BBQ Turkey Burger

By Kathryn Doherty, Family Food on the Table
Culinary Setting
Meal Type
Main Course, Entrée
22 MIN

About this Dish

“BBQ Turkey Burgers are super easy to make, require just 5 basic ingredients, and cook up juicy and delicious every time! These burgers are sure to be a hit this summer – or anytime you want to have a burger night!” Kathryn Doherty, Family Food on the Table

Cooking Style
Grill, Pan Fry
Ground Turkey
Dish Type


1 lb lean ground turkey (such as 93% lean)

1/4 c prepared BBQ sauce

1/4 c shredded cheddar cheese (see notes)

1 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/4 tsp kosher salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

1 Tbsp canola oil


1 (12 oz) bag of coleslaw

1/2 c mayonnaise (low-fat is fine)

2 Tbsp granulated sugar

1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar (or plain vinegar)

1 tsp yellow mustard

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1/4 tsp black pepper


4 burger buns

Optional toppings: sliced cheese, sliced tomatoes, lettuce, pickled red onions, BBQ sauce or ketchup, etc.


To make the coleslaw: Combine the mayonnaise, sugar, mustard, vinegar, salt and pepper in a medium bowl and mix well to combine and to dissolve the sugar. Add the coleslaw and stir well to combine. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, to allow the flavors to combine.

To make the burgers: Combine the ground turkey, BBQ sauce, cheese, paprika, onion powder, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Stir first with a fork to get everything mixed, then use your hands to finish combining the ingredients. Do not over mix.

Shape the burgers into 4 equal patties.

Heat canola oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the patties and cook 6-7 minutes, then flip and cook an additional 5-6 minutes, until cooked through. Alternatively, you can grill these on a well-greased grill over medium-high heat, flipping once, until cooked through. If using cheese on top of these burgers, add it when you flip the burgers.

Serve burgers on buns, with desired toppings and coleslaw on top.

Nutrition Facts

334 Calories

19g Total Fat

5g Saturated Fat

0g Trans Fat

12g Unsaturated Fat

125mg Cholesterol

462mg Sodium

8g Carbohydrates

0g Fiber

6g Sugar

33g Protein