Sunday, June 12, 2011

Give Turkey (Burgers) a Chance

A while ago, I discovered this turkey burger recipe in a magazine and decided to branch out from our usual beef burgers. Bill turned his nose up at the mere suggestion of turkey burgers, but I convinced him to try them ... and it turns out they were awesome! He must have forgotten that, however, because when I wanted to make them last weekend he said he didn't want one. So I made myself a turkey burger while he had brats. But when he tried a bite, the deliciousness came flooding back to him and this weekend he requested that I make them again.

Green Onion Jalapeno Turkey Burgers
1 1/2 lbs. ground turkey
1 green onion, white and green parts, sliced very thin
1 jalapeno, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Salt and pepper
4 slices pepper jack cheese
4 hamburger buns, split and toasted

Combine turkey, onion, jalapeno, garlic, Worcestershire, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Using your hands, thoroughly mix all ingredients, then shape into 4 patties. Place patties on a plate, cover, and place in fridge for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare the grill (this is Bill's job). Grill patties over direct heat for 12 to 14 minutes, flipping once or twice. Place buns cut side down on grill and grill until toasted, about 1 minute. Top each patty with a slice of cheese and grill until cheese melts. Sandwich each patty between a bun and enjoy!

I have to be honest. I used to be kind of grossed out by the thought of turkey burgers. I couldn't figure out why you'd want to eat a dry, boring turkey burger when you could have a perfectly juicy, delicious beef burger. But it turns out that turkey burgers can be delicious, too! I'm not sure what it is exactly, but these burgers turn out just right every time. They're moist and perfectly seasoned ... Bill can wolf down two in a sitting, and that's nuts considering he was less then willing to try them when I found the recipe. So if you never have, maybe you should give turkey a chance :)

1 comment:

  1. These look just as decadent as a beef burger! I love turkey, especially the lighter meat, so this is a natural choice for me.

    I can never say I don't like any type of food/food item.. because the moment I write it off, that's when I encounter something that changes my mind! It's like that with everything I suppose. Giving things a chance almost never backfires :D