How to Tell if a Turkey Burger Is Done (3 Simple Ways to Tell)

Are you a turkey burger recipe? It’s a bit different from cooking with ground beef.

How do you know if the turkey burger is done? You wouldn’t want to serve undercooked food.

Keep reading for some tips on checking your burger for doneness.

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How to Tell if a Turkey Burger Is Done

If a turkey burger has an internal temperature of 165°F, it is ready to eat.

Simply check the burger temperature with your favorite meat thermometer.

What if you don’t have a food thermometer? Then buy a thermometer.

That is truly the best way to check the doneness of meat.

However, there are other ways to tell if your burgers are ready to serve.

Use the Timer

Most turkey burgers need about 5 minutes of cook time per side.

If you’re cooking frozen turkey burgers, cook each side for eight minutes.

This test isn’t the most reliable for a variety of factors.

The size and thickness of the burgers will alter the cooking time.

The temperature of the grill or stove will also play a role in the length of time.

If they seem ready, apply the other tests.

Check the Juices

If your press on the burger patty and clear juices come out, it is ready to eat.

If you notice a red or pink tint to the juice, put it back on the grill. Check again after a few minutes of cooking time.

Once the juices are clear, you know you have fully cooked meat.

Touch the Burger

Experienced chefs can test the doneness by simply touching the burger.

If it’s cold, put it back over medium-high heat. If it’s slightly warm, cook it for a few extra minutes.

If it’s hot, firm, and springy, you can eat it. Only try this method if you are familiar with cooking turkey burgers.

Can You Eat Medium Rare Turkey Burgers?

You cannot eat a medium-rare turkey burger.

Poultry must reach a safe temperature before eating. Otherwise, you will probably experience food poisoning.

Ground meats, including ground beef, are also more likely to be unsafe.

The more surface on the meat, the more surfaces for bacteria to grow.

You should always cook ground meat until it reaches a safe internal temperature.

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What if the Turkey Is Pink?

Pink turkey is safe to eat if it is at least 165°F.

Turkey has a protein called myoglobin. This protein leaves a pink tint in the turkey.

Ground Beef vs Ground Turkey

Turkey is leaner than beef. So it is a healthier option.

However, the lower fat content will lead to dry burgers.

You may want to add liquids and bold spices to your turkey burgers.

Beef burgers are naturally delicious and juicy with just kosher salt and pepper.

Are Turkey Burgers Healthy?

Turkey burgers are a healthy alternative to ground beef.

Turkey is a lean meat with less fat and calories. However, too much meat can lead to health concerns.

If you’re worried about your health, you should switch to white meat. Or you can eat less meat.

Both of those options allow you to eat burgers without worrying about health risks.

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How Do You Cook Turkey Burgers?

You can cook turkey burgers the same way you cook beef burgers.

You can use a grill, skillet, air fryer, or oven.

You will want to season turkey burgers generously for the best results.

You should add some liquid to keep the burger moist.

Cover the homemade burgers while cooking to help retain some of the moisture.

If you’re cooking frozen burgers, you should completely defrost them first.

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Now you’re ready to impress your friends with your newest burger recipe!

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Charlie

Author: Charlie Reeves
Hi, I’m Charlie, I am head taste tester at Simply Meat Smoking! I love it grilling, smoking, and getting out in the yard with the kids! The family also love to test all my recipes (especially my EXTRA CRISPY pulled pork, smoky pork loin, and ANY SEAFOOD I grill)

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