Yum: Turkey Burgers (good ones)

I've mentioned before that I tend to cook without recipes - I'm a dash of this, pinch of that kinda girl. But I made turkey burgers the other night that turned out so yummy and moist I thought I'd make a stab at writing a recipe. Get it after the jump! Turkey Burger Collage2

Really Good Turkey Burgers


1 lb. ground turkey (I used 85% lean)

1 small shallot (or 1/2 large one), minced

1 tbsp. olive oil

1/2 tsp. dried thyme

1/2 tsp. dried oregano

2 tsp. dijon mustard

2 dashes Worcestershire sauce

1/2 c. grated parmesan cheese

1/2 c. panade (find the recipe here)

2 tbsp. chopped parsley

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. pepper


1) Saute the minced shallots in 1 tbsp. olive oil with a dash of salt and pepper, plus 1/2 tsp. each dried oregano and thyme, for 5 minutes or until shallots are translucent. Let cool slightly.

2) Add the cooked shallot mixture, 2 tsp. mustard, 2 dashes Worcestershire, 1/2 c. parmesan cheese, 1/2 c. panade, 2 tbsp. parsley, and 1 tsp. each of salt and pepper to the ground turkey. Mix with hands or two spoons until ingredients are just combined.

3) Form 4 large patties or 6 small patties. Add oil or nonstick cooking spray to a cast iron skillet and cook over medium heat for 4-5 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 165°.

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You can eat these on a bun or over a salad with avocado and tomato for lunch. Or with mashed potatoes and broccoli for dinner. I suspect you can also shape this into a loaf and bake with strips of bacon or sauce over the top to make a fantastic turkey meatloaf. In any case, happy cooking!

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