Easy Juicy Turkey Burgers with Caramelized Onions by Daphne Oz

Total Time
1 hr 5 min
20 min
45 min
I love making these burgers spicy with minced Fresno or jalapeño chiles! You can add the chiles in with the onions to sauté first or toss into the turkey mix raw. You can also add any spices you like or fresh herbs like mint, parsley, basil, or chives. Dijon mustard or Worcestershire sauce also great. Another great tip is to add shredded zucchini to keep these burgers extra juicy. Shred zucchini and wring out the excess moisture with a dish towel before adding to the raw turkey mix.


Olive oil

3 Tbsp

Red onion

3 medium, finely chopped


3 clove(s), pressed

Uncooked 98% lean ground turkey

3 pound(s), or ground chicken breast


3 item(s), large

Dried plain breadcrumbs

¾ cup(s)

Table salt

¼ tsp, or to taste

Black pepper

¼ tsp, or to taste


  1. Heat olive oil in a large sauce pan over medium heat until shimmering, then add onions and cook until golden brown, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Season generously with salt and cook another 5 minutes until deeply golden. Add garlic and cook another minute or so to soften. Set aside to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs and breadcrumbs. Add the cooled onion mixture and meat and use a wooden spoon to stir until just combined — you don’t want or need to overwork. Add any additional flavors you might like at this point. Cook off a small pinch of the meat to make sure everything is to your liking before proceeding with the rest of the mix. Mixture should be tacky but hold together nicely. Get your hands slightly wet before forming each party to make it easier to form without sticking to the meat.
  3. These are great pan fried in a little olive oil or roasted on a baking sheet in the oven at 400F for 20-25 mins. You can also throw them on the grill, but best to form patties and let them set up in the refrigerator for a few hours to set so they will hold together well on the grill.
  4. Serving size: 1 burger


Serve paleo style on crisp lettuce with your favorite toppings! Also great to cook off a batch and save for quick lunches or suppers throughout the week.