Turkey Burgers

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Other bloggers out there are talking about stuffing or cranberry sauce or glazed carrots or roasting a whole turkey. I’m not an expert on any of those those things, but I would like to be somewhat topical with this post. So I started thinking about Thanksgiving and then it came to me — turkey burgers!

I am always in search of a good turkey burger. In my experience, most turkey burgers out there are bland and dry. To combat this, I like to buy dark meat ground turkey and mix seasonings right in to provide more flavor. Ground dark meat has more fat so it has more flavor and is less likely to dry out than white meat. You can also buy a white meat/dark meat mix. I don’t recommend the white meat only since it’s the driest and least flavorful. This is one of my favorite turkey burger recipes. It’s pretty simple and uses few ingredients, but they really shine and dress up a normally boring meal!

adapted from Gourmet

Turkey Burgers

makes 4 patties

1 lb ground dark meat turkey
1/2 cup white onion, chopped
3 large garlic cloves, minced
1  3/4 tablespoons capers, drained and minced
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

  1. Using your hands, gently combine all ingredients in a bowl. Don’t overmix – it will make the burgers tough.
  2. Score the meat with your hand into 4 equal portions – draw a line through half of the meat, and then turn 90 degrees, and draw another line.
  3. Heat some oil on a large skillet on medium heat, shape the 4 portions into round patties and place them into the pan. Cook for about 8-10 minutes on each side, until no longer pink in the middle.
  4. Serve with lettuce, onions, tomatoes, and Dijon mustard on a bun.
Scoring the meat

Scoring the meat is important for making patties of equal size. Once all ingredients have been mixed in, press the side of your palm into the meat, diving it in half. Then turn the bowl 90 degrees and divide in half again. Voila! You have 4 equal-sized portions!

chopped capers, onions and  garlic

I was surprised this recipe didn't call for an egg to bind everything together, but the burgers didn't fall apart despite the addition of the onions, capers, and garlic.

turkey burger

Despite the short list of mix-ins, these burgers turn out moist and flavorful. Try serving them on garlic bread instead of a burger bun for some extra flavor!

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