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what do you put in your turkey burgers?

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  • Filmfreaketta Jan 29, 2003 10:30 PM

The other night I put in egg, bread crumbs, BBQ sauce, and cumin and they came out really nice in the broiler.

What other combinations of spices and sauces do you put in yours?

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  1. This is loosely based on one of the America's Test Kitchen burger recipes- I tried it with turkey and it was excellent. Use 1/4 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp pepper per 6 oz of turkey (preferably not all white meat), and add the following:

    chopped green onion
    grated sharp cheddar cheese
    cognac
    minced garlic
    ketchup
    dijon mustard

    I don't find any binders such as bread or egg are necessary as long as the burger is cooked and flipped carefully (I think a frying pan is best for turkey burgers).

    Brown well on one side, top with more melted sharp cheddar after flipping it and cover when cooking on the second side to make sure the cheese melts. Serve on a bun with crisp bacon and well carmelized onions.

    Yes, it sort of defeats the healthy nature of a turkey burger, but who's counting. I find adding some cheese to both the burger and to the top really results in an intense taste contrast.

    1. Chopped onion, Chopped Cilantro, Bells Seasoning, sometimes White Worchesteshire (sp), sometimes cheese.

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        Caitlin McGrath

        You might be interested in this long thread from last September.

        Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

        1. If one adds egg and bread crumbs, doesn't it make it more of a meatloaf or meatball, rather than a burger? ;)

          I just mix the ground turkey with a little Peter Luger's sauce, add some ground pepper and then broil.

          1. I'm hooked on curried turkey burgers with a yogurt chutney sauce. The burgers themselves contain applesauce, mint, curry powder, green onions and mustard seeds. The recipe is linked below.

            Link: http://www.epicurious.com/run/recipe/...

            1. A small can of "whole" cranberry + some choppped onion to about 1 lb Turkey or any of Stonewall Kitchens creations such as the garlic/onion jam, Chipotle maple, Honey Mustard...these items add moisture which is desperately needed in ground turkey .....and ooohh laaaa laaa what great flavor. A personal fav. is the Stonewall fig with some fresh blue cheese on top!!!! Works on Turkey as well as ground beef.

              1. Madhur Jaffrey has a great recipe for Turkey kebabs in her book 'Madhur Jaffrey's Indian Cooking' that I use to make turkey burgers. It has corander seeds, onion, tomato, cilantro, cumin etc and it is amazing.

                I will also sometimes mix the turkey with cooked spinach just so that I get some green vegetable on burger days.

                Adding spinach and/or tomatoes to turkey is good becuase it adds some moisture to the meat.

                1. I make a spicy turkey burger similar to that served at the Highland Grill in St. Paul, MN.

                  Serves about six

                  1) 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded
                  2) 1/2 cup green bell peppers, cored
                  3) 1/4 cup red bell peppers, cored
                  4) 1/4 cup chopped mushrooms
                  5) 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
                  6) 1/4 cup peanuts
                  7) 1/4 cup chopped carrots
                  8) 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
                  9) 1/2 teaspoon salt
                  10) 1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic
                  11) 1/2 teaspoon white pepper

                  12) 2 lbs. ground turkey
                  13) 1 large egg
                  14) pepper jack cheese, sliced
                  15) mango chutney

                  Puree the first 11.

                  Mix the turkey and egg in a large bowl, then add the puree. Mix thoroughly. Portion into 6 oz. patties.

                  Broil burgers. Top with pepperjack cheese and mango chutney. Serve on interesting bun.

                  1. I combine mine with sweet turkey sausages removed from their casings, minced onion and garlic, mustard, soy sauce, worcestershire sauce, a splash of red wine and balsamic vinegar, dried thyme, oregano and a pinch of white pepper. Fabulous!

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                      Janet A. Zimmerman

                      I've never eaten a turkey burger in my life. I guess it just seems to me that to be palatable, it would have to include enough fat that it wouldn't be any healthier than a burger made from beef (and much less flavorful). How much fat do they contain, anyway? If it's a lot less than ground beef, aren't they awfully dry?

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                      1. re: Janet A. Zimmerman

                        Not if you add enough ground-up pork fat.

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                          Stanley Stephan

                          I've had them at restaurants but never cooked one. I've also had turkey meatloaf and turkey hash. For some reason, rather than being dry, they are always watery. Don't know why.

                          They kind of gross me out. Poultry in itself seems more samonella prone than any other meat. So ground turkey always seems like food Russian roulette.

                        2. Feta, minced sun-dried tomato, lots of parsley, and a tiny bit of olive oil for some healthy fat. Even my father-in-law loves them, and he's a die-hard beef eater.