Skip to main content

Killer Turkey Burgers with Anne Burrell

Serves 4

Total Time: about 45 minutes


Large Sauté Pan


Chef Knife

Cutting Board

Measuring cups and spoons

Large Mixing Bowl

Paper Towels

*, offering trusted brands for every cook, has all your kitchenware and cookware needs and is a proud sponsor of Rachael Ray’s Yum‑o! Cooking Camp.


  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed and finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 pounds’ ground turkey (mix of light and dark turkey meat, or all dark turkey meat)
  • 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 eight-ounce can water chestnuts, coarsely chopped (not too fine-they add GREAT texture)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sriracha
  • 1/2 bunch of fresh cilantro, leaves finely chopped
  • 4 burger buns (I like the seeded ones)

Optional Garnishes: 

  • 4 slices American or Cheddar cheese (American melts better)
  • 4 slices beefsteak tomatoes
  • 4 slices red onion
  • 4 leaves butter lettuce
  • ½ cup mayo mixed with 2 teaspoons sambal oelek
  • Your favorite Vlasic pickles


  1. Coat a large sauté pan with olive oil and toss in the onion. Season with salt and bring the pan to medium heat. Cook the onion until soft and very aromatic, 7 to 8 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes. Turn off the heat and let cool.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the turkey, ginger, water chestnuts, soy sauce, sriracha, cilantro, and the cooked onions and garlic. (Note: Save the onion pan to cook the burgers in later!) Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup water to the mix–this will keep the burgers really moist! Use your hands to squish the mixture until everything is really well combined.
  3. Make, cook, and eat a little tester patty to be sure the turkey is really delicious. If the seasoning isn’t just right, add a little more soy or a sprinkey-dink of salt. When you’re confident the burger mix is perfectly seasoned, form it into 4 equal patties.
  4. With a paper towel, wipe out the sauté pan you used to cook the onion, coat the pan with fresh olive oil, and bring it to medium-high heat. Add the burgers, being sure not to crowd the pan–if you need to work in batches, knock yourself out. Cook the burgers for 5 to 6 minutes on each side. The burgers should be browned and cooked through when done. If working in batches, keep the first batch warm in a 200°F oven while cooking the second batch.
  5. Toast the burger buns, top with the burgers, and garnish as desired.

Check out for more information!