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Easy Inside Out Turkey Cheeseburgers

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These juicy, Turkey Burgers Stuffed with Cheese are simple and delicious! Instead of topping your turkey burger with cheese, they’re stuffed it stays melted and gooey.

These juicy, Inside Out Turkey Cheeseburgers are simple and delicious! Instead of topping your burgers with cheese, they're stuffed with it so the cheese stays melted and gooey.
Turkey Burgers Stuffed with Cheese

I love a good turkey burger on the grill in the summer, especially with cheese and all the toppings. These turkey burgers stuffed with cheese are simple to make, just two ingredients – ground turkey and cheese, not counting salt and pepper. Serve it on a bun or a lettuce wrap and top it with your favorite burger toppings.

 Turkey Burgers Stuffed with cheese are simple and delicious! Made with 2 ingredients not counting salt and pepper.

Turkey burger stuffed with cheese can make them ahead up to a day ahead, then grill them when you’re ready to eat. Grill them or cook them on a skillet or grill pan. A little cheese might escape while cooking, but that’s totally fine!

Helpful Turkey Cheeseburgers Tips and Variations

  • For perfect ground turkey cheeseburgers – be gentle when working the turkey mixture, just like meatballs, overworking can make them tough.
  • Juiciest turkey burgers – You need a little fat, avoid the leanest 99% ground turkey breast meat, I prefer the 93% for the juiciest burger.
  • Swap the protein – use ground beef, buffalo, lamb or chicken if you prefer.
  • Go Keto – leave the bun out and serve it over a bed of lettuce or make a lettuce wrap.

What cheese goes with turkey burgers?

Because the cheese is stuffed in the burger, it melts best. Play around with different cheese options. Anything that melts would be great such as Swiss cheese, Fontina, Colby-Jack, Mozzarella, Havarti, etc.

Burger Toppings

Top your burgers with your favorite toppings! Some suggestions are lettuce, avocado, red onions, grilled onions, mushrooms, ketchup, mustard, BBQ sauce, bacon, etc. What are your favorite burger toppings?

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Inside Out Turkey Cheeseburgers

4.93 from 40 votes
These juicy, Turkey Burgers Stuffed with cheese are simple and delicious! Instead of topping your turkey burger with cheese, they're stuffed it stays melted and gooey.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
These juicy, Turkey Burgers Stuffed with cheese are simple and delicious! Instead of topping your turkey burger with cheese, they're stuffed it stays melted and gooey.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Yield: 4
Serving Size: 1 burger


  • 4 slices 2% American or part-skim cheddar cheese slices, (0.7 ounces each)
  • 1 pound 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 4 whole wheat 100 calorie hamburger rolls, I use Martins potato
  • 4 crisp Iceburg lettuce slices
  • red onion, sliced and separated
  • sliced ripe tomatoes
  • sliced pickles
  • ketchup and mustard, optional, if desired


  • Set grill to medium heat. Clean and oil the grates.
  • Fold each slice of cheese into quarters to create 4 short stacks.
  • Divide the ground turkey into 8 equal balls then flatten into 1/4 inch thick patties.
  • Place a stack of cheese in the center of 4 patties and top with the remaining 4 patties. Pinch the edges to seal, then push the up the sides so they are an even thickness. Season both sides with salt and black pepper.
  • Place patties and oiled grill and cover, cook about 6 minutes per side over medium heat, or until the center is cooked through. Transfer to buns with toppings and be sure to let it cool before biting into the center so you don't burn your mouth.

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Turkey Burgers with no bun: 6B, 6G, 6P


Serving: 1 burger, Calories: 309 kcal, Carbohydrates: 20.5 g, Protein: 33 g, Fat: 11.5 g, Saturated Fat: 4 g, Cholesterol: 90 mg, Sodium: 766 mg, Fiber: 5 g, Sugar: 7.5 g


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105 comments on “Easy Inside Out Turkey Cheeseburgers”

  1. We’ve made these for years and they’re a family fav! Recently, my daughter was diagnosed with a gluten sensitivity and suddenly I’m researching and learning how to cook all over again. I noticed these were not marked as GF and they should be if using the right GF bun. It would be a shame for someone to miss out bc they’re not flagged as GF 🙂

  2. I think is possibly the easiest and quickest recipe to make on Skinnytaste, it’s also one of the best! Everyone in my family loves them!

  3. Sorry, but I forgot to mention that I used ground chicken instead of ground turkey, b/c that’s  what I had in my freezer at the time.  Next time, I will definately make them with ground turkey.  Either way, IMO, these are a tastier & healthier alternative to beef burgers.  Thank you very much.

