Thursday, April 18, 2013

Perfect turkey burgers

Turkey burgers are a great low-fat alternative to beef, but they definitely need a little extra love to give them some flavor. On it’s own, turkey can be totally bland and easily dry out, but a few simple additions to the meat and careful timing will make them an incredibly juicy, delicious & nutritious option for any bbq!

Serves 4

1 pound ground turkey – preferably dark meat, but light or a combo is great, too.
1 t. salt
½ t. fresh ground pepper
1 ½ t. dry mustard
½ t. ground sage
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
2 cloves garlic – finely chopped
1 green onion – white & green finely chopped
A couple dashes Cholula hot sauce (optional)
Canola oil spray

4 slices sharp, aged cheddar cheese
4 buns of your choice, buttered on each side
Red onion - sliced
Romaine lettuce leaves
1 avocado – quartered and sliced
Whole grain mustard


Mix turkey with salt, pepper, dry mustard, sage, Worcestershire, garlic, green onion and Cholula until all ingredients are well incorporated.  Form into 4 patties and place on baking sheet.  Spray both sides of patties with canola oil.

Grill patties over medium-high heat for 5 minutes. Flip and grill the other side 5 more minutes.  Add cheese slices to the burgers a couple minutes before removing them from the grill so the cheese will melt.

Remove burgers from grill and cover loosely with foil.  Allow patties to rest a few minutes while you lightly grill the cut, buttered side of you buns until toasted.

Assemble each burger with romaine lettuce, a quarter of a sliced avocado, and whole grain mustard & mayo…or whatever condiments you love!

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