Saturday, September 3, 2011

The Secret To Making The Best Homemade Turkey Burgers

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Turkey Burgers are one of those things, at least for me, that I'm kind of iffy about eating. I'm not really sure if I like them or not because I'm a burger guy after all. Being a burger guy translates to, "Where's the beef?" to borrow a famous ad slogan from the 80's. Turkey burgers just aren't beef, they taste like something else entirely, which isn't bad if you know how to make them taste good. That's just exactly what this post will teach you, and maybe every once in awhile you'll say, "Where's the turkey?" That's because the way we make them aren't your usual run of the mill turkey burgers, they got taste, and a lot of it. Here's how to do them at home using our method.

  • 1 pound of ground turkey 
  • Small red onion pureed 
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1/2 tsp of pepper
  • 1 to 2 cloves of garlic (jarred)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

Looks like something alien but it's all part of the plan

Step 1: In a blender, place cut up pieces of red onion, garlic, salt, and pepper, and puree until desired constancy. Then a medium sized skillet heat a small amount of olive oil. When the oil is heated, add the puree, and saute for 5 minutes (above).

Step 2: After sauteing for 5 minutes your red onion puree should look like the above image. Then in a large bowl, mix together the sauteed onions, egg white, soy sauce, and raw ground turkey.  The best method for mixing these ingredients all together is with your hands.  Make sure that they are clean!

Step 3: I choose to make my own bread crumbs (however, you can use store brought if you desire). To make your own, put two pieces of toasted bread in a blender and make crumbs using the chop setting.

Step 4: Add the bread crumbs to the ground turkey and then using your hands, mix throughly. 

Step 5: Spray a skillet with cooking spray and heat to medium. Then split the meat into 4 equal parts and fry on the already heated skillet for 5 minutes per side.

If those fries, look kind of good...they are. For the recipe, please see Comfort Food: Battered Chicken Tenders and French Fries

Enjoy these super tasty homemade turkey burgers. Not only are they very satisfying but they're healthy so you can be full yet enjoy a low fat meal. This will entirely feed a family of four and leave everybody completely satisfied. Also, unlike a cooked beef made burger, they stay better in the fridge and will reheat very well (which helps so you don't have to make a mess of a pan again) and will make a quick and great lunch or dinner.

Bonus: Chef Matt's serving suggestion !


Toyin O. said...

That looks yummy, thanks for sharing.

The Writers, Photographers, and Chefs said...

It was! Definitely makes turkey burgers tasty. Thanks for stopping by!
Best Regards,

Eating Deliciously said...

Love this new take on turkey burgers!

Cheryl and Adam @ said...

IT took us a long time to find the way to cook turkey burgers so they didn't end up like dried lumps of anonymous meat. We finally settled on a panade that delivers moist and delicious burgers so good that they almost rival the beef ones... almost. What you're doing with the red onion would have the same effect of moistening the turkey and delivering some great flavor. Very nice!

Writers Photographers and Chefs said...

Thanks Eating Deliciously for stopping by and your feedback. You should definitely try this.

Cheryl and Adam, your exactly right. It took us awhile too because turkey burger require more preparing of the meat than beef. And thanks for the tip. We'll have to try it your way as well.
Best Regards to you both,

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Perfecting the Pairing said...

I love the idea of adding red onion puree! Great idea!

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