I’m not a person that looks for a beef substitute; I love red meat! But, sometimes I just want to make something different and these turkey burgers hit the spot. If you are trying to cut back on red meat and you miss the idea of a hamburger then these will be a welcome addition to your lunch or dinner table.
You may make turkey burgers often but I have only been making them in the last year. Here’s some things I have learned.
In order to make a moist turkey burger you will need to add a few more ingredients than you typically put in a beef burger. There just isn’t much fat in turkey and the burgers have a tendency to dry out while you are cooking them.
This is a good basic recipe. You can make adjustments with your spices or add Worcestershire (homemade is best, check out this recipe) or Steak Sauce. Be creative!
3 lbs. ground organic turkey
1/2 cup bread crumbs or ground up gluten free oatmeal
1/4 cup grated onion or carrots
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1 clove minced garlic
1 tsp. salt or seasoning salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
(this original recipe calls for 2 beaten egg whites. I have never added them)
The bread crumbs in this will help hold these burgers together. If you don’t eat gluten then blend up your gluten free oats into bread crumb consistency.
I have always used the grated carrots in my burgers but I am sure that the diced onion add a lot of great flavor.
Decide on the ingredients you are going to use and put them all in a mixing bowl. I use my hands and lightly mix everything up. (Don’t overwork your burger mixture)
I always re-season the outside of my burgers before I put them on the grill.
Heat your grill to 350. When the grill is heated up put your burgers on and cook until cooked through. Poultry should be cooked to about 180. I use a little meat thermometer to check for the correct temperature. I cook mine until they are about 170 knowing they will continue to cook after they come off the grill. Don’t cook these too quickly or too hot because the outside will be too “done” before the inside is cooked.
If you eat hamburger buns then dress these just like you would your beef burger. I don’t eat the bread so I just put all my veggies and condiments on top of my burger and eat it with a knife and fork.