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How to Cook Turkey Burgers in a Cast Iron Skillet

How to Cook Turkey Burgers in a Cast Iron Skillet

Last Updated on 17th December 2021 by

Turkey burgers are the leaner, healthier (and some would say tastier) burger patties. They are a better choice for those of us who like to indulge our cravings for burgers far too often. Instead of stopping by the fast food restaurant to grab a greasy, artery-clogging cheeseburger, we can make up a turkey burger patty and live better. You might live longer if you do that as well.

I know that turkey isn’t always the top choice for those who are looking for a burger for lunch or for dinner, but it works well. The taste is different, but if you cook it well, this can be a very satisfying burger, sating those cravings you have and working just as well as a beef burger when topped with lettuce, tomato, a slice of cheese and some condiments on a bun.

The turkey burger is definitely gaining popularity these days, and for many of us, it is easy to see why. Turkey is a more sustainable meat after all, better for the environment and better for sustaining us than beef. It makes for a good substitute, especially when we know that we should be eating better.

If you are interested in eating better, then it may be time to give up the unhealthy cheeseburger and stop grilling up beef patties and instead choose turkey. It’s called the other white meat, and it is a heathy alternative to beef, lamb, shrimp, and other indulgent meats that contain lots of fats or even toxins.

I want to show you how to cook up turkey burgers in a cast iron skillet. You can make these right on your stove, and they will taste just as good as if you cooked them on the grill, in my opinion, anyway. You still get that charred exterior this way, especially if you cook them at the right heat in a high quality skillet.

Turkey Burgers in Cast Iron Skillet Recipe

You start with a burger patty and a skillet, but you need to be aware from the start that turkey burgers will come out drier than beef burgers. We don’t want a dry burger here, so let’s add an egg to make the burger juicer and tastier. This helps to bring out some of the flavour, too we aren’t trying hide the flavour either. We want to bring out those natural flavours and not disguise the fact that you are eating a turkey patty.

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Turkey Burgers in Cast Iron Skillet Recipe


  • ¼ pound of ground turkey meat
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp of fresh parsley
  • 1 pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 tsp of Worcestershire sauce


  • Mix together all of your ingredients in a bowl and form the mixture into a single patty.
  • Preheat the skillet on medium heat. Add in a couple tablespoons of oil- just enough to coat the bottom of the skillet.
  • Once the oil is hot, add in the patty and cook on both sides evenly. Cook for about 5 minutes each side.
  • Serve on a bun with any combination of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, cheese, and condiments of your choice.

That’s how to cook turkey burgers in cast iron skillet, and it’s fairly simple. The only part that should require explaining is the list of ingredients. Once you know what to put in your burger to make it taste flavourful and keep it moist, then you are good to go. Other than that, it cooks just like a beef burger would, so there should not be any problems. You can use the same recipe on the grill as well, or on a tava or other flat metal cooing plate on the stove.

Cooking Multiple Burgers at Once

You may run into some issues when you try cooking turkey burgers in a cast iron skillet and cooking more than one at a time. You need to space them out. Make sure there is enough room for your patties. I know you probably want everything to get cooked and finished at the same time, but that isn’t always possible. You can put out multiple skillets on the stove, if you have them, but otherwise, just make sure the burger patties are spaced out enough. Give them a little room between each other so that they cook properly.

If you crowd your burgers, they will not cook thoroughly and they may have some cold spots or uncooked spots here and there. If they have enough room, they will cook like they should, all the way through.

Cooking burgers in a cast iron skillet is no big deal, but take your time to do it right. If you rush through it and try to heat up the burgers too quickly and too much, then you will only burn the outside and not cook the inside enough.

Can You Switch up the Seasonings?

You can absolutely change up the seasonings you use and make these a different way. I gave you my recipe for cooking turkey burgers in cast iron skillet, but you can come up with your own. You can make it a spicy burger, if you like, adding in chilli flakes, hot sauce, buffalo sauce and more. You can make a spicy Tex-Mex turkey burger if you prefer, mixing in spicy seasonings to get the desired level of heat.

You can also minimise the level of seasonings that you us, pulling back from my list and using just a small number of items, like perhaps just Worcestershire sauce and garlic. It’s not a bad idea to keep your seasonings limited so that the true flavour of the turkey burger can come out. I love a good turkey burger and never feel like I need to overwhelm the flavour with or seasonings. I like to keep things simple but still ensure that my dish is flavourful.

So, can you cook frozen turkey burgers in cast iron skillet? Of course you can. You get the same great flavour and texture as if you cooked on grill, for the most part, and your kitchen fills with the smell of turkey burgers cooking. It’s a lovely smell, so I often prefer to cook on stove, just to have that aroma all through my house.

I hope this answers any questions you may have about cooking your turkey burgers on the stove in a skillet. There really isn’t anything to it, as you can see, and I hope yours turn out fantastic.

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I'm Pauline, a mother of four grown children, my passion for cooking stemmed from the joy i get cooking for my family. I love to try new dishes, especially when dining out but creating and sharing my own recipes is my favourite thing to do!

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Friday 9th of April 2021

This is an actual masterpiece. Keep up the good work!