Rather than buying readymade burgers why not make your own? Making homemade burgers means you are not restricted to beef or pork either. In fact you can make chicken burgers or even these turkey burgers for a tasty treat, if you are in the mood for something different. The ground turkey is mixed with garlic, soy sauce, pepper and onion soup mix to infuse it with flavor. You can also add a lightly beaten egg if you want, or leave it out if you do not. This mixture should then be chilled in the refrigerator for 10 minutes or until it is easier to shape into patties. Meanwhile you can get the barbeque hot and then shape the patties.
This recipe makes 6 patties, so feel free to halve it if there are only 3 of you or even double it if you are feeding a crowd. If you do have some patties left over you can always chop them and toss them with cooked pasta and your favorite pasta sauce the following day, so go ahead and make plenty of these delicious treats because you will be able to use up any leftovers. Once your patties are shaped and your barbeque is nice and hot, you are ready to start cooking these lovely turkey sandwiches.
How to Cook These Like a Pro
They will take about 20 minutes to cook, so give them 10 minutes on one side then flip them over and do the other side. The center of the burger needs to be whitish (no longer pink anyway) so you can see when the burgers are done. If you do not want to cut into one to check, use a meat thermometer and ensure the center is 165 degrees F. If so, these are cooked through. If not, give them a few more minutes then check again. Turkey is a lean protein, much like chicken, so take care not to overcook the burgers, else they will dry out and not be so good.
Turkey should be cooked properly so as to eliminate any risks of contamination. Just like with chicken, turkey does need to be cooked thoroughly. Also, anything the raw turkey came into contact with needs to be washed in hot, soapy water. Properly cooked poultry is perfectly safe to eat, but you do need to ensure it is cooked through. If you are in any doubt, cut into one of the burgers and visually inspect it. You will be able to see whether the patties are cooked through.
Some Serving Ideas for Turkey Burgers
We like to serve these in split buns with lettuce, tomato and a little mayonnaise, which is a very simple serving idea, but if you want to add other things that is also fine. Some people like the flavor of pineapple with turkey, so add a pineapple ring to the finished sandwich if you want a touch of sweetness. Swap the mayonnaise for ranch dressing or cocktail sauce if you want, or add some raw or cooked onions, or pickles if you fancy. Something else you can do is lay out all the toppings and condiments on a table and let everyone assemble their own burger so they can pick out what to add to their own.
- 1½ lbs ground turkey
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1½ tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 lightly beaten egg
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 oz package dry onion soup mix
- 6 hamburger buns
- 6 large lettuce leaves
- 12 tomato slices
- 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
- Combine the turkey, garlic powder, soy sauce, egg, pepper, and soup mix.
- Chill the mixture for 10 minutes, then shape it into 6 patties.
- Preheat the barbeque for a medium-high heat.
- Oil the grate lightly.
- Cook the turkey patties for 10 minutes, then flip and cook the other side for 10 minutes or until done.
- When the center of the burgers is white (no longer pink) they are cooked.
- Serve in split buns with lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise.
Turkey burgers make a change of pace from regular hamburgers. They are lighter in flavor, but equally tasty and juicy. These are made by combining ground turkey with seasonings, and then they are cooked on a hot barbeque so the flames can contribute a smoky aroma which suits the other flavors in the dish. Add colorful fresh salad ingredients like lettuce and tomato, as well as mayonnaise or another creamy dressing, and your lovely homemade turkey sandwiches are all ready to serve. You will be delighted to find out how easy these are to make yourself.
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