Burgers are a staple in our house. My husband requests them at least once a week. Normally I make them with an 85/15 blend of ground beef to make sure they are nice and juicy. I was a little nervous to tell him I was switching things around and making Turkey Burgers. He was a good sport and said he would give them a try.
Ground turkey is a great alternative to ground beef. It has significantly less calories and fat and is still a great source of protein. Compare the 2 labels below.
LEAN GROUND TURKEY
85/15 GROUND BEEF
I have tried Turkey Burgers in the past and they were always dry and bland. I knew if I wanted to get my husband and 3 meat loving boys to like them I needed to step up my game.
Ground turkey is pretty boring by itself…that leaves the door open for you to experiment with different ingredients and flavors. I decided to use eggs (extra protein), panko bread crumbs, salt, pepper and paprika.
Although I love my burgers on the rare side, you HAVE to make sure that turkey burgers are fully cooked. Typically I have the stove on a little over medium heat to sear the first side, flip and sear the other side, then turn the heat down a little and cook longer on the second side.
Be creative in your burger toppings. Not everyone in my house likes the same toppings so I usually have a variety for them to choose from. My oldest son and I decided to venture off the beaten path and top our burgers with sliced pineapple, purple onions and teriyaki sauce. To cut calories and carbs, I skipped out on the bun and used Bibb Lettuce.
These burgers turned out so good! All 3 of my boys loved them and my husband actually asked for a 2nd helping! He said he could definitely make the trade off to save all those extra calories and fat.
Please note that the recipe below has been modified to feed 5 people and it can easily be halved.
2 Lbs. Lean Ground Turkey
1/2 Cup Bread Crumbs (I Only Had Panko And They Worked Well)
1 TSP. Paprika
1/2 TSP. Salt
1 TSP. Black Pepper
1 TBSP. Olive Oil
Mix all ingredients together, except olive oil. Mixture will be somewhat sticky. Pour olive oil into a pan set to slightly above medium heat. Cook turkey burgers until seared on first side, then flip and allow second side to sear. After a few minutes, turn the burner down to below medium heat.
Burger will need to cook until there is no pink in the meat.Allow burgers to rest for a couple minutes to make sure the juices stay in.I hope that you enjoy!