06/23/11 Moist Tasty Turkey Burgers

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.
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    Thank you I will try that it sounds yummy and less ingredients = less work.
    2853 days ago
    Thanks for the tips..I'm a turkey burger "fan". I actually like the ground chicken a lot better, since it doesn't have as much "wild" taste to it...but the chicken has the same "dry" problems, so I like your information.

    My fave turkey burger: 1 lb. ground turkey/chicken, 1 cup shredded light cheddar cheese, 1/3 c. chopped green onion, and 1 envelope of dry ranch dressing mix.

    Mix all together and either grill outside or spray pan with pam and cook 5-6 minutes each side on med high heat.
    You need NO other seasoning...add sliced tomato and lettuce. My hubby BEGS for these and they are so easy!
    2854 days ago
    I am a turkey burger fan and my hubby will put a little all-season and olive oil on the patties. I'm giving him your recipe for a bit of a change .... thank you.

    2856 days ago
    Thanks every one! Let me know what you think after you try it. I made them on whole wheat buns spread with guacamole topped with lettuce, baby spinach leaves, and tomato. next time I might mix up different seasonings for a sweet tangy taste using stuff like sweet onion, cranberry sauce and thinly sliced apple.
    2856 days ago
  • JESS0107
    Would have never thought about that! Thanks for the info!!
    2857 days ago
  • KMURPHY763
    I will have to give this a try Carol! It sounds yummy. I can remember having turkey burgers years ago and they were made with ground chili pepper...They weren't very tasty but I would choke them down. Now I am ready to try again! Thanks so much for your post!
    2857 days ago
    Great tips. I was having elk burgers, equally dry, til I found out how much protein they have. Turkey sounds like the way to go. You make them sound wunderbar.
    2857 days ago
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