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Stuffing Stuffed Turkey Burgers

It’s easy to have the flavor of the holidays year-round with this delicious recipe for stuffing stuffed turkey burgers. Now that’s something to be thankful for!

A vertical photo of a turkey burger with cranberry topping on a bun with a knife sticking into it.

If you need a break from cooking the typically stressful holiday menu (and who doesn’t sometimes), or you just want to have the taste of the holidays but in hand-held form, then this easy and delicious ground turkey burger recipe should be calling your name. Do you hear it?

Sauteed autumn vegetables will be a great compliment to a stuffed turkey burger. Take a look…

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making STUFFING STUFFED TURKEY BURGERS is available at the end of this post. 

A Thanksgiving turkey burger on a white plate with cranberry sauce and a bun.

The ingredient list;

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Why are these stuffed turkey burgers started in a skillet and finished in the oven?

Since it’s super important to cook ground turkey to a temperature of 165-degrees Fahrenheit, I didn’t feel that cooking the stuffed turkey burgers in the skillet alone would guarantee a completely cooked turkey burger.

And since the stuffed turkey burgers are extra-thick I felt it was important to use the skillet to sear the burgers and get a nice color on them, and then use the oven to ensure doneness.

Are these turkey burgers dry?

Not in my opinion.

With the topping of whole berry cranberry sauce and the moist stuffing interior, I find these turkey burgers to be juuuust right!

How long will the cooked burgers last in the refrigerator?

If wrapped well, these stuffed turkey burgers will last for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.

I wrapped mine in plastic wrap without the buns.

Can stuffing stuffed turkey burgers be frozen after cooking?


Cool the turkey burgers completely after cooking, and wrap the cooked burgers in freezer bags or aluminum foil.

Freeze for up to 3 months.

How to reheat stuffed turkey burgers after freezing?

Thaw the turkey burgers completely after freezing.

To reheat, unwrap the burger from the plastic wrap and place (covered) in a microwave oven, on medium power, until hot in the middle.

Or reheat the turkey burgers in a preheated 350-degree oven for 15 minutes or until hot in the center.

Place the heated turkey burger on a bun and enjoy.

A stuffed turkey burger on a plate topped with cranberry sauce and a berry lettuce salad on the side.

The easy step-by-step instructions including photos for making stuffed turkey burgers are as follows;

  • Prepare the stuffing and let cool. Leftovers work great for this.
  • In a large bowl combine the ground turkey, minced onion, rubbed sage, ground thyme, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Fill the 3½” round molds with 1/3 cup of the ground turkey mixture and press into an even layer.
  • For each burger use slightly less than 1/4 cup of the cooled stuffing and press it into a disc shape that isn’t quite as wide as the burger itself.
  • Top the stuffing with 1/3 cup more of the ground turkey mixture and press it into the round mold to form a patty.
  • Remove the round mold and press the edges together to form a seal.
  • Preheat a large skillet over medium/high heat.
  • Preheat oven to 350-degrees.
  • Add the stuffed turkey burgers to the skillet and sear the patties on both sides (approximately 4 minutes per side).
  • Remove the seared turkey burgers to a baking sheet lined with a rack.
  • Continue the same process with the remaining burgers.
  • Add the stuffed turkey burgers to the preheated oven and cook for 15 minutes, or until the turkey is no longer pink and the stuffing in the center is hot.
  • Top each burger with whole berry cranberry sauce and add the turkey burger to a brioche bun.

A vertical photo of a turkey burger topped with lots of cranberry sauce on a white plate.

Wondering what to serve alongside your stuffing stuffed turkey burgers? How about the following?

“These roasted baby potatoes are creamy in the center, and golden brown and crispy on the outside. Pair all that deliciousness with a dipping sauce made of mustard, horseradish, and mayonnaise and you have the perfect side dish or even a fun and unusual party appetizer!! YUM!!”

Vertical title text image of baby potatoes with garlic and herbs.

This fall chopped salad has all the colors and flavors you love about autumn! It will easily grace any table, for any occasion.

Vertical closeup image of a fall chopped fruit and vegetable salad with pears, apples, Brussels sprouts and butternut squash.

“You’re going to love how easy and delicious these apple pie wedges are to make…and eat. With store-bought or homemade pie crust, apple pie wedges are utterly delicious!!”

A vertical photo of apple pie wedges on a blue plate with apples in the background.

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Below is the printable recipe card along with the nutritional information and instructions for making for today’s Thanksgiving turkey burger

A turkey burger stuffed with stuffing cut in half on a plate with a knife of the side.

Stuffing Stuffed Turkey Burger

Renee – Kudos Kitchen
Have the taste of the holidays year-round but without the fuss with these easy to make stuffing stuffed turkey burgers!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Burger Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 6 burgers


  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 2 cups prepared stuffing cooled
  • 2 tablespoons dehydrated minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • cups whole berry cranberry sauce
  • 6 brioche buns


  • In a large bowl, thoroughly mix the ground turkey, salt, pepper, minced onion, sage, thyme, and garlic powder.
  • Working on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, press approximately 1/3 cup of the turkey mixture into a 3½" round cutter.
  • Scoop a little less than 1/4 cup of the cooled stuffing mixture and form it into an approximate 3" round disc.
  • Place the stuffing disc on top of the ground turkey in the ring.
  • Cover the stuffing with approximately 1/3 cup of the ground turkey mixture and press gently to form a patty.
  • Remove the ring from the stuffed turkey burgers and press the seams of the ground turkey together closed to seal.
  • Preheat oven to 350-degrees.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium/high heat and sear the stuffed turkey burgers on both sides (approximately 4 minutes each side), until golden.
  • Remove the turkey burgers from the skillet and place them on a baking sheet fitted with a wire rack.
  • Place the stuffed turkey burgers into the oven and cook for approximately 15 minutes, or until the turkey is no longer pink.
  • Place each turkey burger on a bun and top with each with the whole berry cranberry sauce.
  • Enjoy!


To store, wrap the cooled burgers individually with cling wrap for up to 5 days in the refrigerator or freeze for up to 3 months.


Serving: 1burger
Keyword burgers for Thanksgiving, how to make a turkey burger, stuffed turkey burger, stuffing stuffed turkey burger, Thanksgiving turkey burger, turkey burger
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I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed today’s Thanksgiving turkey burger recipe as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing it to you!

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Recipe Rating


Wednesday 15th of July 2020

I must give this a try. These burgers look fantastic. Love the spices you used in this recipe. Can't wait to make this. Thanks!


Thursday 16th of July 2020

Thanks, Natalie! I know you're going to love it!


Sunday 20th of October 2019

These are so yummy! The stuffed stuffing is so flavourful and satisfying.


Tuesday 22nd of October 2019

Thanks, Samantha!

Pam Greer

Sunday 20th of October 2019

I love how thick these are!! What a fun take on turkey and stuffing and such a good idea to start them on the stove and finish in the oven.


Sunday 20th of October 2019

Thank you, Pam! I love a good thick burger, and this is one is really tasty!