Meaty and Honest Turkey Burgers

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So this actually happened to me fairly recently:  at a large gathering, a celebration of sorts, we were at the dessert portion of the evening.  Passing around slices of cake, and of course complimenting how amazing it tasted, some skinny, pale, good-for-nothing Millennium had the nerve to fiercely deny a slice, stating loudly, “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.”  Seriously.  This chick is damaged.  You know what else feels good?  Not being a snot and having friends.  Boom.  Roasted.

See, this horrifying human stick figure broke my cardinal rule:  share, don’t shame.  You want to share your little pearls of wisdom and gems of guiding truths?  Fine, but don’t preach them as gospel.  Don’t push your wack-job thoughts, feelings, and mantras on anyone, and never pass judgement.  And for God’s sake, eat cake once in a while.  

In all seriousness, I do try my best to eat healthy, since I have struggled with my weight for most of my life (hence most of my recipes are slimmed down for you…it was out of my necessity!).  So, I have taken something as simple, amazingly comforting, and almost always satisfying as the burger, and lightened it up.  

I know what you’re thinking:  turkey burgers?  Lame.  They are dry, too light, and aren’t meaty enough for my taste!  Calm down.  What did I just say about judgments?  

Yes, they can be all of these things, and I have tried a lot of recipes to prove that!  But I have finally nailed down what I think is a winning recipe that is moist (hate that word, why do I use it?), meaty, and simple.  Here’s why:

  • It’s moist (ugh) because of the wet to dry ingredient ratio.  Just don’t over-mix!

  • It’s meaty because of an ingredient we will add to enhance the umami flavor…it’s the Japanese word for “savory” or “meaty” (it’s also one of the 5 tastes on your tongue).

  • It’s simple, because, it uses common ingredients.

    You can add anything you want to it:  diced onion, dry mustard, etc… everyone seems to have “their own secret.”  I’m just providing a good base.  Enjoy!


    (Side note:  I epically failed to take pics while I was cooking… and while I was eating.  My pictures are from the left overs, which you can see are still yummy!)


Meaty and Honest Turkey Burgers

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Materials:

  • Two mixing bowls
  • A measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • A large, oven-safe pan*
  • Olive oil for cooking

Ingredients:

  • 1-lb ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4c bread crumbs (I highly recommend Panko)
  • 1-2T crushed garlic (depending on your preference)
  • 2T milk (any kind)
  • 2T soy sauce (this is your secret weapon!)
  • 2t black pepper
  • Dash of liquid smoke (optional)
  • Dash of sweet smoked paprika (optional)
  • Toppings you love, such as avocado, tomato, lettuce, onion, mayo, mustard, ketchup, hot sauce, BBQ sauce, and of course cheese
  • A vehicle of choice, such as buns, bread, pita, salad, or a fork

*Due to my city dwellings and lack of access to a grill, I pan-seared my burgers and finished them off in the oven.  You, of course, are welcome (encouraged, in fact!) to fire up the grill and make some magic.

Directions:

As noted above, these directions are based on cooking these burgers by stove and oven.

  1. Preheat oven to 375F degrees.
  2. In a bowl, lightly beat egg.  Add in all ingredients.  With your hand, slowly combine ingredients until evenly mixed.  Be careful not to over-mix.
  3. Allow meat to rest for 5-10 minutes.
  4. Divide mixture into 4 even portions and create patties.  TIP:  feel free to get these pretty flat… they WILL plump up a bit J
  5. Lightly oil a large oven-safe pan over high heat.  When oil is shimmering, place patties in pan and sear for 4 minutes.  Flip, and sear for an additional 3 minutes. 
  6. Place entire pan in the oven until an inserted thermometer reads 165 degrees, approximately 13 minutes.  TIP:  check after 11 to avoid overcooking!

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