  4. EXCEPTIONAL Burgers!  We here are SO DONE w/beef burgers, especially since there’s a healthier & tastier alternative available.  To suit our palates, I added a sprinkle each of dried thyme & Rosemary into the chicken mixture, and used the outer leaves of Baby Romaine lettuce – since it stays pretty crispy, & doesn’t release water when it comees into contact with the hot burgers, as Iceburg lettuce tends to do.  These were super yummy!  Thank you 😍

  5. These burgers were so delicious! My husband didn’t even realize it wasn’t red meat until after we finished the meal. My grill time was longer than the recipe stated – probably 8-10 min per side. But I didn’t flatten the burgers very much so that may be why. The cheese stayed put in the middle and was glorious. Thanks for the awesome recipe.

  6. These were really good! My son had seconds and had no idea it was turkey and not beef. Even though I thought I sealed the burgers well, the cheese did leak out the sides. Not a big deal and didn’t affect the flavor at all! This recipe is a keeper.

  7. Now this one was a real winner.  We actually grilled these outside last night in 40 degree weather, but it was fun to have a taste of summer.  Loved keeping the cheese inside.  I sprayed a pan and cooked up a few slices of onion for us to have with these.  We also had some cauliflower to use up so that was our side instead of potato.  I ate my burger with an O’Doughs gluten free 100 calorie bagel and the whole thing was really yummy.

  8. This was delicious! I made it for the first time tonight, but used ground chicken as that’s what I had.

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    Chimere Bobbitt

    This was a hit for my children. I made my sons (111 & 12) make them so they were fun to make as well.  They were tasty, juicy & healthy! We’re having them again tomorrow! Thanks for the recipe? 

  10. What kind of grill are you referring to when you mention grill in a lot of your recipes? Charcoal or a little portable grill? 

    Thank you! 

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    Tracie Varvarigos

    These are one of our favorites!  I really deal the sides up and the cheese doesn’t ooze out, we grill them.  I do have a question, it says 3 green points. Is that correct?

    1. I made 3 fresh ones on the grill and the cheese oozed out upon biting it. I froze one one, and defrosted it. Cooked it in my regular skillet on the stovetop. It was so much better that way. I also used ground chicken.

  12. Did anyone ever figure out how to prevent the cheese from oozing out? I’m going to bake them tonight as I don’t have a cast iron skillet or grill. So want to know the best way to do this without that happening. Defeats the purpose of making them this way if the cheese comes out.

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    Rosemary Burch

    Oh my goodness!! These were absolutely delicious! These will definitely become a regular. My husband and I both LOVED them so much….and super easy. And, I had no trouble with the cheese oozing out at all. We live in a condo, so we do not have a grill. I did this on my iron cast griddle and they turned out perfect! 

  14. This recipe is so simple, but so delicious. My entire family loved them! I need to remember to put cheese in the middle of the burger more often. 🙂

  15. These were so good!!  Due to corona virus affecting my availability of groceries, I made a few edits.  I used goat cheese in 2 and laughing cow (well, happy cow from Aldi) cheese wedges in 2.  I cooked them in a pan for 6 mins per side.  I also used sourdough bread slices as the roll.  And added sautéed onions and a homemade light mayo/sriracha sauce.  

    They were so so so good!  Best recipe I’ve made in a while.  I served them with oven roasted green beans for a healthy and delicious dinner!

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    Jennifer Johnson

    So yummy! Really enjoyed these, my shop was out of Turkey so I mixed beef and chicken minces worked just as well.

  17. I’m confused about the points counts. Not sure how this could possibly be only 3 points on Green, which is the plan with the fewest O pt foods. Maybe Green points are accidentally swapped with Blue or Purple??

  18. Yum! Another successful Skinnytaste recipe. I mashed fresh garlic with the kosher salt and mixed it into the meat along with the black pepper before forming my patties. Subbed the cheddar for pepper jack cheese, so good. Since I don’t own a grill I baked them at 400 for 25 mins as another commenter mentioned. I did lose some cheese out of a couple patties but still amazing! Can’t wait to try again 

  19. I made these last night, SO GOOD!! I will be making them again soon, thank you for the recipe 🙂

  20. I made these last night for the first time using 99% fat free ground turkey and they were so delicious!! It felt like an indulgence without the guilt! I will definitely be making these again.

  21. Yummy!
    I made them inside in a Pampered Chef grill pan (it’s too hot to grill in AZ!) over medium heat and they were perfect. I followed the recipe cooking 6 minutes per side. 
    My adult sons didn’t think I was feeding them “diet” food with this one 🤣
    Without a bun, MyPlate calculates one burger at 218 calories if anyone is GF like me! 
    Thanks again!

