Monday, May 30, 2011

The BEST Turkey Burgers Ever...

The warm weather and sunshine is (hopefully) here to stay in New England and we're getting our freezer ready for grilling season.  I have this weird aversion to pre-made store bought burger patties that I believe started when I was a child.  My mother always bought ground beef and stocked our freezer with home made burgers and believe me, you can taste the difference.  

Burgers made from lean ground beef are a great source of protein and iron but if you're trying to cut back on fat, burgers made from skinless ground turkey breast offers a great low-fat option.  

Turkey tends to be a little bland when left alone.  That's why we like to jam pack our turkey burgers with lots of fresh flavors like red onion and parsley from the garden!  Mix up a big batch and grill some up this week!  You won't be disappointed!

Prep Ahead Plan:  I usually mix up 2 pounds of ground turkey and make 12 burgers.  If you want a bigger quarter pound burger than use 2 pounds to make 8!  Wrap them individually in plastic wrap and store them in a ziploc bag in the freezer! We put ours on the grill straight out of the freezer.

Turkey Burgers
2 pounds skinless, ground turkey breast
2 tablespoons seasoned bread crumbs
2 tablespoons finely diced red onion
1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons chopped, fresh parsley
2 small cloves or 1 large clove garlic, crushed or minced
2 teaspoons of worcestershire sauce
salt* and pepper to taste
*We like to use a sprinkling of Lawry's seasoning salt in place of regular salt for a little extra flavor!

1.  In a bowl, mix all ingredients together with a fork. Make sure they are thoroughly combined!
2.  Divide mix into the desired amount of patties.  I make 12 out of 2 pounds but if you prefer larger burgers, you could make 8 patties.  Shape into rounded balls and press into patties, wrap in saran wrap and freeze or grill them up!

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