How to Cook Turkey Burgers on Stove

We all like a good burger, but not all of us prefer ordering out or going to a restaurant to get that experience. You can now make your own delicious turkey burger right at your home. This recipe is great for those busy weeknights when you’re too tired to go out. Just make the patties ahead of time and freeze them.

You don’t have a grill? Well, no problem! This recipe will tell you all about how to cook turkey burgers on stove.

Why Cook Turkey Burgers on the Stove?

You might wonder why to choose a stove to make a turkey burger. The answer isn’t just because you don’t have a grill. There are many reasons you should make a turkey burger on the stove.

How to Cook Turkey Burgers on Stove
  • It’s easy. Cooking a turkey burger is straightforward and does not require the complexities of operating a grill.
  • It’s better.The pan helps keep the patties together, and you won’t have to worry about them breaking and falling off between the grills. Additionally, no charcoal smoke!
  • It’s cheaper.It’s the same tasty burger, but without the added expense and energy you’d use.
  • It’s faster. Stove-top turkey burgers are quick to make, useful for emergencies or when you don’t want to wait too long for the food.

How to Cook Turkey Burgers on Stove?

Here’s all you need to know about how to cook turkey burgers on stove and still get that delicious, mouth-watering taste.


  1. 1 ¾ of pounds of ground turkey
  2. 2 large eggs
  3. 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs
  4. 1 ¼  cup of mayonnaise
  5. 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
  6. 1 tablespoon of onion powder
  7. 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  8. 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  9. 1 teaspoon of salt
  10. Vegetable oil for greasing the pan
  11. 8 hamburger buns
  12. 1 sliced tomato
  13. 1 head of lettuce
  14. 1 sliced red onion
  15. 8 slices of cheddar cheese

Making the Patty

Combine all the ingredients from 1 to 9 in a large bowl using your hands. Make sure not to over-work the meat. If held too long, your hands will generate heat that could disturb the patty’s binding structure.

Divide the prepared meat into eight equal portions and roll them into a ball. Place the balls on parchment paper at appropriate distances. Use your hand or a spoon to press the balls into a patty. The patty should be thin; thickly formed patties may start to break down in the pan. Cover the patties with plastic wrap and put them in a refrigerator for 15 minutes.

Cooking the Patties

Place a non-stick skillet on the stove and turn the heat to medium-high. Grease the pan with oil using a pastry brush. Place the burgers on the pan with enough space between them and let them cook in their juice. Cook each side of the patty for 5 to 6 minutes or until the internal temperature rises to 155°F.

Once it has reached 155°F, take the patties off the heat and put them on a plate. The carryover cooking will heat the patties to the recommended 165°F.

Preparing the Buns

Spread ½ tablespoon of butter on the top and the bottom of the bun and place it on the preheated skillet for a minute or until golden brown. Place the burgers on the plate next to the patties. Add a thin layer of mayonnaise on the bottom side of the bum to prevent it from getting soggy with patty juice.

Making the Burger

Put together the burger using any topping you desire. Add a slice of cheddar cheese to the still-hot patty so that it melts on top of it. Serve the burger with some fries or a side salad.

Tips and Tricks on How to Cook Turkey Burgers on Stove

Cooking a turkey burger on the stove is easy and fast and does not require high-level culinary skills. However, there are always some tips to ensure your burger is perfect.

Forming the Patties

Be careful not to over-work the patties. Use your thumb to press and form a small hole in the middle of the patty. This helps cook the burger evenly and prevents it from shrinking. Please make sure not to press the patties too much, or you’ll will make them hard and rubbery.

Keep the Meat Cold

Store your meat in the refrigerator or a freezer. The fat should be as cold as possible so that when it heats, it expands rapidly and forms flavorful packets inside the patty. However, add a bit more cooking time if you froze your patties to give them time to thaw.

Adding Salt

Salt should be added at the end. This is because salt draws out the moisture from the patty, making them dense and tough. Sprinkle in some salt on the patty right before you cook them.

Using the Right Skillet

The best skillet to make a delicious stove-top burger is the cast iron skillet. Cast iron skillets are non-stick and are excellent at conducting heat.


BE sure to experiment with your burger now and then. Add different toppings to your burger to see what goes well with it. A great topping for your turkey burger would be bacon. Cook it separately in a pan and add it on top of your patty.


  • Calories: 245
  • Fat: 14g
  • Protein: 17g
  • Carbohydrates: 24g
  • Colesterol: 47mg
  • Sodium: 414mg
  • Potassium: 226mg
  • Iron: 16%
  • Calcium: 10%
  • Magnesium: 5%
  • Vitamin B6: 10%

Our Final Thoughts:

Cooking takes practice. You might not make it perfect if it’s your first time, but you’ll only get better. Knowing how to cook turkey burgers on stove will be a skill you’ll regularly use in your life.

The best thing about cooking? There is no one right way! Feel free to be as creative as you like, and try new ingredients that you think may go well together. Add toppings that you would enjoy. Eating is an experience that should be enjoyed.

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