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Turkey Burger made with Bacon Paste on a plate

Turkey Burgers with Bacon Paste

Discover the magic of bacon paste and how it can add incredible flavor to boring turkey burgers. These turkey burgers have are full of great flavor and moisture. There's nothing boring about these turkey burgers!
Course Entree
Cuisine American, burgers
Keyword turkey burger
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 2 pieces thick cut uncooked bacon
  • 1 pound ground turkey (a mix of white and dark meat works great)
  • cup onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper (just a few twists from your grinder)
  • 4 burger buns
  • Optional toppings


  • Preheat your grill for indirect method (see instructions on direct vs. indirect here).
  • Place two pieces of uncooked bacon in a food processor and pulse until it turns into a paste (should only take about 3-4 pulses).
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix ground turkey with the bacon paste, onion, Worcestershire, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and smoked paprika in a large bowl with your hands being careful to not over mix.
  • Form the burgers into four equal sized patties.
  • Place on grill over direct heat. Cook about 4-6 minutes per side for grill marks and a nice char, then transfer to indirect heat. *If you’re adding cheese do it here, when you add it to indirect heat. And then cover until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F. 
  • Remove burgers from heat and build your burgers. 



Flavor tip: If using a charcoal grill, add wood chunks to the charcoal mix. This will add some smoke and most importantly natural flavor from the wood. Yum.