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Red Robin Copycat Chipotle Turkey Burger Recipe

By Rachel
May 21, 2024

This Red Robin copycat chipotle turkey burger recipe will be your new weeknight go to! Ground turkey and seasoning come together to form quick and easy turkey burgers. The Red Robin burger has sliced pepper jack cheese, chipotle mayo, sliced tomato, and lettuce. This burger has all of that on a perfectly toasted brioche bun. Ground turkey is a great lean protein source and is very budget friendly, making this a great recipe for the whole family! This will be your new favorite burger!

Red Robin Copycat Chipotle Turkey Burger Recipe

Highlights of this recipe & why you’ll love it:

  • Simple ingredients: this burger is made with simple, whole ingredients. No seed oils, additives, or preservatives so you know exactly what is going into your burger and how it was cooked!
  • Family favorite: kids and adults will love making and assembling these burgers.
  • Great for summer BBQ’s: make your turkey burgers ahead of time and chill until you are ready to startup the grill. These are simple to cook which makes them great for a backyard party. Set up a bar with buns, cheese, toppings, and sauce for everyone to make their own custom burger.
  • Budget friendly recipe: ground turkey is budget friendly and can be bought fresh or frozen.
  • Protein packed: a serving of ground turkey has 22g of protein and it is a great lean source of protein.
  • Great for meal prep: these burgers are great enjoyed immediately, but they are also great as meal prep throughout the week. Be sure to make an extra batch!
  • Versatile, can be customized: the burger can be made with ground beef or chicken and the seasonings can be customized as desired. Keep your burgers mild or add in spice and texture!
  • Restaurant copycat recipe at home: save some money and make these burgers at home exactly as you like, plus these can be made a bit healthier but cooking them at home.
turkey burgers with chips and beer

Grill the turkey patty on a preheated grill or inside on a grill pan!

Ingredients Used & Substitutions:

  • Ground turkey: substitute ground beef or ground chicken as needed. Spicy Italian sausage can also be mixed in for more flavor. You can use fresh or frozen ground turkey.
  • Garlic cloves: jarred minced garlic can be substituted if needed. Add as much garlic as desired.
  • Kosher salt: I prefer real mineral salt or Himalayan salt, any salt can be used.
  • Black pepper: fresh cracked black pepper if the best in this recipe, ground pepper can be used as well.
  • Garlic powder: add as much garlic powder as desired.
  • Paprika: adds a nice touch of flavor, substitute smoked paprika or Hungarian paprika.
  • Chili powder: substitute cayenne pepper or chipotle powder.
  • Brioche buns: I prefer a light brioche bun, toasted until golden brown. Substitute sesame seeds buns, potato rolls, or any kind of hamburger bun.
  • Pepper jack cheese: pepper jack cheese adds a little heat and extra flavor. You can substitute cheddar cheese, provolone cheese, Colby jack cheese, American cheese, Swiss cheese, or mozzarella cheese.
  • Tomato: a thick sliced beefsteak tomato is my favorite on this sandwich but you can substitute heirloom tomatoes, Roma tomatoes, or on the vine tomatoes.
  • Lettuce: I prefer a crisp iceberg lettuce or butter lettuce, washed and chilled. Substitute romaine, arugula, or bib lettuce.
  • Chipotle aioli: use store-bought aioli or make your own with mayonnaise and chipotle peppers in adobo. Works well on the sandwich and to dip the sandwich in! Substitute garlic aioli.

How to make the Red Robin Copycat Chipotle Turkey Burger Recipe (with step by step instructions):

Quick overview:

  • Combine turkey and seasonings.
  • Portion and form into patties.
  • Grill, assemble, and enjoy!

1: Firstly combine ground turkey with seasonings and mix well to combine. I like to use gloves for this part.

2: Secondly scoop into 6 even portions.

3: Thirdly, form into hamburger patties using your hands, try to get them all the same shape and thickness so they cook evenly.

pan fried turkey burgers

4 : Lastly, grill or pan fry in a grill pan or medium heat until golden brown and cooked through, the burgers should have an internal temperature of 165 degrees F before consuming. Finally, use a meat thermometer if needed.

If you like these Red Robin Copycat Chipotle Turkey Burger Recipe, try these other copycat recipes…

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Starbucks Iced Shaken Espresso with Oat Milk

Copycat Cheesecake Factory Veggie Burger Recipe

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Red Robin turkey burgers at home

Recipe serving suggestions:

I like to serve these homemade burgers with Alexia Frozen Sweet Potato Fries in the Air Fryer, Firebirds Wood Fired Grill BLT Salad Recipe, Cracker Barrel Kale and Brussel Sprout Salad Recipe, How to Make Fluffy Baked Potatoes in the Air Fryer, or Easy Potato Au Gratin. In essence, these burgers go great with anything!

