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Juicy Air Fryer Turkey Burgers

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These Air Fryer Turkey Burgers are juicy, delicious, and full of amazing flavor. I use my healthy secret ingredient to keep these turkey burgers nice and juicy with no added oil or butter.

air fryer turkey burger on bread with lettuce, tomato, and onion

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I’ve used ground turkey to replace ground beef in a ton of recipes for as long as I can remember. Not because I think it’s better for you, but because I like diversity in my food.

But turkey burgers usually get a bad rap for being dry and nasty. That’s generally because turkey has to be cooked to a temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit so you can’t get away with undercooking it a bit like you can with other meats. But I figured out the secret ingredient to keep those turkey burgers nice and juicy…unsweetened apple sauce

Unsweetened apple sauce adds moisture into your burgers and keeps the meat nice and juicy without adding any additional oil to the meat. I also add a little bit of grated fresh onion to the meat mixture to add moisture and flavor. It works every time and results in perfectly cooked juicy turkey burgers. And because I love my Air Fryer, that’s exactly what I use to cook them. 

How to make Air Fryer Turkey Burgers

First, grate your onion on the side of a large box grater or use a small food processor to get half of an onion finely grated. I do this because minced onion adds juiciness and flavor to your burger and it does not leave huge chunks of onion in your burger. 

Then combine your onion, ground turkey, unsweetened apple sauce, ranch seasoning, Worchestire sauce, minced garlic, breadcrumbs, and salt and pepper. Mix with your hands until combined.

Form into 4 hamburger patties. I use my burger press to ensure that my burgers are equally sized and perfectly formed.

Then place your burgers in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to have them firm up a bit. This step will help your patties stay together when your air frying. 

four raw turkey burgers laying on parchment paper

Preheat your Air Fryer to 360 degrees Fahrenheit by running your Air fryer on 360 degrees for about 3 minutes. Place your burgers in your Air Fryer basket, making sure they don’t overlap or touch. Cook on 360 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes, flipping halfway through. Your burgers are finished when they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit on a quick read thermometer.

Serve them however you like. I generally top them with lettuce, tomato, and a slice of red onion. I also top them with a little cranberry sauce if I’m feeling fancy. 

air fryer turkey burger with bun and lettuce and tomato

How to make burgers from frozen in the Air Fryer

These turkey burgers freeze beautifully and can go straight from the freezer to Air Fryer. For frozen burgers, cook on 360 degrees Fahrenheit for 18 minutes, flipping halfway over. Use a quick read thermometer to ensure your turkey burger has reached 165 degrees Fahrenheit. 

How to add cheese to these burgers

Whenever we get the craving for a little melted cheese, I add them after I cooked the burger in the air fryer and then close the basket for a few minutes without running the air fryer. The cheese will melt on your burger while it sits in the warm air fryer.

Subbing Ground Beef

If you would rather make beef burgers, I recommend using ground chuck for your burgers (80/20 fat content) as it has so much flavor. I don’t add any additional ingredients to my beef patties except salt and pepper. I just form and shape ground beef into a patty and coat with salt and pepper. I got that tip from Bobby Flay and it’s one I absolutely agree with. 

I generally cook ground beef burgers in the Air Fryer on 360 degrees Fahrenheit for 13-15 minutes or whenever my quick read thermometer reaches 165 degrees.  

I hope you enjoy these turkey burgers as much as we do. If you’re looking for sides to go with these burgers, try these out:

Looking for other recipes with ground turkey? Try these out:

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5 from 15 votes

Juicy Air Fryer Turkey Burgers

These Air Fryer Turkey Burgers are juicy and full of tons of flavor. They can be cooked from fresh or frozen in the Air Fryer and are perfect for when you need a good burger. You’ll never want to make your burgers any other way once you Air Fry them.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer burgers, air fryer turkey burgers
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Refrigerate Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 179kcal
Author Tanya

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground turkey 85/15
  • ¼ cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • ½ onion grated
  • 1 Tablespoon ranch seasoning
  • 2 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ¼ cup plain breadcrumbs
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Combine your onion, ground turkey, unsweetened apple sauce, ranch seasoning, Worchestire sauce, minced garlic, breadcrumbs, and salt and pepper. Mix with your hands until combined. Form into 4 equally sized hamburger patties.
  • Then place your burgers in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to have them firm up a bit.
  • Preheat your Air Fryer to 360 degrees Fahrenheit by running your Air fryer on 360 degrees for about 3 minutes. Place your burgers on your Air fryer, making sure they don’t overlap or touch. Cook on 360 degrees for 15 minutes, flipping halfway through. Your burgers are finished when they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit on a quick read thermometer.

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Notes

*For frozen burgers, place burger straight into preheated air fryer basket and cook on 360 degrees for 18 minutes, flipping halfway through.
*A little bit of oil on the air fryer basket can help prevent sticking.
*For beef burgers, cook ground beef burgers in the Air Fryer on 360 degrees for 13-15 minutes or whenever my meat thermometer reaches 165 degrees. Ground beef should be cooked to 165 degrees.  

Nutrition

Calories: 179kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 419mg | Potassium: 403mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 28IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg
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Debra

Tuesday 14th of September 2021

These were so good!

Laura

Wednesday 8th of September 2021

Can I just say the BEST homemade TURKEY BURGER EVER!!!

Thank you! 😋

Tanya

Thursday 9th of September 2021

Thank you for the feedback! So glad you liked the recipe :)

Lexi

Thursday 5th of August 2021

Absolutely DELICIOUS! So juicy and seasoned! This changed my life! :D

Tanya

Friday 6th of August 2021

Thank you Lexi :)

Cat

Wednesday 21st of July 2021

Thanks for the great recipe, Tanya! We loved these. I'm new to AF. My son wanted one; I wasn't so sure but this recipe cooked so beautifully using the AF that I'm sold on your recipe and your method. This is my first time on your site -- just wanted you to know I'm impressed and grateful:)

Tanya

Saturday 24th of July 2021

Thank you so much :)

Chet

Tuesday 22nd of June 2021

I am excited over this Turkey Burger and your comments about finding the secret to keeping the TB moist and hot at 165F internal temperature. THEN....I read the ingredients and you show "0.06 CUP OF UNSWETENED APPLE SAUCE?" Ok...how do I gather up 0.06 CUP of Apple Sauce? Is there a measuring spoon, eye dropper, how do you get this worked out? Thanks, my daughter is on a special diet plan for medical issues and this is on the list of items she can eat, but I need to find a 0.06 CUP measurer. She won't be here for until 4th of July weekend. I looked at the hamburger press and when I clicked on that in your news letter...it shows NONE IN STOCK and don't know if they will ever stock it again. I guess I can buy it from Amazon. Thanks! Hope you and your family have a great 4th...

Tanya

Wednesday 23rd of June 2021

Thanks Chet. It should be 1/4 cup of apple sauce.