Turkey Burgers with Caramelized Onions and Aioli

Turkey Burgers with Caramelized Onions and Aioli are piled high with sweet caramelized onions and a creamy garlic aioli! A next-level recipe for your next party, game day or holiday.

Serve these turkey burgers with a side of homemade Shoestring French Fries! This burger recipe is so good, you won’t miss the bun if you’re trying to follow a low carb diet, you can serve a Caesar Salad on the side or Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower!

Turkey burger with caramelized onions and garlic aioli

Why Make Burgers With Turkey?

Well because turkey burgers are super delicious, for one. But ground turkey is also a little healthier than ground beef if you’re looking to save on saturated fat levels, but TBH, is you’re using a real lean ground beef there’s not too much difference nutritionally.

So why make turkey burgers? Because we love how they taste! We’re all about flavor here, and to us there’s regular burgers and there’s turkey burgers. Just two different flavors, equally as delicious.

Ingredients For This Next Level Turkey Burgers with Caramelized Onions and Aioli

First we start with our delicious, juicy Turkey Burger patties, then we pile on the toppings! For these burgers we added caramelized onions and a simple to make garlic aioli, which is like a kicked up mayonnaise sauce.

The combination of these toppings for this turkey burger recipe is literally out of this world good. These aren’t your diet turkey burgers that are all dry and falling apart on you. These are legit, next level turkey burgers that anyone is going to flip for.

turkey burger patties stacked on a black plate

How To Make These Next Level Turkey Burgers with Caramelized Onions and Aioli

Start by making some caramelized onions. You can use our Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions, or follow the directions in the recipe card. Caramelized onions are so sweet and flavorful, even if you think you don’t like onions you definitely need to try them this way.

While the onions are cooking you can make the garlic aioli so that the flavors can blend together for a few minutes while you make the burgers. Our easy turkey burger patties, which we make in bulk, are going to be the perfect base for this recipe!

Once you get everything made just assemble the turkey burgers as shown, with the aioli first and lots of it, then a good amount of the caramelized onions on top. We like serving these turkey burgers on a sesame seed bun for extra crunch!

Turkey burger recipe with caramelized onions and garlic aioli on top

How To Keep Turkey Burgers From Falling Apart

This is a question we know gets asked a lot. Ground turkey is a much wetter meat than ground beef, which is why a lot of turkey burger recipes call for adding bread crumbs to the mixture.

Well I can tell you that there’s no breadcrumbs in our turkey burger recipe! I don’t know, mixing bread crumbs into a meat mixture just reminds me of more of a meatloaf recipe. Which this is not.

So how do you keep these turkey burgers together? The mayonnaise and the eggs will help to bind the ground turkey together. The other tip is just to not handle them so much. Spray your hands with non-stick cooking spray and then get in there and grab some of the turkey mixture.

Form the mixture into patties and then get them right into your hot skillet or griddle. You can almost form them a little more once they are in the skillet if you’re concerned about making then look pretty, but once they cook for a few minutes on one side they’ll be easy enough to flip without coming apart.

Next Level Turkey Burgers with Caramelized Onion & Aioli are an over the top turkey burger recipe

How To Store Leftover Turkey Burgers

Meal prepping is big at our house, which is why we make a lot of these burgers and save them for a quick lunch or dinner during the week! All you need to do is wrap them in aluminum foil or place them in a container and keep them in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Our usually don’t last that long but if you want to big batch these turkey burgers then plan on getting through them in about that time.

Can I Freeze Turkey Burger Patties?

Yes! So do make as many as you please…we love having these tasty patties on hand whenever we need a fix. Simply thaw them out in the refrigerator and then you can reheat them in a skillet or the oven. Even the microwave will work, too!

What Can I Serve With Turkey Burgers?

We covered the fries already, so let’s get some other ideas for side dishes!

Turkey burger with caramelized onions and garlic aioli

Turkey Burgers with Caramelized Onions and Aioli

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x

Try these Turkey Burgers with Caramelized Onions and Aioli at your next party!



Garlic Aioli: (or try our Roasted Garlic Aioli)

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Caramelized Onions: (Or use our Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions Recipe for a large batch)

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 large onions, peeled and sliced thin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper


  1. Start the caramelized onions by adding the butter and oil to a large skillet over medium low heat. Once the butter is melted add the onions and stir to coat in the butter and oil.
  2. Season the onions with the salt and pepper and cook over low heat for 30 minutes, stirring often so that the onions don’t burn. The onions are done when they are golden brown and caramelized. Add the onions to a bowl and cover until ready to use.
  3. While the onions are cooking you can make the aioli by adding all the ingredients to a small bowl and stirring to combine. Let the aioli sit at room temperature until you’re ready to add it to the turkey burgers.
  4. Mix the ingredients together for the turkey burgers and divide into 6 large patties. Spray a large skillet with non stick cooking pray and cook the turkey burgers over medium heat for 5 minutes on each side until the turkey is no longer pink inside.
  5. Serve the burgers by adding a patty to each bun, topping with the garlic aioli and some caramelized onions.
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American

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41 Responses
  1. Caranetta

    OM friggin G!!!!! All hail turkey burger god! Listen, you killed this recipe! I have never had a juicier turkey burger than the one that I made, following your recipe, this past Friday night. I wanted to slap myself and then you because it is the absolute BOMB! (I wouldn’t really slap you it’s just a saying that we say when something taste that good..lol) I can’t wait to make it again. I toasted the bun on my grill for my son and placed the aioli on it with Romain lettuce and provolone cheese and the onions and gave it to my fussy son and then I waited for his reaction. He took a bite and then looked at me, nodded his head and gave me a high five! Lol! I’m doing keto so I had mine on top of the romaine lettuce and each bite was better than the first. I will forever be using your recipe as it is hands down pure perfection. Not one thing wouldn’t add or take anything away from it. Thank you soooooooo much!!!!!!

