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Allen’s Juicy Turkey Burgers

Allen's Turkey Burger on a square white plate [1]

Who’s the best cook in the family out of my large group of cousins on my dad’s side? This was the question supposedly answered by my cousin Allen who claimed he held the crown and title. I don’t know about that, but he did come up with a good combination of herbs and seasonings for a delicious, juicy turkey burger.

Image 1: Raw ground turkey with seasons sprinkled on top in a stainless steel bowl; Image 2: Raw ground turkey with breadcrumbs and a whole egg out of the shell on the meat all sitting in a white bowl [2]

If you’re looking for a good recipe to help kick-off the grilling and barbeque season, I definitely recommend Allen’s juicy turkey burgers. As long as you use ground turkey thighs or ground turkey breast no leaner than 97/3, you should have a tasty burger.

I have tasted turkey burgers, plenty unfortunately, that taste like cardboard, and that’s basically because they were either overcooked or didn’t have enough fat in them. Yes, while overall we want to decrease the amount of saturated fat [3] in our diets, turkey burgers need some fat or else you’re going to get that cardboard taste.

Image 1: Grilled turkey burgers on a cast iron grill pan; Image 2: An assembled turkey burger on a whole grain bun wit lettuce and tomatoes all sitting on a small, square white plate on a wooden table [4]

In addition to using the right kind of ground turkey, the egg and breadcrumbs also help make the burgers moist.  A seasoning combination of dried herbs of dill, tarragon, parsley and sage along with my addition of onion and garlic powder in place of all-purpose seasoning, all make up Allen’s tasty recipe. I was quite impressed, and I think you will be too. Enjoy!

Allen’s Turkey Burgers
Serves 4

1 pound ground turkey thighs
1/8 teaspoon dried tarragon leaves
1/4 teaspoon dried dill
1/4 teaspoon dried parsley
1/4 teaspoon ground sage
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 large egg
1/4 cup bread crumbs
Fresh cracked black pepper

In a large bowl, add the ground turkey and spices, and mix to combine. Then, add the egg and bread crumbs and combine further. Heat a non-stick grill pan over medium to medium-high heat. In the meantime, form four patties with your mixture.

Lightly spray the grill pan with cooking spray and place your patties on the grill cooking for about 7 minutes on one side before flipping and cooking for an additional 7 – 8 minutes until done. Serve on whole grain buns or on what Allen recommends – Pepperidge Farm Deli Flats [5].

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