Jerk Turkey Burgers with Candied Bacon

May 29, 2021
Shanika | Orchids + Sweet Tea
Add some spice to your BBQ with a juicy turkey burger topped with candied bacon and creamy garlic sauce.

Jerk Turkey Burgers with Candied Bacon

These Jerk Turkey Burgers is complete with spicy jerk BBQ sauce, dairy-free garlic sauce and crispy candied bacon for a totally crowd-pleasing burger for weeknights or entertaining.

Closeup of a barbeque Jerk Bacon Turkey Burger

There's something so satisfying about grilling up smoky, juicy burgers in the summer. Whether you're outside on the grill or inside with a griddle pan, everyone loves the smell of burger night---these Jerk Turkey Burgers with Candied Bacon are truly legit!

Of course, I'm not one to stick to the same-old classic burger. I love to take my hamburgers over the top with flavor, toppings and texture without weighing you down. This recipe for jerk turkey burgers is just that:

  • Lean, light turkey meat flavored with intense Jamaican jerk seasonings
  • Crispy candied bacon for crunch and extra smokiness on top
  • Spicy, herby jerk BBQ sauce to infuse the burgers with more flavor
  • Creamy vegan garlic sauce for extra moisture and allium flavor
  • Toasted buns and your favorite toppings to round things out

Hungry yet? Let's dig into the meat of this recipe.

Dairy-Free barbeque Jerk Bacon Turkey Burgers on a wooden board.

How to Make Jerk Turkey Burgers

This recipe has a few different components. I recommend making things in the following order:

  • Candied bacon in the oven
  • BBQ jerk sauce on the stove
  • Seasoning and shaping the jerk turkey burgers
  • Finally, whip up the dairy-free garlic sauce

And serve!

Bowl of fries with a Dairy-Free barbeque Jerk Bacon Turkey Burger.

Making Candied Bacon

First things first, do not leave out the candied bacon. The smoky, sweet flavors are the perfect complement to the heat in the jerk sauce and burgers.

Plus, candied bacon is a three-ingredient recipe. The candied bacon is done when it's caramelized all over. As it cools, it will crisp up nicely.

Best Burger Toppings

Everyone is different when it comes to burger toppings in general, which is why I love using a variety of ingredients. However, for these Jerk Turkey Burgers with Candied Bacon, I like to add ingredients that compliment the bold flavor of the "jerk".

This is a great opportunity to teach children about what they like, how much to add, and helps to develop their palate—which is what I try to do with my son. Plus, maybe they’ll try something new on their own—who knows?!

Some of the most popular burger toppings in my house for these Turkey Burgers are:

  • Pineapple chunks (Grilled)
  • Mango
  • Roasted veggies (bell peppers, poblano peppers, jalapeños, etc.)
  • Caramelized onions or fresh onion slices
  • Cilantro or parsley, chopped
  • Green onion, chopped
  • Dill pickles
  • Sour cream or yogurt
  • Slaw
  • Avocado
  • Cabbage or arugula
  • Relish
  • Herb roasted tomatoes

Barbeque Jerk Bacon Turkey Burger on a wooden board.

Making BBQ Jerk Sauce

This jerk sauce starts with homemade or store-bought BBQ sauce. Then you'll add the traditional Jamaican jerk flavor with some key spices. Yes, the list is a bit long. But if yo have a stocked spice cabinet, you probably have everything you need on hand right now.


To make your own jerk seasoning dry rub, you'll need the following. Just double or triple ingredients for a bigger batch to store overtime:

  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves

By the way, you can go ahead and make a double or triple batch of this sauce. Save it in an airtight container rin the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for up three months.

You can use it to make all kinds of delicious jerk dishes, like:

Two barbeque Jerk Bacon Turkey Burgers on a wooden board.

Dairy-Free Garlic Sauce

To round out the sweet and spicy flavors in your jerk turkey burgers, don't skip the creamy and savory garlic sauce. I keep it vegan because I'm avoiding too much dairy.

You can use regular mayo if you're not avoiding dairy. Otherwise, this sauce is quick and easy to make with fresh and powdered garlic, lemon juice, and a bit of smoked paprika.

If you love this creamy garlic sauce as much as I do, try it on:

Line of Jerk Bacon Turkey Burgers.

