Friday, June 24, 2011
After having a dry tasteless turkey burger I had to look this up.
The secret to cooking moist and flavorful turkey burgers is adding enough moisture to replace the fat they lack. When we fry or broil them, the little fat they contain drains out and leaves us with dry burgers.
One way to remedy this is to use ground turkey that includes some dark meat, which has more flavor than the white breast meat alone. Packages labelled ground turkey are a mix of light and dark meat, while breast meat alone is labelled as all white meat.
Some Turkey Burger Cooking Tips
Eggs and breadcrumbs, traditionally used to moisten and bind, are also helpful, but a little imagination can add a whole lot more flavor to the turkey burger whilst adding moisture too.
Adding colorful ingredients like chopped bell peppers, tomatoes, or fresh herbs like cilantro, dill and rosemary, can make turkey burgers a lot more appealing to the eye as well as the palate.
I used egg, bell pepper, tomatoes, grated carrots, onions, garlic, lemon juice, pepper and flax seed.
Before adding vegetables, sauté them for a few minutes in a tablespoon of olive oil. Turkey burgers need an extra flavor boost, so use a heavier hand with the fresh herbs.
I sauteed the bell pepper, minced garlic, and the onions in olive oil before mixing in the other ingredients with the ground turkey.
I used an iron skillet with a light coating of olive oil.
I tried these tips and was very pleasantly surprised to enjoy a moist tasty turkey burger I will probably make these once a week. The family loves them.