryer basket before air frying. You can manually grease the basket with olive oil if you don't have cooking spray.

Worcestershire Sauce - Provides a perfect umami taste and ensures that the turkey burgers are not mushy. You can use soy sauce if you don't have it in hand.

For Burgers - You will also need buns, tomato and onion slices, and mayo.

Equipment

  • Air Fryer
  • Kitchen Tongs
  • Instant Thermometer

How To Make Air Fryer Turkey Burgers?

Let's start making our turkey patties.

Creating Turkey Patties From Scratch

Mix all seasoning, breadcrumbs, Worcestershire sauce, and turkey meat and ensure they are evenly combined. 

Air Fryer Turkey Burgers

You can blend them or use your hands to mix them well.

Air Fryer Turkey Burgers

Before making patties, it is good to slightly wet your hands. It will avoid sticking. Take a handful mound from the mixture and start making flat round patties. Place the patties on a plate. Repeat the process and make the remaining patties.

Air Fryer Turkey Burgers

Bonus Tip: Refrigerate the patties for approx 15 minutes so they can firm up for cooking.

Start cooking what you need and place the remaining in the fridge. So you have premade turkeys in hand whenever you decide to make Air Fryer Turkey Burgers.

Making Turkey Patties In Air Fryer

Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C) for 2-3 minutes. Now take out patties from the fridge. Use cooking spray to grease the air fryer basket.

Place turkey patties into the air fryer basket, and make sure they don't overlap. Cook your homemade turkey for approx 8 minutes. After halftime, flip the patties for even cooking. 

Air Fryer Turkey Burgers

If you are using frozen patties, then adjust the cooking time accordingly. Add 2-4 minutes extra.

Bonus Tip: For different air fryers, cook time may vary slightly. You can test cook first to better understand the exact cook time for your air fryer.

How To Check Doneness Of Turkey Patties? You can check the doneness of turkey patties by using an instant-read thermometer. Make sure it reads 165°F.

Once the patties cook perfectly, let them rest for 5 minutes to retain juiciness before assembling burgers.

Dressing Your Buns

Finally, dress your buns with turkey patties, mayo, tomato, and onion slices. You are free to use your favorite toppings. Serve them and enjoy a healthy and juicy meal.

Pro Tips For Best Results

  • Preheat your air fryer for 3 minutes for perfect crispy results.
  • Grease the air fryer basket with oil spray or olive oil to prevent sticking.
  • When placing patties in the air fryer basket, ensure they don't overlap.
  • Flip after halftime so the patties can cook evenly from both sides.
  • Check the doneness with an instant-read thermometer. Make sure it reads  165°F.

Serving Suggestions

The versatility of Air Fryer Turkey Burgers allows you to pair them with any dish you like. For a nutritious meal, serve turkey burgers with Sweet Potato Fries, Air Fryer Tater Tots, or any other of your favorite appetizers.

Why I Love Air Fryer?

I love air fryer cooking for several reasons:
  • It provides an easy way to cook anything.
  • Crispy food every time as it uses hot air for food cooking.
  • Get roasted food without deep frying guilt.
  • It is the best replacement for traditional ovens.

Can I Prep Turkey Burgers Ahead Of Time?

It is good to prepare turkey patties for burgers ahead of time. Using an air-tight container, you can freeze and store cooked turkey patties for up to 6 months. When you need turkey burgers, simply reheat these patties and dress them in your burgers. 

Air Fryer Turkey Burgers Recipe Variations

Here are some recipe variations you can try for a new taste every time.
  1. You can add spices or toppings to the burger or use different buns or breads. 
  2. Another option is to mix in vegetables like grated zucchini or carrots for extra nutrition and flavor. 
  3. You can also try using different types of ground turkey, such as lean or extra lean, to further reduce the fat content of the burger. 
Feel free to get creative and make this recipe your own.

Best Toppings For Turkey Burgers?

Numerous delicious toppings go well with turkey burgers. Here are some my favorite options:
  • Lettuce: Add a crisp and refreshing layer of lettuce to your turkey burger. You can use varieties like iceberg, romaine, or leaf lettuce.
  • Pickles: Pickles offer a nice tang and crunch. Place them on top of your turkey patty for a zesty touch.
  • Cheese: Choose your favorite cheese to melt over your turkey burger. You can choose cheddar, Swiss, pepper jack, or blue cheese.
  • Avocado Slices: Slices of avocado add a smooth buttery texture to your turkey burger. It's a more healthy version of turkey burgers.
  • Sauces: You can use various sauces to enhance your turkey burger's taste. Some popular choices include ketchup, mustard, mayo, BBQ sauce, ranch dressing, or aioli.
  • Fried Egg: Top your turkey burger with a fried egg for a breakfast-inspired twist. I am sure everyone gonna love this breakfast.

