Sunday, April 14, 2013

Tasty Turkey Burgers with Sundried Tomato, Basil & Parsley

What a beautiful weekend it was in Maryland! I hope it was nice where you are too. On Saturday night, I really wanted to make french onion soup for dinner, but Greg said it was grilling weather, not soup weather. He said he wanted hot dogs. I said I wouldn't eat hot dogs for dinner, but I told him I would  make one of our favorite turkey burger recipes. I headed out to the store to get the meat, and at the store I asked the meat counter for 1/2 pound of white turkey and 1/2 pound of dark turkey. When I went to make the burgers, I found out that the store gave me white turkey AND ground chicken. What? It was busy at the counter, so someone else was probably wondering what happened to their chicken! I ended up making it with the chicken, but for the purpose of the recipe, it will be left out. These turkey burgers are juicy and flavorful and amazing. They are pretty much the best turkey burger I have ever had. Serve them with chips or fries. Enjoy!

Recipe for Tasty Turkey Burgers with Sundried Tomato, Basil & Parsley

1/2 pound of white ground turkey meat
1/2 pound of dark ground turkey meat
8 sun dried tomatoes packed in oil, sliced small
2 Tbsp. of the oil from the sun dried tomato jar
2 Tbsp. of fresh basil, torn in smallish pieces
2 Tbsp. of fresh Italian parsley leaves
1 clove of garlic, pressed
1 Tbsp. of Italian Panko-style breadcrumbs
Salt and Pepper
Your favorite type of bun
Slices of fresh mozzarella cheese
Baby Spinach leaves
Sliced cherry tomatoes
Basil leaves
Garlic Mayo
4 Tbsp. of mayonnaise
1 Tbsp. of lemon juice
1/2 tsp. of garlic powder
Several grinds of freshly ground black pepper
A pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)

Place the ground turkey, sun dried tomatoes, sun dried tomato oil, basil leaves, parsley leaves, pressed garlic, breadcrumbs, salt, and pepper into a large bowl. Use a spoon or fork to gently incorporate the ingredients together. Form into 4 even-sized patties. Place patties on a plate, make a small indent in the middle of each patty, cover and put in the fridge for 1 hour.
Before starting the grill, make the garlic mayo. Combine the ingredients in a small bowl and mix together well. Cover and set aside or put in fridge until ready for use.
Preheat a grill to 500 degrees. Place the patties on the grill and cook for about 5 - 7 minutes on each side. They should be firm and browned when they are ready to take off the grill.  Remove from grill, check center of thickest patty to make sure they are done (if not, put back on grill for a few minutes), and assemble burgers.
Spread the garlic mayo on each side of the bun. Place a turkey burger on the bottom half of the bun and top with a piece of mozzarella cheese. Top the cheese with a few baby spinach leaves, a piece of basil, and a few slices of cherry tomato.
Recipe makes 4 turkey burgers

Recipe Adapted from Whole Foods Market