A Note from Chef Logan:
This recipe goes really awesome with the cranberry aioli recipe (coming soon) made from leftover cranberry sauce. A very unique yet obvious way to make a turkey burger with thanksgiving leftovers. A little cheese and bacon, L, T, O on your burger and you don't even realize it's a thanksgiving leftover. It just comes across as a awesome 'gastro pub burger that will make you want a micro-brew pale ale and some good conversation. Since everyone's turkey and stuffing is different check out our youtube video on how to make sure the consistency is right before slapping these baddies on your griddle. If you would like to learn more about how to make the best burger read the Book of Burger from our BBQ Bible.
Introducing the perfect alternative to a classic beef burger: the turkey burger. Packed with flavor and lean protein, the turkey burger offers a delicious and healthier twist on a beloved favorite.
Start by selecting lean ground turkey meat, preferably a mixture of both white and dark meat for optimal flavor and juiciness. Combine the ground turkey with your choice of seasonings and ingredients to enhance the flavor profile. Common additions include minced garlic, chopped onions, fresh herbs like parsley or cilantro, Worcestershire sauce, and a pinch of salt and pepper.
Mix the ingredients together gently, being careful not to overwork the meat, as this can result in a dense texture. Shape the mixture into evenly sized patties, ensuring they are slightly larger than the buns you plan to use, as they tend to shrink during cooking.
To cook the turkey burgers, you have various options. Grilling is a popular method that imparts a smoky flavor and beautiful grill marks. Preheat the pellet grill to medium-high heat and lightly oil the grates to prevent sticking. Place the patties on the grill and cook for approximately 5-6 minutes per side, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C).
Alternatively, you can cook the turkey burgers on a stovetop using a skillet or grill pan. Heat the pan over medium heat and add a drizzle of oil to prevent sticking. Cook the patties for about 5-6 minutes per side until they are cooked through and reach the recommended internal temperature (165°F).
When it comes to toppings, you have countless options to customize your turkey burger. Traditional choices include crisp lettuce, juicy tomato slices, sliced onions, and pickles. For a tangy kick, you can add a smear of mustard or a dollop of mayo. Consider adding avocado slices, sautéed mushrooms, or even a slice of cheese for extra flavor.
Serve your turkey burger on a toasted bun of your choice, whether it's a classic sesame seed bun, a whole wheat bun, or even a lettuce wrap for a low-carb option. Accompany it with a side of crispy oven-baked fries, a refreshing salad, or your favorite coleslaw for a complete and satisfying meal.
The turkey burger offers a lighter and leaner option without compromising on taste and satisfaction. Whether you're looking to reduce your red meat intake or simply enjoy a flavorful and nutritious burger alternative, the turkey burger is a fantastic choice that will leave your taste buds craving more.
So, fire up the pellet grill or heat up the skillet, prepare your turkey burger with your favorite seasonings and toppings, and get ready to savor a delicious and guilt-free burger experience that proves you can have both health and flavor in every bite.