Having Leftovers?

If you have leftovers, you can store them in the refrigerator for 4-5 days. You can also freeze cooked patties for up to 6 months. It is good to have them in advance. Enjoy your favorite Air Fryer Turkey Burgers any time you want.

Conclusion

Air Fryer Turkey Burgers are healthier and faster to make than traditional burgers. Air frying also gives the turkey patties a delicious crispy exterior while keeping the inside tender, juicy and flavorful. You can add your favorite toppings to customize your burger just how you like it. 

Air Fryer Turkey Burgers

The easiness of this recipe makes this a go-to recipe for busy weeknights or a quick lunch option. So, if you're looking for a quick and healthy meal option, give these Air Fryer Turkey Burgers a try.

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FAQ's

Can You Cook Frozen Turkey Patties In An Air Fryer?
Yes, you can cook frozen turkey patties in the air fryer. But cooking may vary by 2-4 minutes. The recipe will still be the same.

How Long Do You Air Fry Frozen Turkey Burgers?
You must cook frozen turkey patties for approximately 10-12 minutes at 400°F (200°C). After halftime, flip the patties for even cooking.

Can You Add More Spices To Turkey Patties?
Yes, you can add more spices to your turkey patties. Make them hot or mild as per your preferences. Feel free to experiment with different herbs and ingredients.

How Can I Make Air Fryer Turkey Burgers Recipe Gluten-Free?
This recipe becomes gluten-free if you replace Worcestershire sauce with soy sauce or any other gluten-free sauce.

Can I Coat Turkey Patties In Egg Whites And Breadcrumbs?
You can coat turkey patties in egg whites and breadcrumbs if you love an extra crispy crust. First, coat the turkey patties, spray some extra oil on them, and then air fry.

Do You Need To Thaw Frozen Turkey Burgers Before Air Frying?
Air Fryer is an expert in frozen food cooking, so, you don't need to thaw frozen turkey burgers. Place them directly in the air fryer. Just add some 2-4 extra minutes to your cooking time.
Recipe Picture

Air Fryer Turkey Burgers

⏱️Cook Time

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 13 minutes

🥘Ingredients

  • Ground Turkey - 450g
  • Burger Buns - 4
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
  • Seasoning Salt - 1/4 tsp
  • Breadcrumbs - 1/4 cup
  • Black Pepper - 1/4 tsp
  • Smoked Paprika - 1/4 tsp
  • Onion Powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Mayo - 2 tbsp
  • Worcestershire Sauce - 1 teaspoon
  • Oil Spray (You can also use olive oil - 2 tbsp)

📝Instructions

  1. Mix all seasoning, bread crumbs, Worcestershire sauce, and turkey meat and ensure they are evenly combined. 
  2. You can blend them or use your hands to mix them well.
  3. Before making patties, it is good to slightly wet your hands. It will avoid sticking. 
  4. Take a handful mound from the mixture and start making flat round patties. 
  5. Place the patties on a plate. Repeat the process and make the remaining patties.
  6. Refrigerate the patties for approx 15 minutes so they can firm up for cooking.
  7. Preheat your air fryer to 400°F (200°C) for 2-3 minutes. 
  8. Take out patties from the fridge. Use cooking spray to grease the air fryer basket.
  9. Place turkey patties into the air fryer basket, and make sure they don't overlap. 
  10. Cook your homemade turkey for approx 8 minutes at 400°F (200°C). 
  11. After halftime, flip the patties for even cooking. 
  12. If you are using frozen patties, then adjust the cooking time accordingly. Add 2-4 minutes extra.
  13. You can check the doneness of turkey patties by using an instant-read thermometer. Make sure it reads 165°F.
  14. Once the patties cook perfectly, let them rest for 5 minutes to retain juiciness before assembling burgers.
  15. Dressing Your Buns - Finally, dress your buns with turkey patties, mayo, tomato, and onion slices.

📝Recipe Notes

  1. Preheat your air fryer for 3 minutes for perfect crispy results.
  2. Grease the air fryer basket with oil spray or olive oil to prevent sticking.
  3. When placing patties in the air fryer basket, ensure they don't overlap.
  4. Flip after halftime so the patties can cook evenly from both sides.
  5. Check the doneness with an instant-read thermometer. Make sure it reads  165°F.

🔍Nutrition

Calories: 620kcalProtein: 60gCarbohydrates: 40gFat: 21gPolisaturated Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 1015mgFiber: 2gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 405IUVitamin C: 4mgIron: 12mgCalcium: 54mgCholestrol: 170mg

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