  22. I live in an apartment and don’t (can’t) have a grill. How would I cook this in an oven without it drying out?

  23. Oh my goodness these were so delicious! For myself I used one piece of cheese between 2 burgers and it was perfect. My boyfriend scarfed down two burgers. I cooked them in the air fryer and they came out juicy and the cheese did not ooze out. I’m having the other one for lunch tomorrow with oven roasted asparagus. 😀

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    Kristin Manning

    Loved this! I couldn’t keep the cheese inside the burger. If anyone knows the trick let me know. 🙂

  25. Really delicious! I had some trouble with keeping the cheese inside the burgers, but it was still very yummy!

  26. I’ve made these twice now on a George Foreman grill but I can’t for the life of me get the cheese to stay on the inside! It just melts right out. Any tips? The burger is still super yummy and moist though. I love it topped with Trader Joe’s Ghost Chile BBQ sauce!

    1. Update: Third time’s the charm, I guess! Made these again tonight, and I have no idea what I did differently, but it was nice and gooey on the inside! 

  27. I incorporated chopped up jalapeño into the ground turkey and I stuffed my burger with goat cheese, it was amazing!! I put American in the boys’ burgers and they loved it (and loved the jalapeño too!). Yummy, definitely keeping this recipe ready for bbqs!

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    Emily Fischer

    Oh-my-goodness!!! My husband and I had these for dinner tonight and they were BEYOND. These burgers were not dry in the least bit and dare I say I would choose these over a real beef hamburger? This burger was decadent and feels like you went out for a burger but from the comfort of your own home.  

    I also served this with the Grilled Corn Salad with feta which was a perfect compliment to this summer dish!

  29. This turkey burger is amazing!  I’ve made it 3 times since you posted it, for my family and they all love it.  Thank you so much for all your amazing recipes and meal prep ideas.  They truly help get us through the week. 

  30. These are delicious. I’ve gotten good at making great variations of turkey burgers. My favorite is this recipe and adding a package of hidden valley ranch powder.  Served on grilled portobellos!  Thanks for sharing such fabulous tasting recipes.  I follow your blog with every post. 

  31. Is it possible to make ahead and freeze? Do you do raw and freeze or cook and freeze? How would that work?

  32. This was fantastic! Super easy to make. For those who may be hesitant that turkey burgers are too dry you need to make the inside-out burger! We used salt and pepper and some Montreal seasoning and a mild cheddar as our cheese. With some good toppings this burger is truly wonderful.
    Thank you for all of the healthy and delicious recipes, they make changing to a healthy lifestyle easier and delicious!

  33. Jucy Lucy’s!! (Play on the word “juicy”) We don’t have a lot of iconic culinary foods here in Minnesota, so what we have we make fun of and embrace. They’re a big deal here. We even had them served as late-night food at our wedding. If you publish a future recipe like this and refer to it as Jucy Lucy I’m certain you will make a Minnesotans’ day 🙂 Thanks for sharing

    1. Jay Jay…thank you for the reference. I am in St. Paul, and you are on the mark with the Jucy Lucy. There are many ways to prepare them, and I think THe Blue Door Pub does a great job of mixing it up. If anyone is curious, Google The Blue Door Pub in Minneapolis’ menu for alternative ideas.

    1. Love this recipe! Is the green smart points 3? I see in the notes it also says each turkey burger is 6 Points. Thanks!!!

  34. Looks great!
    One tip – I’ve made the ground beef version of these, the Jucy Lucy (they’re popular in Minnesota), and you need to let the burgers sit for about five minutes after removing them from the grill so that you don’t burn your mouth on molten cheese.

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    Meghan Ingram

    Ive had trouble in the past with turkey burgers falling apart on the grill. Any suggestions?

  36. Ewww…dyed orange cheese slices.  There are plenty of cheddar slices in the market that do not have dye.  White cheddar, please.  The turkey burger, otherwise, looks yummy.  Thanks for the recipe.

    1. I think the dye -annotto- is safe. It’s been used for centuries. Maybe I’m wrong 🤷‍♀️ I just googled it. I mean, we aren’t talking cheese whiz here lolol 

      1. Correct, I cook with annato all the time. It’s derived from the seeds of the achiote tree.

    2. The color difference is from a plant extract.

      Like I tell my children, just because you don’t like something doesn’t mean you should say “Ew”.

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    Oh my goodness does this ever look good !!! Showed it to hubby and can’t wait to fix it for us. THX for this.

    Ms. K

      1. Gina,

        How long you think it will cook on a skillet or grill pan? I don’t have a grill either!