Meet the Godfather of the grill: Italian Turkey Burgers.

Cheesy Italian Turkey Burgers. This is THE best turkey burger recipe. Moist and juicy every time!

Made with a 50/50 blend of zesty Italian turkey sausage and lean ground turkey, then smothered in mozzarella, asiago, and grilled peppers + onions, this Italian charmer of turkey burgers is one tasty addition to your next backyard festa (alongside Italian Beef, of course).

If you follow me on Instagram you’ve likely noticed a major influx of too-pretty-to-be-true lakeside photos.

Ben’s parents live on a lake outside of Milwaukee, and their prime spot (plus pontoon boat) means that Ben and I—along with just about every one of their landlocked friends—makes an appearance at the Clarke household on sunny weekend afternoons.

It’s remarkable how an hour of lying around on a boat can leave one ravenously hungry and parched, so without fail every Saturday afternoon, the post-pontoon hoard descends upon the Clarke’s kitchen in desperate search of sustenance.

Cheesy Italian Turkey Burgers, plus the secret to making a turkey burger that is moist and juicy every single time!

On their second year of handling the hungry hoards, the Clarkes now have the weekend afternoon feeding frenzy down to a science.

We light up the grill, pull out a smorgasbord of Italian sausages, then smother them in a wonderful mixture of fiery onions and peppers that Ben’s mom cooks in army-sized quantities.

It’s simple, satisfying, and exactly what I need to see me through a few more hours in the sun.

Why I Love These Grilled Italian Turkey Burgers

Today’s healthy turkey burger recipe takes its inspiration from our lakeside lunches.

Using Italian sausage in the turkey burger blend is both a refreshing change of pace from standard turkey burgers, and it keeps the turkey burgers nice and juicy too.

For extra Italian flair, I added garlic, basil, and oregano to the turkey burger patties, then smothered them in a double cheesy hit of creamy mozzarella and nutty Asiago. Next time, I plan to top them with a little marinara sauce too. Buonissimo!

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Turkey sausage is the secret ingredient that makes these Italian turkey burgers so juicy and moist!

If you need me this weekend, you know where to find me. Please send Italian turkey burgers. I’ll likely be famished!

Italian turkey burger on a blue plate next to a beer

Italian Turkey Burgers

5 from 2 votes
Juicy Italian turkey burgers made with a blend of Italian turkey sausage and ground turkey, then topped with gooey Mozzarella cheese and grilled peppers.

Total: 30 mins

Servings: 6 burgers


For the Burgers:

  • 1 pound 99% lean ground turkey
  • 1 pound turkey sausage, sweet or spicy with casings removed (I used spicy)
  • 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons ground basil
  • 2 teaspoons ground oregano
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 8 ounces Asiago cheese
  • 8 ounces Mozzarella cheese
  • 6 whole wheat hamburger buns for serving

For the Grilled Vegetables:

  • 1 large red onion halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper thinly sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


  • Preheat a grill to medium high.
  • To make the burgers, place the ground turkey, turkey sausage, bread crumbs, basil, oregano, fennel, garlic powder, salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes in a large mixing bowl and lightly combine with your fingers. Make sure the ingredients are fairly evenly incorporated, but do not compact the meat. Shape into 6 patties. Grill on medium high until the bottoms are browned (about 5 minutes), then flip and continue grilling until cooked through, about 5 additional minutes. When the burgers are almost ready, top with mozzarella and Asiago cheeses.
  • For the veggies: Place the veggie slices in a medium bowl. Drizzle with olive oil, then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Place in a grill basket and grill until softened and lightly charred, about 8 minutes, turning the veggies often so that they do not burn. Toast the buns as desired.
  • Serve burgers on the buns, topped with grilled veggies. Enjoy immediately. 

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  1. Oooo I love that you put italian sausage in the burgers! I do that with my meatballs, but have never thought to do it for a burger! These look phenomenal! Have a lovely weekend!

  2. Om nom nom!! I’m drooling just by watching this pictures because burguer + lots of cheese + a bit of italian flair  HEAVEN

  3. Fabulous burgers and I’m loving the melty cheese- grilled veggies are an awesome flavor boost, too!

  4. Have a great day on the water today and enjoy your barbecue. Love the addition of grilled veggies on your burger.~Carolyn @ Cabot

    1. Cathy, that is so great to hear! I’m glad that you enjoyed them and find them worthy of a repeat. Thanks so much for taking time to leave your review. I really appreciate it!

  5. I just made these for dinner tonight and they’re delicious. I must have made my patties small because I got eight out of this recipe and froze the extras for later. Thank you for posting this. :)

    1. Erin, I’m so glad to hear this!!! And we did make our burgers pretty massive, so I’m sure that’s what caused the different yield. At any rate, enjoy the leftovers (they freeze beautifully) and thank you so much for taking time to leave your review!

  6. Oh yeah…. totes know whats on the menu for dinner tonight. Turkey burgers….. Mmmmm! :)
    Especially loving that gooey yummy cheese. 

  7. These were AWESOME. Mixed turkey breast and chicken sausages because Trader Joe’s didn’t have turkey sausages, but still an awesome delish combo (used the Vino & Formaggio sausages – wish i would have looked at the fat content, because they are not super light, but were super good). We did top with a little marinara – they smelled like pizza when I took them off the grill. Fun Sunday night grilling!

  8. These are very tasty burgers!  A half recipe made four, nice-sized burgers for my family.  I used provolone cheese and served the burgers on homemade Italian rolls.  I have made these burgers twice already and will be making them again.  Thanks very much!  

    1. Jocelyn, I am so thrilled to hear this! Thanks so much for trying the recipe and taking time to share your review. It really means a lot!

  9. Was planning on making this for dinner but it’s a torrential downpour (ah!) – any suggestions on how to cook on the stovetop?

  10. These are outstanding! I didn’t have panko so I crushed poppy water crackers. My husband loved them! A winner5 stars