25 April, 2018
Grilled Turkey Burgers
My friends and I got together one day, back in the fall, and we tried to make chicken burgers. They tasted great, but they just fell apart. This time, we decided to try something different — binding agents. If you ever wondered why egg and bread crumbs were on the ingredient list for meatballs and non-beef burgers, it’s to keep them from falling apart. With that discovery and addition, we created some awesome turkey burgers this time around. Now that I have discovered the secret to cohesive burgers, expect more creations throughout the summer months (curry burgers anyone?).
For these burgers, I took a page out of my family cookbook and added veggies right to the meat mixture. These juicy burgers contain finely chopped carrots, celery, and onion. When I was a kid, my parents used to make “Schrammburgers,” which were hamburgers with chopped veggies in the mix. Now that I’m running my own show over here, I decided to pay homage to that tradition with these turkey burgers. The veggies add a refreshing flavor and crunch to the meat. Other than the vegetables, though, this is a pretty basic turkey burger recipe, so feel free to play around with the spices if you’re feeling creative. Otherwise, these burgers will be a great addition to any backyard barbecue, friends’ night, or weeknight dinner!
2 lbs Ground turkey
1/4 cup Seasoned bread crumbs
1 Egg, lightly beaten
1 Carrot, finely chopped
1 stalk Celery, finely chopped
1/4 cup Red onion, finely chopped
1/2 tsp Garlic powder
Salt & Pepper (or McCormick Hot Shot, if you have it) to taste
Heat grill to 400 – 450 degrees F. While the grill is heating, prep the burgers by combining all the ingredients in a large bowl and mixing by hand until just combined. Grab a small handful of meat and roll it into a ball before flattening it to a patty of roughly even thickness. We were able to make 9 two-inch patties. Cook on the grill for 10 minutes, flipping them halfway through. When you take them off the grill, they should have an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
Serve on your favorite burger bun with your toppings of choice and enjoy! They pair great with potato wedges (recipe coming next week)!