Air Fryer Turkey Burgers

Juicy air fryer turkey burgers are easy to make and can be enjoyed all year long!

It doesn’t take long to form and cook ground turkey burgers! Serve them up with toasted buns, lettuce, tomato, sliced red onion, and our delicious barbecue sauce.

Air Fryer Turkey Burgers on a bun

Ingredients

I love a great burger (and even more when it’s an easy air fryer burger) and this recipe is no exception!

GROUND TURKEY Choose turkey that’s not labeled extra lean, that extra fat is needed to produce the juiciest finish! Chicken can be used but add some extra olive oil to keep the meat juicy as it cooks.

SEASONING Add a handful of seasonings (try our homemade seasoning salt) with a dash of soy sauce.

BINDER An egg yolk with some breadcrumbs to hold the meat together and you’re good to go!

Our Favorite Air Fryer

Our favorite air fryer is the Cosori 5.8QT. We love how much fits into it, how easy it is to clean and how crisp it makes our recipes.

ingredients in a bowl to make Air Fryer Turkey Burgers

How to Cook Air Fryer Turkey Burgers

  1. Combine all ingredients & form into 4 equal patties. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Brush patties with barbecue sauce (if using) and place the patties in the fryer basket, evenly spaced apart.
  3. Cook for 6 minutes, flip, & cook for another 6 to 8 minutes. The patties should be a little crispy on the outside & evenly browned on both sides.
  4. Serve immediately with toppings & condiments.

Air fryers can vary. The first time you make these, check them a little bit early to ensure they don’t overcook. They should be a little bit browned on the outside with no pink inside and the internal temperature should be 165°F.

brushing sauce on Air Fryer Turkey Burgers

Tricks for Actually Juicy Turkey Burgers

  • Unlike beef, poultry needs to be cooked to the right temperature for safety, so check the temp with a meat thermometer once the cooking process is done. It should read 165°F (the same goes for ground chicken).
  • Chilling the burgers first helps them hold their shape and allows the flavors to blend. If you’re in a real rush you can skip this step but be gentle when flipping them.
  • If you only can get ‘extra lean’ turkey or chicken, add a little bit of fat for best results. A tablespoon of olive oil or some finely chopped bacon are favorites in our regular turkey burgers.
  • Most importantly do not overcook. I recommend an instant read thermometer! Meat is expensive and this is a minimal investment that ensures the best cook!

Toppings for Turkey Burgers

We have all the best turkey burger toppings! Put a variety of them on a platter or in bowls and let everyone make their own burger masterpieces! Here’s a list of what we like that makes burgers extra special:

Air Fryer Turkey Burgers with sauce on top

Leftovers

  • Keep leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • Reheat them in the air fryer for 3-4 minutes.
  • Freeze cooked burgers up to 2 months in a zippered bag with the date labeled on the outside.

Ground Turkey Favorites

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Air Fryer Turkey Burgers on a bun

Air Fryer Turkey Burgers

Tender, juicy, & so easy to make, these Air Fryer Turkey Burgers are perfect for any day of the week!
Course Air Fryer, turkey
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Chill Time 30 minutes
Total Time 57 minutes
Servings 4 burgers
Calories 225
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground turkey not extra lean
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt & pepper
  • ¼ cup barbecue sauce optional

For Serving

  • hamburger buns
  • lettuce tomato, onion

Instructions

  • Gently combine all ingredients in a bowl.
  • Form into 4 patties, ½” thick. Using your thumb, create a small indent in the patties. Refrigerate 30 minutes
  • Preheat air fryer to 350°F.
  • Brush patties with barbecue sauce if using and place in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Cook 6 minutes. Flip over and cook an additional 6-8 minutes or until cooked through (165°F).
  • Serve on buns with desired toppings.

Notes

Poultry must reach 165°F to be safely cooked.

Chilling the burgers first helps them hold their shape and allows the flavors to blend. If you’re in a real rush you can skip this step but be gentle when flipping them.

If you only can get ‘extra lean’ turkey or chicken, add a little bit of fat for best results. A tablespoon of olive oil or some finely chopped bacon are favorites in our regular turkey burgers.

