Turkey Burgers

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For a change of pace on burger night we are making Turkey Burgers.  I really enjoy turkey in all its forms.  I would eat a Thanksgiving roast turkey every week if it was feasible (I have been told it is not).  The hardest part of turkey burgers is keeping them from drying out when cooking through.  To counter that I add grated onion and a little water to the patties.  They are very similar to my Parmesan Turkey Meatloaves without the crust.

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I am using 20 oz of 85% ground turkey.  In a bowl I mix that with 1 small grated yellow onion, 1/2 cup bread crumbs, 1 teaspoon salt, garlic powder, ground mustard, a half teaspoon pepper, a pinch of red pepper flakes, and a 1/4 cup water.

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I mix and form into 4 patties.  The outside gets another dusting of salt and pepper.

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I like to cook these inside in a grill pan.  They are a little delicate for the outside grill.  I coat the pan with olive oil and let each side brown really well on medium high heat.

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Once each side has a nice crust I reduce burner to medium temperature to let them cook through.  I flip them again during this longer and slower cooking to make sure the tops don’t burn before the middle is cooked.

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Nice thick slices of cheddar cheese gets added for the last few minutes to melt on the patties.

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Then it is burger feasting time.  Norah ate hers right up but I was only able to get 2 bites out of Spencer.  You would have thought we were punishing him with burgers for dinner!

The Turkey Burgers have so much flavor from the onion and spices that it doesn’t require ketchup or condiments but I do enjoy some pickles with them.

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Turkey Burgers
Recipe Type: Dinner
Author: Blogging with Apples
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 25 mins
Serves: 4
  • 20 oz ground turkey
  • 1 small yellow onion, grated
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt + plus extra for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper + extra for dusting
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese
  • 4 hamburger buns
  1. Preheat grill pan to medium high heat and add olive oil.
  2. Mix turkey, onion, salt, garlic, mustard, pepper, red pepper, bread crumbs, and water.
  3. Form into 4 patties and dust with extra salt and pepper.
  4. Grill patties on each side until well browned.
  5. Reduce heat to medium and continue cooking and flipping until cooked through.
  6. Add cheddar cheese slices for the final minutes to melt on patties.
  7. Remove from pan and add to buns.
  8. Enjoy!


Jeff McIntosh

About Jeff McIntosh

Jeff's family lives in his childhood home on a 1/4 acre in town lot. Despite the small space to work with, they have challenged ourselves to produce as much of our own food as possible — and cook it! They document their journey at Blogging with Apples.