I've tried recipe after recipe for turkey burgers and they always seem to end up blahhhhh. No flavor and they usually have the taste and texture of cardboard. I eat a lot of cardboard so I know how that tastes 😁. I found this recipe from Martha Stewart and it's actually pretty good and Lovey liked it; which is what really matters in this house if I'm making a burger out of turkey instead of beef.
NOTE: I doctored my burger up like I do a beef hamburger with onion, tomato, lettuce and kosher pickle. Although good, it really masked the flavors that this burger has. I would suggest minimal condiments with this burger because the meat is flavored really nice with the sage and garlic. The original recipe actually suggested using a simple tomato pureé spread on it.
Yields 4 burgers
1-1/2 pounds ground turkey - mixture of breast and dark-meat turkey
1/4 cup roasted garlic
2-1/2 tsp. finely chopped fresh sage
1-1/4 cups grated provolone cheese - about 5 ounces
1/2 tsp. each Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
4 hamburger buns
Mise en Place:
- roast garlic
- chop sage
- grate cheese
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, gently combine with your hands the turkey, garlic, sage, cheese, salt and pepper. Do not overwork the meat. Shape into four patties. Refrigerate, covered, until cold, about 1 hour or overnight.
Preheat grill to medium-high (if you are using a charcoal grill, coals are ready when you can hold your hand 5 inches above the grill for just 3 to 4 seconds). Brush grill and burgers with vegetable oil. Grill, flipping once, until cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Alternately, you can prepare inside using a cast iron skillet.
Brush both sides of buns with melted butter and place on grill until lightly toasted.
Serve with crispy oven fries.