Most importantly do not overcook. I recommend an instant read thermometer! Meat is expensive and this is a minimal investment that ensures the best cook.

Nutrition information does not include buns or toppings.

Nutrition

Calories: 225 | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 395mg | Potassium: 400mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 143IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg
cooked Air Fryer Turkey Burgers in the air fryer with writing
Air Fryer Turkey Burgers with writing
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Air Fryer Turkey Burgers in the air fryer and plated with a title

Originally posted at Spend with Pennies

Herbed Turkey Stroganoff

Everyone loves a recipe that can be made in one pot, and this turkey stroganoff recipe fits the bill!

I love a classic stroganoff recipe and wanted to create a twist for leftover turkey (or even ground turkey)! Tender meat simmered in a seasoned sour cream sauce is perfect over egg noodles for a hearty meal.

Herbed Turkey Stroganoff in the pan with noodles beside it

One-Pot Perfection!

  • This quick dish saves time, energy, and kitchen cleanup! It’s a one-dish wonder that everyone loves.
  • It’s such a versatile dish, perfect for mixing in favorite ingredients, leftover veggies or swapping out turkey for ground turkey or even chicken.
  • It can be served over rice, potatoes, noodles, or even made on its own.

Herbed Turkey Stroganoff ingredients on a table

Ingredients and Variations

VEGETABLES With just a few veggies like onions and mushrooms add great savory flavor. Fresh mushrooms add rich flavor to the sauce when cooked.

MEAT This recipe can easily make use of leftover turkey either roasted or ground, or even meatballs. Of course, leftover chicken or rotisserie chicken work too.

EGG NOODLES Egg noodles are easy to find, but they are also fun and delicious when hand-made. This is also great over mashed potatoes or rice.

How to Make Turkey Stroganoff

Turkey Stroganoff is as easy to make as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Soften butter in a large skillet, sauté mushrooms with aromatics (onions/garlic). Add add wine and reduce. Remove mixture from skillet.

process of adding ingredients to pan to make Herbed Turkey Stroganoff

  1. Make the sauce in the same skillet by adding chicken broth to a bit of flour and butter.
  2. Stir in remaining ingredients (per the recipe below) plus the mushrooms & simmer.

process of adding sour cream to Herbed Turkey Stroganoff

  1. Remove stroganoff sauce from heat, stir in sour cream. Serve over noodles and enjoy!

Tips & Time Savers

  • Using leftover cooked turkey (or chicken) makes this recipe a real timesaver.
  • Canned mushroom soup can be used in place of fresh in a pinch.
  • When adding the mushrooms back to the sauce, be sure to include including the juices to add flavor!
  • Remove the sauce from the heat before adding sour cream. Sour cream can curdle if overheated.

close up of Herbed Turkey Stroganoff in a bowl

Reheating Leftovers

  • Leftover turkey stroganoff will keep in the refrigerator, covered, for about 3 days.
  • Store the pasta separately and combine once reheated.

Leftover stroganoff can be frozen but freezes best without the sour cream. Sour cream will taste just fine once thawed but the texture can change very slightly.

Delish Leftover Turkey Favorites

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bowl of Herbed Turkey Stroganoff

Herbed Turkey Stroganoff

Turkey Stroganoff is a rich and creamy one-pot pasta dish that’s full of flavor!
Course Dinner, Entree, Main Course, Pasta, turkey
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 417
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 1 small onion finely diced
  • 3 tablespoons butter divided
  • 8 ounces mushrooms sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon fresh rosemary finely chopped
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth not low sodium
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard
  • ½ teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 cups leftover turkey or 1 pound lean ground turkey (cooked)
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • fresh parsley chopped for garnish
  • 16 ounces large egg noodles for serving or pasta or potatoes

Instructions

  • In a large skillet cook onion with 1 tablespoon butter until slightly softened, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Add mushrooms, garlic, and rosemary. Cook until the mushrooms are tender, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Add white wine and cook until almost evaporated, about 5 minutes. Remove mushroom mixture from the pan and place in a bowl.
  • Add remaining 2 tablespoons butter and flour to the same pan. Cook 1 minute.
  • Stir in chicken broth and cream a bit at a time whisking after each addition until smooth. Add dry mustard, thyme, the mushroom mixture with any juices and the turkey.
  • Simmer 5 minutes, or until heated through and bubbly.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in sour cream.
  • Serve over egg noodles and garnish with parsley

Notes

Use any combination of fresh herbs in this recipe including thyme, rosemary, parsley, or sage.