    1. Dan

      Wow, such high praise! Thank you so much – and I LOVE hearing about picky eaters…since I was the biggest one of all before we started this site! Thanks so much!

  2. Aimee A

    Looks could kill when I said turkey burgers were for dinner. Luckily, my husband & I had just made up after a “discussion” so he wasn’t going to argue -and I promised my boys Freddy’s if it all went to hell on the grill. This was my first go ever at a turkey burger (never had one either) so I was skeptical as I was forming the patties…first bites & a chorus of “umm-hmm” erupted with wide eyes & nodding heads. 8 turkey burger converts: hallelujah!

    1. Dan

      Well that is a huge relief! And I feel you, I know how these dinner debates can be sometimes, so I’m glad this one turned out for you! We cook our turkey burgers in a skillet…how did they turn out on the grill?

  3. Pat

    This was delicious!! Followed the recipe exactly, only issue I had was it was VERY wet and I had a hard time shaping them. I sprayed cooking spray on my hands as you suggest, but still hard to form the burger.
    This however will not deter me from making them again because they were delicious!!
    Any suggestions for forming burger would be helpful.

    1. Dan

      These burger patties are very wet. The best way to handle them is just how you did it and then from them a little more when they are cooking in the pan. One way that does help a little is if you chill the meat mixture for a couple of hours before cooking.

  4. Christina

    First review I’ve ever written, burgers were just that good! Very juicy and full of so much flavor. Definitely will make again!

  5. Cathy C

    First turkey burger that wasn’t dry. Because it was so wet I added a little less than a 1/4 cup of seasoned bread crumbs to bind it. It was delicious. Definitely will make again. Thank you!

  6. Jill D

    I am also skeptical when making turkey burgers, always worried they will taste dry and boring. These were awesome!!! Question, I am doing beach body with low healthy fats (not mayo), would you try making these with Greek yogurt as a substitute for the mayo? Thank you for sharing!

    1. Dan

      We are so happy to hear that! I think you can definitely try and use greek yogurt, but I can’t tell you either way since I haven’t tried that before. But if you do try them this way let me know how they turn out!

  7. Kate

    I did these on the foreman grill and was probably a little light of 2lb on the turkey, so mine were VERY wet. The first batch I just lumped on there as best as I could and the 2nd batch I just used a cooking spoon to lump em on like you would a pancake and both turned out great. Not sure if it was just the onions and aioli or the actual burger itself but whatever it was this was a winner – delicious!

  8. April

    I have made MANY turkey burgers and this is my all time favorite recipe!! They are so moist and flavorful and with the caramelized onions and aioli, it is perfection.

  9. Tanya

    Excellent turkey burger. My husband is a red meat guy but he will eat whatever I cook. These were juicy and tender and really good! Thank you!

      1. Angela

        Amazing burgers!! My husband and I have a favorite turkey burger at an upscale restaurant in our area and this could go toe to toe with it! My 17 year old son even commented that he wouldn’t be the least bit disappointed to get this burger when going out to eat, and he didn’t even add the carmelized onions (his loss). We served on brioche buns. Thank you for sharing!

        1. Dan

          Thank you Angela! I know what high praise that is, we have a 17 year old too who also THINKS he doesn’t like caramelized onions but he really does;)

  10. Keshia Dupree

    Wow! I love all your recipes! I’m trying this one tonight but I your presentation and ingredients! Kudos to you!

  11. Susan

    Made this for the family tonight. It was really good but I over did the salt (my bad). We’re not big on salt anyway and every thing has it in it. Next time I’ll get it right.
    The burgers were nice and juicy and the aioli is perfect with the onions and the whole thing is yummy!
    Seved it with a tossed salad.

  12. Marianne

    These are a keeper. Everyone liked them. 👍👍
    Next time I’ll omit salt from the carmelized onion, though. It made the burgers a bit too salty, but that’s just me. No one else thought it was salty.

  13. Marianne

    These were the best turkey burgers I’ve tried so far. The sauce really puts it over the top. 👍
    My only complaint is they’re so messy to eat. When you bite it, the burger starts to slide out of the bun, onions fall out, your hands get greasy trying to put it back together. But so good, it’s worth it.

  14. Natalie

    These were AMAZING! So moist and juicy and just delicious. My teenager who barely eats anything these days scarfed hers down and said I need to make these more often! Definitely my go-to recipe for turkey burgers from now on!

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