Storing Leftover Burgers

If you have leftover turkey burgers, you can store them for up to four days in an airtight container in the fridge. For even longer storage, you can season and shape the burgers ahead of time. Then pop them into the freezer for up to four months.

When you're ready to serve, them let the burgers thaw in the fridge overnight. Then cook them as described in the recipe and serve with toppings.

Topping Ideas

Pile your juicy turkey burgers with your favorite toppings, including:

  • Tomato slices
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Pickles
  • Sliced jalapeños
  • Red onion
  • Slaw

Barbeque Jerk Bacon Turkey Burgers lined on a wooden board.

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Closeup of a barbeque Jerk Bacon Turkey Burger.

Dairy-Free BBQ Jerk Bacon Turkey Burger

May 29, 2021
5 from 4 votes
Add some spice to your BBQ with a juicy turkey burger topped with candied bacon and creamy garlic sauce.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Serves: 4 burgers



  • 16 oz. organic 94% lean ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoon finely-ground sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 4 organic burger buns, toasted
  • 2 Tbsps vegan butter, for cooking


  • 2 cups roughly chopped candied bacon


  • 2 cups BBQ sauce, homemade or store-bought
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 tsps cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsps finely-ground sea salt + black pepper
  • 2 tsps dried thyme leaves
  • 2 tsps organic brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground clove
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin


  • 1 Creamy Lemon Garlic Dressing


  • Thinly sliced onions
  • Your favorite greens
  • Sliced tomatoes




  • Make the BBQ Jerk sauce by adding all ingredients into a small bowl and mixing it all together until well combined. Set aside.


  • Add all of the burger ingredients (except for the buns + butter) to a large bowl, massaging everything together with your hands until well combined.
  • Form the turkey mixture into medium-sized patties with your hands, gently pressing down until semi-flat and perfectly round (about ½-inches thick), ensuring that everything sticks together well. Repeat until all patties are formed, about 4.
  • Heat a medium-sized (about 11-inch) non-stick grilled pan over medium-high heat and add vegan butter until melted. Add formed patties, about 1 inch apart and cook on each side until golden brown with grill marks, about 4-5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and transfer grilled pan with burger patties into preheated oven and bake until patties are cooked through and juices run clear, about 10-15 minutes. Spoon BBQ Jerk sauce atop each patty and let bake for another 5 minutes until sauce becomes "cooked on".


  • To make this this Lemon Garlic Sauce, see my recipe! You can omit the lemon so that it's entirely garlic-flavored!


  • To assemble, prepare your burger buns, top with turkey patties, sliced onions, bacon strips, and the DF garlic sauce. Serve with your favorite side----fries, sweet potato fries, salad, or whatever. 
  • Bon Appetit!

Tips & Tricks

  • STORAGE: Leftovers can be stored for 3-4 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator. And if you're all about making your own burgers for months in advance, then you can freeze them for 3-4 months. Defrost adding them to the refrigerator overnight and then reheating them in the oven until heated through.
  • MAKE AHEAD: You can make your patties and plastic wrap them individually before placing them in a tightly sealed container and refrigerate them for up to 5 days. 
  • BACON: You can always substitute pork bacon with turkey bacon for a healthier choice.
  • TOPPINGS: You can always add your favorite toppings such as greens, tomatoes, pineapple, etc. 
  • GRILL: If you have a physical grill, you can always grill your patties instead of oven baking them on a grill pan. 


Calories: 1292kcal | Carbohydrates: 111g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 77g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 121mg | Sodium: 3100mg | Potassium: 898mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 71g | Vitamin A: 1312IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 194mg | Iron: 5mg


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  1. Oh. My. Goodness!!!!! You have a gift and thank you for sharing it!! These are amazing, we can stop eating the bacon! I love your meals!

    • Hi Stasia! OMG---I'm truly so honored and happy that you enjoyed this recipe! I definitely love this burger! Thanks so much for choosing to make my recipes! 🙂

  2. My family loved these delicious turkey burgers. Prepared the candied bacon slices in my microwave which has an air fry setting - worked perfectly. Added smoked Gouda cheese. We’ll definitely make these again; thank you for a great recipe!

    • Hi Karin! Awww, yay! I'm so happy to hear that you loved these! These burgers are such a staple in our house! 🙂

    • Hi Julie! Unfortunately, I don't add calories to my recipes because it's not a system that I follow! 🙂