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Turkey Burger Recipes

Posted Aug 14 2009 6:19pm

Do you prefer turkey burgers over hamburgers made from ground beef?  Ever wondered how to make a turkey burger? Making turkey burgers is just like making homemade hamburgers, except that because you are working with poultry, they must be cooked thoroughly.

All the condiments that work on hamburgers - lettuce, tomato, ketchup, mustard, onions, pickles, cheese - are wonderful on turkey burgers.  It’s also fun to experiment by adding flavors more often associated with poultry such as cranberry sauce, mango chutney, honey mustard, or barbecue sauce to your turkey burgers.

You can grill your turkey burgers but I prefer to cook them in a Large Cast Iron Skillet or on a Cast-Iron Grill/Griddle on the stove.

There are a few things to keep in mind when making homemade turkey burgers.

Secrets to great homemade turkey burgers…

  • Choose fresh high quality ground turkey.
  • Mix a little salt, pepper, and poultry seasoning into the ground turkey meat before you form it into patties.
  • Work gently and lightly with the ground turkey or it can become tough.
  • Make the patties a little larger than you want since they will shrink as they cook.
  • Make a 1/4-inch indentation in the center of your ground turkey patty to prevent it from puffing up in the middle while cooking.
  • Have all your condiments and toppings ready before beginning to cook your turkey burgers.
  • Toast or warm your buns for best flavor.

Basic Turkey Burger Recipe

1 1/2 pounds ground turkey (85 to 95% lean)
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning (optional)
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
4 hamburger buns
Desired toppings and condiments

In a large bowl gently mix the ground turkey, salt poultry seasoning, and pepper together.  Divide the ground turkey meat into 4 equal portions.  With your hands, gently and lightly shape each portion into a 3/4 to 1-inch thick round patty. Press the center of each turkey burger down in the center to create a 1/4-inch deep indentation.  This will help prevent your turkey burgers from bulging in the middle as they cook.

Rub oil around a  Cast-Iron Grill/Griddle or a  12-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet placed on the stove over medium heat.  When the oil is glistening and pan is hot, place the burgers into the pan indentation side up.  Cook until the burgers are browned on the bottom, about 4 minutes.  Flip the burgers over with a sturdy spatula and continue to cook 4 more minutes then turn the heat to low and partially cover the pan. Continue to cook until the turkey burgers are completely cooked (160 degrees on an  Instant Read Thermometer ), about 6 more minutes.

Place the turkey burgers on the hamburger buns and top with desired condiments.

Makes 4 homemade turkey burgers

Turkey Burger Recipe Variation:

Cheesy Turkey burgers - Stir 3/4 to 1 cup of your favorite shredded or crumbled cheese into your ground turkey with the salt, poultry seasoning, and pepper before proceeding with the directions above.

Once you know how to make a basic turkey burger, it can be fun to experiment with different additions and flavor combinations. If you are interested in fancier turkey burgers here are some wonderful turkey burger recipes from some of my favorite sources.

Ten Tasty Turkey Burger Recipes from around the Web

The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook, Heavy-Duty Revised Edition

Betty Crocker Cookbook: Everything You Need to Know to Cook Today, New Tenth Edition

What to Serve with Your Turkey Burgers?

  • Fresh Corn on the Cob
  • Old Fashioned Potato Salad Recipe
  • Simple Shredded Romaine & Dill Salad
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