Leftover Air Fryer Turkey Burgers

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Leftover Air Fryer Turkey Burgers. How to make turkey burgers in the air fryer from leftovers. A delicious healthy air fryer turkey burger that is easy to meal prep and tastes amazing.

Leftover Air Fryer Turkey Burgers
Leftover Air Fryer Turkey Burgers

Our air fryer turkey burgers are an update based on the leftover turkey burger recipe that we originally published just before Christmas 2016. We felt it needed some new turkey burger love and here is the updated version.

Air Fryer Turkey Burgers

Welcome to my BEST EVER leftover air fryer turkey burgers recipe.

If you want to enjoy something completely different with your leftover turkey and your other Thanksgiving, Christmas, or roast dinner leftovers then try these amazing turkey burgers in the air fryer.

They are a fun alternative to eating bubble and squeak on Boxing Day and TASTE AMAZING!

The idea came to me after last year and my leftover soup. The idea is that you can throw together all your Christmas dinner leftovers into a bowl and make absolutely delicious meals from it.

After Christmas is over with and you’ve gone through all that effort for one day, you’re often left with a lot of leftovers and this is perfect for you if all you want to do is make something delicious quickly and then return to your sofa to carry on watching those Christmas movies and eating that Christmas chocolate.

There is no fuss made as it’s all done and dusted in a jiffy and there is no need to make much of an effort yet here you are with delicious homemade air fryer turkey burgers.

Turkey meat can be a bit boring or sometimes it might be dry, and you can really bring it to life.

Your air fried turkey burgers are made when you mixed your leftover turkey meat with whatever you have leftover in a bowl while your meat is whizzed in the food processor so that it becomes cooked ground turkey.

When everything comes together it is like a delicious gourmet burger that you have at an expensive restaurant.

So next time you reach for the turkey sandwiches this Christmas instead try out one of these delicious homemade leftover air fryer turkey burgers.

Turkey Burgers In The Air Fryer

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OMG turkey burgers in the air fryer are so damn easy to make you will wonder why you didn’t do this a long, long, time ago.

You see air fryer turkey burgers works exceptionally well because turkey is naturally a drier meat compared to others.

That means your turkey burgers are easy to bind together with your other turkey leftovers and can be shaped however you want.

You can of course make air fryer turkey burgers, but there are other possibilities too such as turkey meatballs, turkey meatloaf or even freeze your leftovers for frozen turkey burgers.

How To Make Turkey Burgers From Leftovers?

Of course, you are probably wanting to know the ins and outs of how to make turkey burgers from leftovers, after all this is the main theme going on in our air fryer turkey burgers recipe.

Well I call it the turkey leftover dump bowl. I will stare Kyle out so that he knows not to eat all the turkey leftovers as the more air fryer turkey burgers I can make, the better.

As I love them that much. So, he has learnt not to go and grab the last air fryer roast potato and instead it will end up in the dump bowl.

Everything that goes into the air fryer turkey burgers will go into the dump bowl. This might include:

  • Turkey
  • Gravy
  • Roast Potatoes
  • Mash
  • Stuffing
  • Cauliflower Gratin

Though I am cautious not to add too much gravy as I don’t want the leftover turkey burgers to end up sloppy and not form good burger shapes.

I will then place the dump bowl in the fridge until the following morning so that it can cool down and go hard.

Then the next day, I will grab my bowl and with my hands mix it with my hands like I am making pastry.

Then when it is all mushed up together, I will add in any extras and then I can make it into turkey burger shapes.

Then place it in the fridge to eat later, or into the freezer in freezer bags for another time.

These air fryer turkey burgers are incredibly EASY to meal prep and are a great way to use up your roast dinner leftovers.

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Turkey Burgers In The Air Fryer

Cooking turkey burgers in the air fryer is SIMPLE. You place your chilled turkey burgers into your air fryer grill pan or on a silicone baking mat and then let your turkey burgers cook.

I say cook, when reheat is probably more appropriate, as all the ingredients in the air fryer turkey burgers have previously been cooked. This is wonderful as it speeds up the cook time for you.

How Long To Cook Turkey Burgers In The Air Fryer?

Air fried turkey burgers don’t take long at all to cook. In fact, when we have cooked our leftover turkey burgers in the past, we have always cooked them for JUST 18 minutes.

This may even seem a long cook time BUT these turkey burgers are rather big.

Air Fryer Turkey Burger Temperature?

The air fryer turkey burger temperature is 200c/400f. I used to cook them for longer at 180c/360f but found that they would be soggier. But with the higher temperature you have a crispier burger texture.

Welcome to my best ever leftover turkey burgers in the air fryer recipe.

Leftover Air Fryer Turkey Burgers

Leftover Air Fryer Turkey Burgers. How to make turkey burgers in the air fryer from leftovers. A delicious healthy air fryer turkey burger that is easy to meal prep and tastes amazing.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Total Time23 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Air Fryer
Servings: 2
Calories: 707.16kcal


Air Fryer Turkey Burger Ingredients:


  • Chop everything into medium chunks so that everything will be easy to mix. You don’t want any huge pieces of Yorkshire Pudding or big chunks of turkey. Add everything to a bowl and leave in the fridge overnight to completely cool.
  • Add in any extras such as cheese or breadcrumbs.
  • Using your hands mush everything together so that it forms an enormous meatball.
  • Shape into turkey burger shapes and place back in the fridge for a further hour or you can add to freezer bags for the freezer.
  • Place your turkey burgers in the air fryer grill pan (up to 4 at a time) and cook for 18 minutes at 200c/400f.
  • Serve with burger garnish inside crusty bread rolls.


These are the exact leftover turkey burgers that we have cooked in the air fryer for many years. It makes a delicious use of leftover roast dinner, leftover thanksgiving turkey or leftover Christmas food.


Calories: 707.16kcal | Carbohydrates: 101.87g | Protein: 23.7g | Fat: 24.97g | Saturated Fat: 12.3g | Cholesterol: 58.6mg | Sodium: 957.03mg | Potassium: 1799.36mg | Fiber: 22.62g | Sugar: 21.61g | Vitamin A: 830IU | Vitamin C: 88.47mg | Calcium: 529.25mg | Iron: 3.97mg
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Air Fryer Christmas Turkey Burgers

air fryer christmas turkey burgers step by step

I thought it would be interesting to share with you the behind the scenes of making leftover turkey burgers at Christmas.

The pictures you see above where taken in our pantry straight after Christmas dinner.

We took the food that was leftover from the dinner table, loaded it into the slow cooker, then while Dominic did the washing up, I made air fryer turkey burgers for the freezer.

This is how I did a quick batch of leftover turkey burgers:

  1. Mixed dry ingredients together first and break up big items such as Yorkshire Puddings.
  2. Mixed wet ingredients and made sure there was enough turkey gravy added so that they wouldn’t go dry.
  3. Added grated mozzarella cheese and breadcrumbs to help bind together.
  4. Freeze on a big tray and then add to freezer bags once frozen.

You can of course make your turkey burgers healthy or unhealthy depending on what is left on your dining table.

Can’t make it now? Then pin it for later!

Air Fryer Leftover Turkey Burgers recipe

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