Friday, October 24, 2014

THE Turkey Burger

My husband is a huge sports fan.  He will watch a random girls high-school softball team play if it is the only sports being televised.  He knows as soon as I am not paying attention to the TV and turns it to ESPN.  Because of this, (before we had kids) we went to a lot of sporting events.  My favorite part of this was the tailgating.  Eating, drinking and hanging out with friends is always fun, especially when in a parking lot surrounded by thousands of people you don't know doing the same thing.  All these sporting events led us to try out new food to tailgate with.  Our turkey burger was always the biggest hit with us and our friends.  People walking by our spot would comment on how good it smelled when they were being grilled. Ground turkey is a great substitute for beef when you are trying to cut back on fat, but because it has less fat, it can be a little dry and flavorless.  That led us to add our own flavors like garlic and onions, fresh herbs and plenty of seasonings.  The end result is the juiciest, most flavorful turkey burger ever.  I cannot order a turkey burger from a restaurant because it will not be nearly as good as the one I can make at home.  I love to make these burgers when I am eating paleo for the day.  I skip the cheese and bun and load it up with avocado, bacon and caramelized onions.  These turkey burgers are super easy to make and taste fantastic.  Even if you or your family is a beef burger purist, these burgers have so much unique flavor, they are sure to be a hit!

Here is what you need:

1-1.25 pounds of Ground Turkey
1/4 cup of onion - chopped and sautéed
2 gloves of garlic - minced and sautéed
1/3 cup fresh Italian Parsley - chopped
2 tbsp of Olive Oil - divided
1/2 tbsp of Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 tbsp of Steak Seasoning ( I use McCormicks Steak Seasoning)
1 tsp of salt- divided
1/4 tsp of pepper

What you will do:
Mix all the ingrediants together and form into 4 patties.  Grill or pan fry 8-10 minutes per side or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.  Top with whatever toppings you like and serve.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Serves 4

The first thing you want to do is chop your onions and garlic.  Add them to a pan with 1 tbsp of oil and sauté for about 5 minutes over medium low heat, until they are soft and and translucent.  We do this to make sure they are cooked when going into the ground turkey mixture.  The onions add a lot of moisture to the turkey burgers and the garlic adds a ton of flavor.

While the onions and garlic are cooking, chop the parsley and put the ground turkey in a mixing bowl.  Add the remaining 1 tbsp of oil to the turkey, 1/2 tbsp each of Worcestershire Sauce and steak seasoning, 1/2 tsp of salt, 1/4 tsp of pepper and 1/3 cup parsley.  Add the onions and garlic when they are ready.
Mix turkey with your hands so everything is evenly distributed.  Once mixed, use your hands to make 4 separate sections.  This will create burgers of equal size, so the cooking time will be the same.
That is 4 even patties!

Form into patties using a burger press or your hands.  Ground turkey can be a little looser than ground beef so don't be afraid to really work it into a patty.  Once they are formed, sprinkle the remaining 1/2 tsp of salt on the top and bottom of each patty to create a little crust and add a bit more flavor. 

Either grill or pan fry them 8-10 minutes per side.  If you do pan fry, add a little olive oil to the pan first so they don't stick.
 Be gentle when turning so they do not fall apart.

While the burgers are cooking, you can get your toppings ready.  We usually use big pieces of Romaine lettuce as a bun, but they are wonderful on a real bun too.  Our favorite toppings are bacon, guacamole, tomato, caramelized onions and pickles.  But use what you like and have on hand.  
 This is basically a full meal right here. 

Once your burgers are ready, the assembly can begin.  If you go bun-less, remember that lettuce burgers are typically more messy, but so worth it!  Don't be afraid to use a fork too.
 Has anything ever looked better?

This really is the juiciest, most flavorful turkey burger I have ever had.  My husband loves beef but he can't get enough of these.  They have been a staple at our house for years and all of our friends and family love them.  I hope you and your family enjoy them as much as we do.  Let me know what you think and what toppings you used!