Just when you though the health food nuts had met their match… I have tried and tried but nothing has been able to displace the good old greasy burger. My parents make Turkey burgers all of the time. They are good for you and have NO TASTE. Listen, I am 100% on board with health and treating your body right but, at some point we all must demand flavor. All of you carnivores are welcomed back at the table for the most flavorful turkey burger you have ever eaten. I understand it may be the first turkey burger you have ever eaten so you have no frame of reference but, I will take credit for bringing you to the turkey-table regardless. Buckle up kids, here comes the Turkey Burger.
Here Is The Straight Scoop
All you need is a bowl and a bunch of stuff to mix in it. Get some lean ground turkey. The one I bought was 1.25 pounds of 94% lean protein. Grab your sharpest knife and a cutting board. As always you can mix and match ingredients, but here is what I used.
1/4 cup Craisins (use cranberries, or anything sweet)
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh spinach
1 Tbsp Cayenne Pepper (use something else if you don’t like a little heat)
1 Farm fresh egg (ok, any egg but I sound so hipster when I say farm fresh)
Mix this all together. The egg will help hold it together since turkey is a little harder to keep in a tight patty, like beef.
Make the patties about 5 or 6 inches across and keep them thinner than a normal burger. These burgers do not shrink down like beef so make them about the size you would prefer. Exercise a little patience, they need some TLC to form up.
Next take a big drink of beer and wash your hands. This step is not optional.
Step two is a deceptive little topping. In a second bowl (and yes, you have to wash two bowls) mix 1/2 ripe avocado with 2 heaping Tbsps of Greek Yogurt. After that is all mixed up why don’t you go ahead and chop some tomato and add it to the dip. Toss that dip in the fridge so it is good and set up when you need it.
Heat a skillet to a medium temperature or fire up the grill. Use a heavy dose of non-stick something since the feta will sear onto the pan or the grill. I like an olive oil spray since olive oil is…cooler than regular spray, so says science. It will take about seven minutes per side. Don’t flip it over and over! Be patient and try to live with one flip because this bugger can crumble if you are not careful.
Get that hot burger on a bun ASAP. Smear a healthy pile of avocado topping on the meat and add some fresh veggies for a little crunch. Be creative with the entire process. I added some radishes, bell pepper slices, and red onion to the sandwich. Crunch and zing make the burger all the better.
I know that it seems like a lot of work for a burger but it is really good. The part that I underestimated as a carnivore was the flexibility that I held in my hand. Tons of different flavors, dozens and dozens of fillers, and almost any combination of toppings. I think I am going to fire up some coconut with a pineapple topping next time. If it is good I will tell you about it. If it is terrible I will hide in shame.
Get the bread and Let’s Go!