Turkey Burgers

I have grown to enjoy turkey burgers more than I do beef, however, I will never turn down a good hamburger on the grill.  This recipe makes 6-8 burgers and I just freeze them individually,  and pull out one or two as needed.   When I want to splurge I will add Caramelized Onions and Jalapeno Cheese Sauce.

Turkey Burgers

  • 2 lbs. (I usually combine lean and extra lean)
  •  3/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs (salt-free)
  • about  1/2 cup onion (or to taste), minced and cooked with a little oil spray and cooled
  • 3-4 large garlic cloves, minced (add to the onions the last minute of cooking time)
  • 1/4 cup water if the turkey does not seem moist enough
  • 3-4 tbsp. fresh basil, minced; or 1-1/2 tsp. dried
  • 3 tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 2 tbsp. low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. seasoned black pepper
  • sprinkle or two of kosher salt
  • brush a little Sriracha sauce on top of both sides while the burgers are grilling (better yet add a dash or two to the meat mixture)

In a large bowl combine all of the ingredients and shape into 6-8 equal sized balls.   By the way I am not a big fan of dark meat like thighs even though I know the meat is more tender and juicy.   Press down gently to form burgers about 1/2-inch thick.  When ready to cook;  grill or pan fry for about 5-7 minutes per side.  The burgers really taste better when you use fresh garlic and basil.  They should register 160°F when they are cooked safely.

How about making a blue cheese mayonnaise: 1/3 cup mayonnaise, 1/3 cup good blue cheese and a tsp. of Sriracha

Don’t forget to grill the buns as it adds a nice touch to your barbecued burgers.

Comment:  Just read in The Best of America’s Test Kitchen 2014 that adding a pinch of baking soda (tenderizes the meat by raising the pH) and adding 1 tbsp. unflavored gelatin sprinkled over 3 tbsp. chicken broth (the gelatin acts like a sponge, holding up to 10 times its own weight in water) helps to trap the juices and tenderizes the meat.

Recipe by cookingwithauntjuju.com

 

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I like to serve these burgers on whole wheat buns or Aunt Millie’s Slimwiches (100% whole wheat and only 2 points on the Weight Watcher’s Point System) with lettuce, tomato, mustard and maybe some additional condiments such as a jalapeno cheese sauce or caramelized onions.

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