I made the switch from beef to turkey burgers a few years ago when my father was put on a heart smart diet. He was skeptical about the turkey burgers, but after trying them decided it wasn’t such a bad substitute and they became a favourite at our house. They are not as juicy as burgers made with beef so to compensate and to add flavour I top them with a homemade bruschetta topping (recipe below) and shredded cheddar cheese.
Turkey Burger Recipe (makes 4)
-1 pound ground turkey (1 package from Safeway not exactly 1lb but that’s fine)
- 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard (regular mustard is fine if you don’t have Dijon)
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
- 4 whole wheat hamburger buns (if your doing low carb you can use a portabella mushroom instead of a bun, tastes better with a bun though)
Combine everything (in a bowl obviously). Divide into 4 equal size balls and with your hands form into patties. Place on a greased (I use olive oil) baking sheet and broil until cooked through, about 15 minutes. At this point you can melt some cheese on them (real cheese, don’t ruin my burgers with Kraft Singles please), toast the buns and dig in. Or, you can make the bruschetta topping, which I strongly recommend.
-2 medium/ large tomatoes chopped
- a couple green onions chopped
- 1 large clove of garlic minced
- fresh black pepper
- salt to taste
Chop the tomatoes into small pieces, finely chop the green onions, mince the garlic nice and fine and mix it all together.
I make the topping while the burgers are cooking and grate my cheese. I broil the patties for 14 minutes, take them out and heap on the bruschetta topping, put them back under the broiler for a few minutes to heat the topping, take them out and add the cheese and back under the broiler for another minute or so until the cheese is nice and melted. Now toast your buns under the broiler, put them together and enjoy! I like to serve mine with homemade yam fries and a spinach salad with a honey garlic vinaigrette.
Hope you enjoy the recipe and be sure to let me know how they turn out.