You Turkey, Burger

i'm very thankful for this turkey burger

It really felt like spring this weekend, even a little summer-like. So naturally that got me thinking of grilling … and my sad, neglected and propane-less grill, collecting dust and cobwebs in my backyard. Thankfully, I have a grill pan that’s just as good, if not better. And what’s one of the best things to grill on a warm day? Burgers! But didn’t want to do just any ordinary burger since this was my first official burger of the grilling season. So I switched it up and used ground turkey. Now, I know what you’re thinking: turkey burgers? Aren’t those usually dry and bland? Yes – unless you use the right ingredients to make them moist and flavorful. Topping the burgers with a spicy, lime cole slaw helped punch up the flavor a lot too. The slaw also makes a really great side dish. (Looking for another totally not-bland turkey burger? Head on over to Sweet Caroline’s Cooking for her goat cheese stuffed recipe.)

Savory Turkey Burgers with Spicy-Lime Slaw
For the burgers:
– 1.25 lb of extra lean ground turkey
– ½ of a red onion, diced
– ½ of a jalapeno, diced
– 1 teaspoon of minced garlic
– 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
– 2 teaspoons of Dijon mustard
– 1 ½ teaspoons Montreal Chicken seasoning
– Salt and pepper
– Olive oil
– 4 knotty rolls
– Herbed mayo (see note below)

For the slaw:
– 1 cup of shredded carrots
– 1 cup of shredded red cabbage
– 1 jalapeno, thinly sliced
– 1 red pepper, thinly sliced
– 1/3 cup of lime juice
– 1 heaping tablespoon of mayonnaise
– Jalapeno hot sauce
– Salt and pepper

In a large bowl, add the carrots, red cabbage, jalapeno and red pepper. Next add the lime juice and mayo, and jalapeno hot sauce, salt and pepper to taste. Toss to combine. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.

In a small skillet, heat a little bit of oil over medium heat. Add the red onions, jalapeno and garlic, and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. In a medium bowl, combine the ground turkey, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, Montreal Chicken seasoning and cooked veggies. Form mixture into 4 large meatballs, place on a plate and refrigerate for 15 minutes. When ready to cook, heat your grill or grill pan on medium-high heat and lightly oil. Remove the meatballs from the fridge, gently flatten and season both sides with salt and pepper. Grill the burgers about 6 minutes on each side, or until cooked through. Lightly toast the rolls and then spread herbed mayo on the bottom half. Add the burger, top with a mound of slaw and the other half of the roll. Then, eat.

you'll gobble, gobble it right up

To make an easy herbed mayo, mix together 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise, 1 teaspoon of Montreal Chicken seasoning and a splash of lime juice.

4 Comments on “You Turkey, Burger”

  1. billpeeler says:

    That looks awesome – turkey burgers are great and grilling makes them even better. Well done —

  2. Caroline says:

    Thanks for the shout out…and thanks for an amazing turkey burger recipe!! I’m always looking for new ones, so I’ll most definitely be trying this one out. Really loving the cole slaw!

  3. NerdyBaker says:

    I could totally go for this!

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