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Spicy Turkey Burger

5 from 7 votes
This Spicy Turkey Burger is not your typical bland, dry turkey burger! It's bursting with flavor with just a handful of ingredients--including the STAR ingredient, Texas Pete® Original Hot Sauce! It's quick and easy and on the table in less than 30 minutes!
Prep Time:15 mins
Cook Time:10 mins
Total Time:25 mins
Course: Dinner, lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: burger, turkey
Servings: 4
Calories: 548kcal


For the burgers

  • 1-1 1/4 lbs. lean ground turkey breast 90% lean or more
  • 2-3 tbsp Texas Pete® Original Hot Sauce See Note 1
  • 1 tsp seasoning salt
  • 2 tbsp mayo
  • 2 tsp Worchershire sauce
  • 2 tsp olive oil/vegetable oil/canola oil
  • 4 burger buns brioche buns work great!
  • lettuce/greens, tomato, avocado, red onion for topping
  • black pepper, optional

For the "special sauce"

  • 1/4 cup Ranch dressing
  • 1-3 tbsp Texas Pete® Original Hot Sauce


  • In a small bowl, stir together ranch dressing and hot sauce. Amount of hot sauce will depend on your spice tolerance. 1 tbsp is fairly mild, while 3 is pretty hot! Refrigerate until ready to use.
  • In a large bowl, combine turkey, seasoning salt, black pepper (if using), Worcestershire sauce, mayo and hot sauce (again, amount of hot sauce will depend on your spice tolerance). 2 tablespoons is still kid-friendly at my house! Stir together using a spoon or use your hands until well-mixed.
  • Form turkey into 4 equal sized, medium patties, approx. 4 inches across and 1/2 inch thick. Pro Tip: Mixture is very wet, so dipping your hands in a little water will help keep the mixture from sticking to your hands. (I like to place finished turkey patties on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper while forming the other burgers).
  • In a large nonstick skillet over medium-high, heat 2 tsp olive oil or vegetable oil. Place turkey burgers in the hot skillet and cook 2 minutes on the first side. Flip patties, then reduce heat to medium-low and cook 4-6 minutes on the second side. Check to ensure internal temperature reaches 165 degrees using an Instant Read Thermometer like this one.
  • Slather buns with ranch/hot sauce mixture, add turkey patties and your favorite toppings and enjoy immediately.


Note 1: Feel free to customize the amount of hot sauce you use on your burgers! The spiciness mellows out during cooking, but still leaves behind the great bold flavor. 1-2 tablespoons is still kid-friendly! Also, any hot pepper sauce (like Tabasco) will work, too!


Calories: 548kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 82.8g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2.2g | Cholesterol: 166mg | Sodium: 1353mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4.6g | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 4mg