If you do not have leftover turkey, leftover chicken or ground turkey will work in this recipe. Brown ground turkey in a pan until no pink remains and drain juices before adding to the recipe.

When adding the mushrooms back to the sauce, be sure to include including the juices to add flavor!

Remove the sauce from the heat before adding sour cream. Sour cream can curdle if overheated.

Nutritional information does not include pasta or potatoes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 417 | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 155mg | Sodium: 401mg | Potassium: 507mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 920IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 2mg
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pan of Herbed Turkey Stroganoff with writing
pan full of Herbed Turkey Stroganoff with a title
cooking Herbed Turkey Stroganoff with plated dish and a title

Originally posted at Spend with Pennies

Easy Cheesy One Pot Ground Turkey Pasta

This ground turkey pasta is a super easy cheesy meal made in just one pot! It’s so delicious, reminiscent of our favorite hamburger helper recipe but healthier and just as easy!

Add this to your dinner rotation; the entire family will love it!

top view of Cheesy Ground Turkey Pasta in a pot

Why You Need This One-Pot Pasta

  • This easy recipe is a time-saver; something every home cook needs! All in one pan, no extra dishes.
  • This recipe is made from scratch but is just as easy as any boxed mix you’ve ever used.
  • It uses ingredients you most likely have on hand.
  • The sauce is so good, my family just can’t get enough and you won’t believe how fast it comes together.
  • It reheats well making it great for lunches (although we never have any left over).

Serve it with a colorful tossed salad and some homemade garlic bread!

ingredients to make Cheesy Ground Turkey Pasta

What’s in Ground Turkey Pasta?

MEAT Ground turkey is the meat of choice, but ground chicken would work well in this dish too. Or use ground beef and turn it into a hamburger helper style dish.

PASTA Medium pasta shapes work well in this recipe, I love the way the shells act as little cups to hold the sauce. Penne or rotini are great choices.

SEASONINGS Paprika, garlic, and black pepper add flavor. Add salt to taste.

CHEESE Two different kinds of cheese give this ground turkey pasta it’s signature savory flavor and creamy texture.

Be sure to use a bold cheese like sharp cheddar, it gives this dish a flavor boost.

noodles in sauce to make Cheesy Ground Turkey Pasta

Variations

Ground turkey pasta is also a great way to use up leftovers!

  • Add veggies like spinach, broccoli, or mushrooms (or anything else you think might go well with mac and cheese) for a heartier dish with extra texture and flavor.

How to Make Ground Turkey Pasta

This easy dinner comes together in no time. It’s such a quick dinner to make!

  1. Brown Meat – Brown turkey, onion, and garlic (per the recipe below). Drain any liquid.
  2. Cook Pasta with Meat – Stir in broth, milk, and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Add pasta and reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook until the pasta is tender.
  3. Thicken Sauce – Make a slurry by combining equal parts corn starch & water until smooth. Add to sauce to thicken.
  4. Add Cheese – Remove from heat and stir in cheese.

adding cheese to pasta to make Cheesy Ground Turkey Pasta

Tips For a Perfect Dish

  • Choose a medium pasta shape; shells, penne, bowtie, or rotini are good choices.
  • Different pasta shapes will cook for different times so check your pasta by tasting a piece. Add more time (and a bit more water/broth) if needed.
  • Thicken the sauce further with more cornstarch slurry if needed.
  • Freshly grated cheese will melt better than pre-grated, bagged cheese (bagged cheeses can be gritty). A sharp cheddar will add way more flavor.
  • Add the cheese once the pan is removed from the heat. This keeps it from overheating and separating or becoming gritty.

Leftovers

  • Cheesy ground turkey pasta tastes just as good the next day Keep it in a covered container in the refrigerator and it will keep about 3-4 days.
  • Freeze turkey pasta in zippered bags with the date labeled on the outside and it will keep in the freezer for a month.

