I have to admit it, I don’t make turkey burgers at home, or at least I didn’t use to. That was until I cobbled together a recipe with a few techniques that made perfect, no-fail, moist, juicy, won’t-fall-apart turkey burgers.
Now I’m hooked. Completely. The world is my turkey burger oyster. You can play around with seasonings, bits of vegetables or bacon, whatever pleases you, but here is your base recipe for a great turkey burger.
What amazed me what that I cooked these suckers until 190 degrees- ten degrees more than I had to- and when I poked the meat thermometer into them, the juices, oh man, the juices that just flowed out were crazy!
I employed a few tricks that if you follow, will help you attain some pretty amazing burgers.
1) Never, ever squish them down. Resist. Even if they are a weird shape, you’re going to squeeze all the juice right out of them!
2) Dust the patties in flour on both sides before you cook them. Trust me. This gave them a fabulous seared coating on the outside that kept the juices in! It worked like a charm!
3) Cook them on a flat top grill, so that they can cook in any fat or juices that do escape. When you cook them on a BBQ grill, the juices just fall between the spaces.
4) If you can, invest in BBQ grilling stones. They have seriously changed my BBQ world. I am in love. The stones make the best EVERYTHING. Click on the link to see how I grilled these turkey burgers! Mmmm!
Like I mentioned, this is simply a base. Add bacon, add cheese, add whatever you like to them, in small amounts, of course. This is just one good tasting, doesn’t fall apart turkey burger.
Man you guys, whenever I write up a recipe for you, I crave it. Just looking at these made me hungry! I was exceptionally happy with how they turned out, because I love a good burger. Sadly, red meat doesn’t love us, so let me tell you how happy I am that these are a nice healthy alternative!
Happy Grilling everyone!
Do not cook these on the BBQ unless it’s on a flat surface. Cooking it in it’s own juices instead of letting the juices drip away helps keep it juicy!
Do NOT press on the burgers, you will lose juices. In order to prevent a dome top, make sure the middle of the burger is indented and start with a very flat burger.
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 2 tablespoons seasoned bread crumbs
- 2 tbsp finely diced onion
- 1 egg
- 1 clove garlic peeled and minced
- 1 tsp Seasoning Salt
- 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 tsp Worchestershire sauce
flour to dust
- tbsp (optional: 2 red or green pepper minced very finely, diced bacon, cheese, etc)
- Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl; form into 4 patties.
- Dust each patty with flour, shaking off the excess. This helps you form a crust on the burger and they won’t fall apart as easily.
- Cook on a skillet or a BBQ stone – NO grills!- turning once, until the burgers reach an internal temperature of 180 degrees F.
- Let rest briefly, then serve.
- Serving Size: 4