Turkey Burgers

After an indulgent Memorial Day Weekend, I decided I needed to make some healthy meals the following week. Enter this Turkey Burger. I snagged some 93% lean ground turkey at the store, and then started to brainstorm the best way to create a moist burger, without adding a ton of excess fat. Needless to say, my experiment was a success! The leftovers also didn’t dry out in the microwave, score! These burgers are a welcome addition to my dinner rotation, they’re super easy, and delicious!

To make these light turkey burgers you need the following ingredients: 1.3 lbs of 93% lean ground turkey, 1/4 cup of minced sweet onion, 2 cloves of minced garlic, 1 tablespoon of dried parsley,  1 teaspoon of hot sauce (I used Texas Pete), 1 1/2 tablespoons of worcestershire sauce, 1 tablespoon of fat-free greek yogurt, olive oil cooking spray, 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper.

To start things off, you want to dice up 1/4 cup of sweet onion, and mince 2 garlic cloves. Add the onion and garlic to a pan over medium heat, and hit them with a spray or two of olive oil cooking spray.

Allow to cook for 3-4 minutes, or until browned. Remove from the pan, and add to a mixing bowl.

Allow the onion to cool slightly, you’re going to mixing it into the turkey with your hands shortly! Add the rest of the ingredients to the mixing bowl: 1.3 lbs of ground turkey, 1 tablespoon of dried parsley, 1 teaspoon of hot sauce, 1 1/2 tablespoons of worcestershire sauce, 1 tablespoon of greek yogurt, 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper.

Now for the fun part, get your hands in there, and mix thoroughly! The mixture might look a little scary, but I promise it’s about to get so good.

Once the turkey and seasonings are combined, divide the mixture into four equal sized patties.

Now, you have some options. These can be cooked on the grill, on a grill pan, or in a cast iron skillet. Pick your poison! I used cast iron. If you take the cast iron route, spray the pan with some olive oil cooking spray, or just throw in a quick glug of oil. I also sprinkled the pan with a little kosher salt, because I’ve read this helps to prevent sticking. Anywhoo. Heat the pan to medium, and add the burgers.

Cook the turkey burgers for 4-5 minutes on each side. You want to make sure they have cooked completely through, or have reached an internal temperature of 165° F, if you’re using a meat thermometer. The finished product should resemble these beauties.

Serve the burgers immediately! I served mine on light English Muffins, with some reduced fat pepper jack cheese, grilled onion, spinach, and tomato. The burgers were so juicy, that I actually didn’t use any condiments! However, if you can’t go without condiments like Chris, ketchup, light mayo, and/or mustard would only amp up the flavor! I think greek yogurt would be good too!

Whatever you decide to do, just make sure you make these, and soon!!

Turkey Burgers
Makes 4 burgers

1.3 lbs 93% lean ground turkey
1/4 cup sweet onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp. dried parsley
1 tsp. hot sauce
1 1/2 Tbsp. worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp. fat-free greek yogurt
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper

Begin by dicing up a quarter a cup of sweet onion, and mince 2 cloves of garlic. Add the onion and garlic to a pan over medium heat, and hit the vegetables with 1 or 2 sprays of olive oil cooking spray. Allow the vegetables to cook for 3-4 minutes, or until browned.

Removed the cooked vegetables to a mixing bowl. Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl with the onion and garlic. Thoroughly mix the meat and seasonings with hands. Once combined, divide the ground turkey mixture into 4 equal sized patties.

Preheat a grill, grill pan, or cast iron skillet to medium heat. If using cast iron, spray or drizzle the pan with oil, and sprinkle with a little kosher salt to prevent sticking. Add the burgers to the hot pan. Cook for 4-5 minutes on each side, until cooked all the way through (165° F internal temperature if using a meat thermometer).

Serve the burgers on your preferred type of bun, with your favorite toppings!



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