These juicy burgers also go great with steak fries, potato chips, chips and dip, tortilla chips, or frozen French fries. They can be served with any of your favorite sides!

Leftover turkey burgers can then be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. We like to serve these with extra chipotle sauce or other dipping sauces like ranch, mayo, or guacamole. These will be your new favorite turkey burgers!

How to assemble the chipotle turkey burgers:

1: Firstly, toast bun and spread on chipotle aioli.

2: Secondly, add turkey burger, sliced pepper jack cheese, lettuce, and sliced tomato.

3: Thirdly, add any additional toppings and enjoy!

Tools I used for this turkey burger recipe:

  • Rubber Spatula – a must have! Perfect for combining the turkey mixture and they can easily be cleaned! I like these significantly more than spatulas that come apart.
  • Le Creuset 5 1/2-Qt. Dutch Oven – enamel cast iron is great for even heat and perfect for pan frying these turkey burgers. They can also be grilled on an outdoor grill.
  • Pyrex Mixing Bowl Set – I love this set of nesting bowls. I use them for everything, Pyrex glass does not break easily so you can trust on these bowls for years, plus they come in 3 useful sizes and can be stacked!
turkey burger cut in half

Looking for more burger recipes, try my Copycat Cheesecake Factory Veggie Burger Recipe or my easy Red, White, and Basil Burgers. My Chicken Gumbo Sloppy Joes Recipe – Without Soup are another fun, family favorite sandwich recipe.

Not a fan of turkey? You can substitute ground chicken or ground beef, you could also mix in spicy Italian sausage or organ meats in addition if desired.

Recipe FAQs:

What are the ingredients in a Red Robin Turkey Burger?

Red Robin restaurants make their turkey burgers are made with ground turkey and spices like garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, and paprika. In a toasted bun with chipotle aioli, pepper jack cheese, lettuce, and tomato. You can get creative with toppings and sauces as desired. For example, I love adding avocado and thick cut bacon!

What can be used as a binder for turkey burgers?

Eggs or breadcrumbs can be added to bind the turkey burgers together. This is not necessary but it can help to stretch ground turkey further! Secondly, mustard or shredded cheese may also be added for extra flavor.

Do I need a binder for turkey burgers?

You do not need to add a binder, these turkey burgers stay together as is just like traditional beef burgers. I recommend adding a binder if you want to stretch your turkey even more or if you simple want to add more flavor! Adding binders can also help so you don’t get dry turkey burgers.

This hearty burger is filling and flavorful! Firstly, chipotle aioli adds a bit of heat and creaminess, some other toppings that go great with this burger are sliced red onion, pickled jalapenos, sliced avocado, fried onion rings, pickles, bacon (similar to a bacon cheeseburger), or slaw! Secondly, these turkey burger patties make a great weeknight meal or weekly meal prep for the whole family. Instead of going to the nearest restaurant, make these at home!

Red Robin Copycat Chipotle Turkey Burger Recipe

Red Robin Copycat Chipotle Turkey Burger Recipe

Homemade turkey burgers on brioche buns with chipotle aioli, pepper jack cheese, lettuce, and tomato.
Servings 6 burgers
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 2 lbs. Ground turkey
  • 2-3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • Fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 tbsp Garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp Onion powder
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Chili powder
  • 6 Brioche buns, toasted
  • 12 Slices pepper jack cheese
  • Sliced tomato
  • Lettuce
  • Chipotle aioli, store-bought or homemade


  • In a large mixing bowl combine the ground turkey and seasonings. Mix well to combine, it is easiest to use your hands.
  • Portion into 6 servings and use your hands to form into patties. Heat a large non-stick sauté pan over medium-high heat*. Gently sear the turkey burgers, 7-8 minutes per side or until they are golden brown*. Top each burger with cheese and allow to melt.
  • Serve on a toasted brioche bun with chipotle aioli, lettuce, and tomato. Leftover burgers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.


*The burgers can be pan fried or grilled as desired. 
*If patties are browned but not cooked through finish off in the oven or reduce heat, cover, and allow to finish cooking on the stove top. Ground turkey should reach an internal temperature of 165 before consuming.
*If you want to freeze extra turkey burgers, follow recipe instructions and allow to cool completely after cooking. Transfer into an Ziploc bag and freeze for 1 month. 


Serving: 1servingCalories: 548kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 46gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 229mgSodium: 1640mgPotassium: 484mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 0.2gVitamin A: 848IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 76mgIron: 2mg
Author: The Hearty Life
Calories: 548kcal
Cost: $
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Keyword: Burgers, Copycat Recipe, Ground Turkey, Meal Prep, Red Robin, Turkey Burger, Weeknight Dinner

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Turkey burgers with chips and dip

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