Craig and I had been eating heavy foods recently, and we really wanted to make some new and a little lighter for dinner. I stood in front of the opened freezer, wasting electricity and hoping for inspiration, when I saw the ground turkey that had been in there for some time. We don’t get ground turkey as often as we would like to because it’s more expensive than ground beef, and when we do, we usually use it in some sort of dirty rice dish. However, we were not feeling the dirty rice at the time.
Craig threw out the idea of turkey burgers, and I was instantly on my computer looking for a good recipe. We were hoping for a recipe that didn’t require a big trip to the store, because it was a rainy night and Craig had to volunteer that evening. However, we were concerned that avoiding a big grocery trip might be too much to ask for since we were hoping for a good meal out of this. A good turkey burger recipe is important, because without the right combination of ingredients, the burgers will turn out too dry and seem like you are eating cardboard. Yuck! The recipe we chose is from allrecipes.com. It was easy and fabulous. Perfectly moist, and full of flavor. Craig was already asking two days later when we could make turkey burgers again!
The original recipe makes twelve small burgers (three pounds of meat). We adjusted it accordingly since there are only two of us and we only had a little more than a pound of meat. When doing the math for the adjustments, we rounded up anywhere necessary (e.g. a whole egg white instead of 7/8 egg white 😉 ).
- 3 lbs ground turkey
- 1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs (definitely not the easiest thing to find dairy-free, but we managed)
- 1/4 cup fine dice onion
- 2 egg whites
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1 clove garlic peeled and minced
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black ground pepper
In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients together, then form into patties. Cook the patties in a medium skillet over medium heat, turning once or so, to an internal temperature of 180.
We had our burgers on a bun with a tiny bit of mayo, some tomatoes, and avocado slices. Don’t mind the diced tomatoes instead of sliced tomatoes (we had tacos the night before for dinner, and that’s what was left), or the mis-sized bun in the picture. I think they add character to the look of this delicious meal!