How To Air Fry Turkey Burgers

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How To Air Fry Turkey Burgers for A Quick Dinner

When you want a juicy, delicious burger, your air fryer is here to save the day. This post will show you how to air fry turkey burgers so that you can enjoy a quick and tasty meal whenever you’re craving a burger.

Air fryer turkey burgers perfectly juicy on the inside, easy to cook, crispy on the outside, and can be cooked in minutes. This is definitely a recipe you have to try!

Why Air Fry Turkey Burgers?

Many people shy away from frying poultry. If it’s not wings, they won’t try them. This is because poultry has a tendency of drying out when not cooked correctly. The air fry, however, changes this. Believe me, when I say, these Air Fryer Turkey Burgers will rock your world.

The air fryer cooks not with oil, but by circulating scorching hot air throughout the fryer basket. This gives your Turkey burger heavenly crispy crust around the exterior while leaving succulent, juicy meat inside your burger. It’s pretty much like looking in the oven, but way faster.

These airplanes Turkey burgers make a great dinner or heavy lunch. Simply top with pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, and any other toppings you enjoy eating. Then serve them up with your favorite sides. Some good options are Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts, Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries, or Classic Air Fried French Fries.

Ingredients Needed for The Perfect Turkey Burger

These burger patties are pretty easy to whip up. You literally only need four ingredients. Of course, you are free to add additional spices, or seasonings to get the flavor you prefer. Let’s explore the basic ingredients you will need.

Ground Turkey

The main and most obvious ingredient is ground turkey. You can generally find ground turkey in the grocery store and next to the ground beef or pork. For the purposes of the recipes featured here, ground turkey can be substituted for ground chicken.


You are free to use whatever aromatics you like in your burgers but adding a few cloves of garlic will elevate the general taste of your turkey patties. Simply mince your cloves finely or even blend them before adding to your grounded meat.

Salt, Pepper & Other Seasoning

No one wants to eat a bland burger. It is therefore vital that you season your burger meat before forming your patties. You are free to use any seasoning you want here. But remember you can always add more seasoning. You can not remove it after it’s been added. So, do a taste test on the burger before going crazy on your seasoning.

To do a taste test simply create a tiny burger ball and set it to cook in the microwave. This will also give you a sense of what your finished burger will taste like.

Worcestershire Sauce

Consider adding a dash of Worcestershire sauce to add a bit of Umami taste to your burger.

How To Air Fry Turkey Burgers: Recipes

Now that we’ve explored some information about turkey burgers, let’s dive into a few recipes to get you started.

Bourbon Bacon Burger

Serves: 2

Prep Time: 15mins

Cook Time: 28mins


  • Bourbon (1 tbsp.)
  • Brown sugar (2 tbsp.)
  • Maple Bacon (3 strips, halved)
  • Turkey (¾ lb., ground)
  • Onion (1 tbsp., minced)
  • BBQ sauce (2 tbsp.)
  • Salt (½ tsp.)
  • Black pepper (1/2 tsp.)
  • Colby Jack cheese (2 slices)
  • Kaiser (2 rolls)
  • lettuce and tomato (enough for 2)
  • Zesty Burger Sauce:
  • BBQ sauce (2 tbsp.)
  • Mayonnaise (2 tbsp.)
  • Paprika (¼ tsp., ground)
  • Black pepper (1/4 tsp., ground)


Set your air fryer to pre-heat to 390 degrees F. Tip: Add a few spoons of water to your air fryer to help prevent drippings from sticking and burning. Add sugar, and bourbon to a small bowl then stir to combine. Use your mixture to glaze your bacon then add to your air fryer basket. Set to air fry for about 4 minutes at 390 degrees F.

Flip, then continue to air fry until crispy (about another 4 minutes).  Next, add your BBQ sauce, onion, and Turkey to a large bowl then season with salt and pepper. Massage the mix with your hands then form it into 2 even patties. Place your patties into your fryer basket, then set to air fry at 370 degrees F until cooked to your preferred doneness (about 20 minutes, flipping halfway through for well done).

Tip: Tweak your cooking time based on your preferred level of doneness. Twenty minutes will result in a juicy well-done patty.

Now, let’s make our sauce by combing all the sauce ingredients in a small bowl. Open your fryer with 5 minutes remaining and top your patties with cheese then leave to melt. When the burgers are cooked to your liking, top each patty with a slice of Colby Jack cheese and air-fry for an additional minute, just to melt the cheese. Top your burger rolls with sauce then layer your patties, bacon, lettuce, and tomatoes inside to form your burgers. Enjoy!

How To Air Fry Inside Out Turkey Burgers

Serves: 2

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 20 mins


  • Ground Turkey (12 oz.)
  • Onion (3 tbsp., minced)
  • Ketchup (4 tsp.)
  • Mustard (2 tsp., yellow)
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Cheddar cheese (4 slices, chopped)
  • Dill pickle chips (8)


Combine all your ingredients, except cheese and pickles in a large bowl, stir, then split into 4 even portions. Flatten each portion to form thin patties. Top 2 patties evenly with pickles, and cheese in the center of the patty.

Cover each with an empty patty and press firmly on the edges, and sides to seal both patties tightly. Set your air fryer to preheat to 370 degrees F, and add your burgers into your fry basket. Air fry your burger patties for about 10 minutes per side or until cooked to your level of doneness. Use to create your select hamburgers.

Final Thoughts

Turkey burgers are not only healthy, but they’re also delicious. Be sure to experiment with different toppings and sauces so, you can figure out what you like to eat in your burger.

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