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Friday, August 5, 2011

Turkey Burgers


I wanted to make sure I got this recipe posted while there's still plenty of grilling time left this summer. I first made these turkey burgers a year ago, and we thought they were fantastic! The photo I took was very poor, but I have since made them many times and managed to get a semi-decent shot of them.

Since I don't eat red meat, turkey burgers are a must in our house, and this is my go-to recipe. We love the spices in these burgers, and the cooked red onions really add some moisture and a great flavor. This recipe is easily adjustable to your specific tastes. For example, my mom has a strong aversion to rosemary, so when we had her over I just left that out - they still tasted great. I often used dried herbs in these too, especially when I don't have any fresh herbs growing or on hand from other recipes (they're expensive at the store!) I usually cut this recipe in half, but I've also made up a big batch of these (the full 8 burgers) and frozen them as raw patties. Just let them thaw for a bit and throw them on the grill - delicious. These burgers also taste great made in pan on the stove, so they certainly aren't a summer-only meal!

Turkey Burgers

Yield: 8 burgers

3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 pounds ground turkey
1 teaspoon. kosher salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley (or 1 tablespoon dried)
1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary (or 1 teaspoon dried)
1 tablespoon minced fresh sage (or 1 teaspoon dried)
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves (or 1/2 teaspoon dried)

1. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook about 2 minutes longer, until the onion is tender. Remove from the heat and transfer to a large mixing bowl and allow to cool.

2. Add the ground turkey, salt, pepper, herbs, and remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the bowl containing the cooled onion mixture. Mix well to blend. Divide into 8 equal portions and form into patties.

3. Grill on lightly oiled grates of a gas or charcoal grill (or in a pan brushed with olive oil) until cooked through.

Source: Adapted from Annie's Eats, originally from Simply Recipes

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