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air fryer turkey burgers

Air Fryer Turkey Burgers

Summer Yule
Can you air fry turkey burgers? Yes! Learn my tips to make air fryer turkey burgers moist and juicy, with no breadcrumbs and no oil.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Total Time 23 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 269 kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • I prefer to let the ground turkey rest at room temperature at one hour so it cooks faster. Peel 8 ounces (227 grams) of zucchini. Grate the zucchini. Chop the shredded zucchini a little smaller if you wish.
  • Put the zucchini on some paper towels or a clean piece of cheesecloth. Thoroughly squeeze all of the moisture out of the zucchini over the sink. (This is important for consistent recipe results!)
  • Put the ground turkey in a big bowl. Add the chili powder and then the grated zucchini. Mix well with clean hands until thoroughly combined. (Messy!)
  • Shape the turkey mixture into four burgers. They should be about 3.5 inches (8.9 cm) in diameter. Don’t make bigger burgers; they may dry out before they finish cooking through.
  • You can make a depression in the middle of each patty prior to cooking. This may help prevent the burger from bulging in the middle as it cooks.
  • Preheat the air fryer for 5 minutes at 375°F (190°C). Mist a hot air fryer tray with cooking spray and gently place the burgers on the tray. I was able to fit all four burgers on one tray in a single layer. 
  • Place the tray in the top position in your air fryer oven and air fry for 10 minutes at 375°F (190°C). Then gently flip each burger and air fry on the top rack for 8-10 more minutes at 375°F (190°C). 
  • Check that your turkey burgers are done with a meat thermometer. The safe minimum internal temperature for poultry is 165°F (74°C). Give them a little extra air frying time if they need it. 
  • After air frying, let your burgers rest for 5-10 minutes.
  • While the burgers rest, mix the mayo and sriracha together to make the sriracha mayo. Prepare any additional burger toppings.
  • To serve: top each of the burgers with an equal amount of the sriracha mayo. I used a few lettuce leaves, a bit of thinly sliced red onion, and sliced tomatoes to top the burgers. Serve in lettuce wraps or burger buns. Enjoy!

Notes

This is a level 1 recipe (may help support fat loss). The nutrition information for this meal includes the turkey burger and mayo topping only. I photographed this burger with a brioche bun for aesthetics. If you want a low-calorie meal, I recommend choosing a turkey burger without the bun. 
Using these turkey burgers as a protein base, you can easily modify side dishes to meet the needs of different family members. This can be helpful if you’re using a low carb diet for weight loss but also feeding teens with higher energy needs. For example: 
  • For those who need more energy (i.e., higher calories): add in energy-dense whole grains and starchy vegetables. You can also add more healthy fats (avocado, nuts, seeds, olive oil, etc.). 
  • For those with lower energy (i.e., lower calorie) needs: cut back on added fats and add more non-starchy veggies. It is not extremely difficult to cover the B vitamins in grains with meat. Eating fewer grains can be an easy way to create a lower-calorie diet without having to count anything. 
bunless turkey burger with sriracha mayo and a side salad (with low oil) will get you a filling, low-calorie meal. For a higher energy dish, you can do as I did and add more starch to your plate.  
I enjoyed a side salad but also included a hamburger bun with nearly as many calories as the turkey burger. This meal worked for me as an active person who is currently in weight maintenance mode. There’s no one “right” way to eat that will fit everyone perfectly. 
 
Nutrition information is for one turkey burger with mayo topping, and does not include a bun or other toppings. 

Nutrition

Calories: 269kcalCarbohydrates: 3.4gProtein: 19.9gFat: 20.4gSaturated Fat: 4.8gSodium: 203mgPotassium: 185mgFiber: 1.2gVitamin A: 16.8% DVVitamin C: 10.2% DVCalcium: 9.7% DVIron: 10% DV
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