One-Pot Wonders

Did you make this Ground Turkey Pasta? Be sure to leave a rating and a comment below! 

top view of Cheesy Ground Turkey Pasta cooking in a pot with a spoon

Cheesy Ground Turkey Pasta

This Ground Turkey Pasta is a cheesy one-pot meal, perfect for a weeknight meal with the family!
Course Dinner, Entree, Lunch, turkey
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 607
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups chicken broth not low sodium
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ¾ teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 ½ cups pasta shells uncooked (or elbow macaroni)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 ½ cups sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese grated

Instructions

  • Brown ground turkey, onion, and garlic in a pan until no pink remains. Drain any fat.
  • Stir in broth, milk, dry mustard, paprika, and black pepper. Bring to a boil.
  • Add pasta and reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook 9-12 minutes or until pasta is tender.
  • Combine cornstarch with 1 tablespoon cold water and whisk into the simmering sauce. Simmer 1 minute more.
  • Remove from heat and stir in cheese.

Notes

  • Choose pasta shapes that are hearty enough to stand up with the meat and any vegetables. Elbow macaroni, penne, bowtie, or rotini are good choices.
  • Different pasta shapes will cook for different times so check your pasta by tasting a piece. Add more time (and a bit more water/broth) if needed.
  • Thicken the sauce further with more cornstarch slurry if needed.
  • Freshly grated cheese will melt better than pre-grated, bagged cheese (bagged cheeses can be gritty). A sharp cheddar will add way more flavor.
  • Add the cheese once the pan is removed from the heat. This keeps it from overheating and separating or becoming gritty.

Nutrition

Calories: 607 | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 115mg | Sodium: 823mg | Potassium: 730mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 694IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 437mg | Iron: 2mg
Cheesy Ground Turkey Pasta in a pot with writing
adding cheese to Cheesy Ground Turkey Pasta with a title
Cheesy Ground Turkey Pasta in a pot with a title
ingredients to make Cheesy Ground Turkey Pasta with finished dish in a pot and a title

Originally posted at Spend with Pennies

Thanksgiving leftover sliders

I hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving whatever you chose or were able to do! We had a very nice dinner with a few family members. It takes a lot of time to prepare for a large meal between thinking of what to serve, buying the ingredients, prepping, cooking and cleaning up after for a meal that takes less than 30 minutes to eat. For me I wouldn’t change a thing! We have gone out to dinner only once or twice that I can remember over the years and it is just not the same. Plus I LOVE having leftovers as is or turning them into something else to snack on.

a couple of years I made Thanksgiving egg rolls which were a huge hit. Thanksgiving Leftover Egg Roll. This year I made Thanksgiving leftover sliders which were super easy to make and very tasty a definite keeper. I will make sure to have rolls on hand to make these again next year.


There are also two other recipes we had at the table that I plan on writing about and sharing with you over the next couple of weeks that will also be on our table throughout the year. My daughter made a brussel sprout pomegrante salad that was excellent and I made a butternut squash soup that was fantastic so stay tuned for those. I think the salad would be perfect on your table for this years Christmas dinner.

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Thanksgiving leftover sliders

great way to use up some of your leftovers
Course lunch, Snack
Keyword cranberry sauce, dressing, turkey
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Author dclarkabal

Ingredients

  • 1 package hawaiin rolls 12 pack or even more
  • 1/2 cup cranberry sauce
  • 1+ cup stuffing
  • 3-4 slices havarti cheese or swiss, provolone whatever you have on hand
  • 1+ cup shredded turkey
  • 1/2 stick butter melted
  • 2 tablespoon dijon mustard

Instructions

  • slice the buns in half length wise. cover one half with cheese slices, add your shredded turkey and then your stuffing
  • on the other half spread your cranberry sauce and then flip that side onto the turkey side.
  • melt the butter and add the dijon mustard.
  • place on a baking sheet. Brush on some of the melted butter dijon mixture and bake for 7-8 minutes.
  • You could bake the turkey cheese side of the buns for 2-3 minutes before adding the cranberry side, it would give the cheese time to melt and let the turkey and stuffing heat up more. Some of the buns got a little browner than I liked because I wanted the cheese to melt.

Originally posted at Cooking at Clark Towers