7.14.2011

Secret Turkey Burgers

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I was craving turkey burgers. It's kind of an odd thing to crave. At least for me. But, the last time I made them at home, they were so good, I figured it was time to do it again. But better. After purchasing my ingredients and inviting guests, I drove home thinking of ways to enhance my turkey burgers and make them extra good. I went over recent meals in my head, and the one that stood out, with its surprise ingredient, was my last tuna salad attempt. Pickled ginger. Of course. It took my tuna salad to the next level, and I was convinced it would do the same thing for my burgers. I was right.

There's a lot that goes into these burgers, because ground turkey can be pretty boring and dry on it's own. So don't be afraid when looking at the list of ingredients. It's all there for a reason. To make this one juicy and tasty burger. A turkey burger you can proudly serve to your friends.

Now I didn't tell our friends what was in these burgers, but after they showered me with compliments, and I made them play the guessing game, I revealed my secret ingredient. By that point, we were tired and tipsy, but I could tell they were truly impressed with my ginger trick. They just didn't say so out loud. But their eyes gave it away.
These turkey burgers were so good, our friends fell in love all over again.
Super Good Turkey Burgers
Makes 4 burgers

(The below are my approximations, so don't be afraid to use your judgement, unless you have bad judgement, then go ahead and send me an email, and I'll try to help)

1 1/2 lbs of ground turkey
1-2 celery stalks, chopped fine
1 large roasted bell pepper, chopped fine
scallions, 2-3, sliced thin
a good handful of breadcrumbs
1-2 tbsp of picked ginger, minced
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
1-2 tbsp mustard (I used spicy brown)
paprika, cumin, salt, pepper - according to your taste

1) Combine all your ingredients, and shape into patties. Don't play too much with your meat and overwork it.
2) Grill for about 5-6 minutes per side. There are a lot of pink ingredients in these, so don't overcook, thinking they are not done. They are supposed to be juicy.
3) Serve with your favorite toppings. And cheese. Cheese is a must.

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