Easy & Juicy Air Fryer Turkey Burgers (Secret Revealed!)

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Get ready for a juicy and flavorful delight with these easy-to-make Air Fryer Turkey Burgers. With the help of a secret ingredient, your turkey patties will be more succulent than any of the turkey burgers you’ve ever had. A game-changer indeed.

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Notes: We are currently in the development and testing stage for this turkey burger air fryer recipe. Stay tuned for more updates. If you have any tips on making this dish even better, please leave us a comment below. We appreciate your input!

Happy frying!

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Ingredients for air fryer turkey burgers

Here are all you need to make juicy air fried turkey burgers.

  • Ground turkey
  • Cold butter
  • Onions
  • Garlic cloves
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper
  • Hamburger buns
  • Optional toppings: lettuce, tomato, cheese, ketchup, and mayo

You can find the exact measurements of the recipe ingredients and customize the serving size in the recipe card after the detailed step-by-step instructions section.


No fresh onion? Don’t worry! You can use 1 teaspoon of onion powder as a flavorful alternative. As for the garlic cloves, you can replace them with 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder for that same garlicky goodness.

Here’s the deal tho:

For juicy perfection, steer clear of dry ingredients as they diminish the water content needed to retain the turkey’s juiciness. And hey, fresh ingredients add an extra tasty touch too!

Recipe Video

Here’s a video of a similar recipe that we’re going for.

How to Cook Turkey Burgers in an Air Fryer?

Turkey burgers are infamous for one thing: dry. 

But worry not; we have a hidden gem in our Air Fryer Turkey Burger recipe. This secret ingredient works its magic, infusing every bite with moisture and flavor, transforming these burgers into a juicy delight you can’t resist. 

Prepare to unlock the secret to the most delectable turkey burgers you’ve ever tasted!

Step 1: Preheat your air fryer to 400ºF (204ºC).

Preating Instant Pot Vortex Plus Air Fryer to 400°F (204°C).

If your air fryer doesn’t have a preheating option, set your desired temperature then let it cook for 5 minutes without food.

🚨 Important: Reduce the cooking temperature to 380°F (193°C) if you’re using a 4-quart air fryer or smaller. They are hotter due to the heating element being closer to the food.

Step 2: Prepare the ingredients.

Start by finely chopping the onions and mincing the garlic cloves.

Now, for that secret ingredient – cold butter! I guess it’s no longer a secret, as it’s listed as an ingredient above.


Grate some cold butter, half a stick if you follow the original recipe yielding two patties. If you’re making four turkey patties, use the whole butter stick.

This little addition will work wonders to keep your turkey burgers moist and juicy. The butter will melt as the burgers cook, infusing them with rich, indulgent flavors that delight every bite.

By the way, this butter idea is inspired by The Cooking Guy, so thank you, Sam.

Combine the ground turkey, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, onions, garlic, and cold butter in a mixing bowl. 

Oh, don’t forget to add the salt and pepper too.

Mix by hand until uniform. Then, shape into two* equal-sized patties. Aim for each patty to be about 1/2 inch (1.25cm) thick and wider than your burger bun. Creating uniform patties ensures even cooking and guarantees a delightful dining experience.

It depends on how many patties you’ll make according to the recipe card.

Step 3: Air Fry the turkey burgers for 10 – 13 minutes at 400ºF (204ºC).

Carefully place the patties in the air fryer, leaving space for even cooking. Set the air fryer to 400ºF (204ºC) and cook for 10 to 13 minutes, flipping the patties halfway for that irresistible crispy exterior.

🚨 Important: Cook times will vary depending on many factors, but the two big ones are your patties’ thickness plus the air fryer’s model and size. Thus, it’s crucial to check the internal temperature for safe consumption.

Using an instant-read thermometer, insert the probe into the center of each patty. The turkey burgers should register an internal temperature of at least 165ºF (74ºC). This ensures that they are fully cooked and safe to enjoy.

💡 Pro Tip: You can melt cheese on the burger 2 minutes before it’s fully cooked.

Step 4: Assemble your turkey burger.

While the turkey patties cook, toast the hamburger buns to perfection. 

Then, assemble the turkey burgers on the buns with your favorite toppings. Add lettuce, tomato slices, cheese, ketchup, and mayo to your taste. 

If you’re in the mood for extra flavor, consider whipping up a quick sauce while the burgers cook. Try a simple aioli with mayo, minced garlic, and a squeeze of lemon juice.

Step 5: Serve & Enjoy!

air fried turkey burgers, with lettuce, tomato, cheese, onion, avocado

It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for – serve those mouthwatering air-fried turkey burgers and let the flavors burst on your taste buds! 

These crowd-pleasers will leave you craving more, making this recipe a cherished go-to. Enjoy every scrumptious bite!

Freezing & Storage

Freezing: These Air Fryer Turkey Burgers can be frozen before cooking for a quick meal prep option. Place the uncooked patties on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze until firm. Transfer the frozen patties to a freezer-safe container or bag and label with the date. They’ll last up to 3 months in the freezer.

To cook from frozen, preheat your air fryer to 400ºF (204ºC) and cook the patties for 15 to 18 minutes, flipping once. Again, ensure their internal temperature reaches 165ºF (74ºC) before serving.

Fridge: Store leftover turkey burgers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They can last up to 3 days. Then, reheat in the air fryer at 350ºF (175ºC) for 5 to 7 minutes or until heated through.

Frequently Asked Questions

Air fry the turkey burgers for 10 to 13 minutes at 400ºF (204ºC). Flip the patties halfway through for even cooking and a crispy exterior. Ensure the turkeys reach a safe temperature of 165ºF (74ºC) before serving.

Yes, you can air fry turkey burgers. In fact, air frying turkey burgers is a fantastic and easy way to achieve juicy and flavorful patties.

Cook turkey burgers in the air fryer at 400ºF (204ºC) for perfect results. This temperature ensures thorough cooking and a delightful golden crust.

The internal temperature of turkey burger meat should reach at least 165ºF (74ºC) to ensure safe consumption.

Use an instant-read thermometer to check the internal temperature of the turkey burger. When it reaches 165ºF (74ºC), your burger is fully cooked and ready to enjoy.

prep time10 minutes
cooking time10 minutes
total cooking time20 minutes

Easy & Juicy Air Fryer Turkey Burgers

Prepare yourself for juicy and flavorful goodness with our simple-to-make Air Fryer Turkey Burgers. Thanks to a hidden gem of an ingredient, these turkey patties surpass any you’ve ever tasted in succulence. A true game-changer that will leave you craving more.
air fried turkey burgers, with lettuce, tomato, cheese, onion, avocado
5 from 1 vote
number of servings2

This ingredients checklist is interactive; you can use it as your grocery list.


  • 1/2 lb ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup cold butter grated
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 burger buns toasted (if you want)
  • Optional toppings: lettuce, tomato slices, cheese, ketchup, and mayo


  • Preheat your air fryer to 400ºF (204ºC) for 5 minutes.
  • Prepare the meat mixture. Combine the ground turkey, finely chopped onions, minced garlic, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, salt, and black pepper in a mixing bowl. And the secret ingredient — grated cold butter. Mix everything together until well combined.
  • Make the turkey patties. Form two* equal-sized patties with the turkey mixture. Ensure the turkeys are slightly larger than the hamburger buns, as they'll shrink somewhat during cooking. They should also be about ½ inch (1.27 cm) thick.
  • Air fry the turkey burgers. Place the patties in the air fryer, ensuring they’re spaced out for even cooking. Cook at 400ºF (204ºC) for 10 – 13 minutes. Then, flip the patties halfway through. Ensure the turkey reaches a safe temperature of 165ºF (74ºC) before serving.
  • Assemble your burger. Once the burgers are done, assemble them on the buns with your favorite toppings. Add some lettuce, tomato slices, cheese, ketchup, and mayo.
  • Serve and enjoy your air-fried turkey burgers!


  • *Depends on the number of servings you’ll make.
  • Remember that cooking durations may differ depending on the turkey’s thickness and your air fryer’s size and model. Before serving, ensure it has been cooked to a safe internal temperature of 165ºF (74ºC).
  • If your air fryer doesn’t have a preheating option, you can set the temperature to 380°F (193°C) and then let it cook for 4-5 minutes without food. 
  • You can skip preheating by adding 2-4 minutes to your cooking time. Increment gradually to prevent burning the turkey burger.
  • I used a 6-quart (air fryer) to test the turkey burgers. Cooking time and temperature may vary depending on your air fryer and the number of servings you are making. For optimal results, begin with the lower end of the suggested cooking time.


Serving: 1 patty | Calories: 358kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 962mg | Potassium: 480mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 748IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 2mg
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