Turkey Burgers

Labor savor

Originally appeared in the September 2, 2010 edition of the Southside Times.

“Anyone can do any amount of work,” said writer Robert Benchley, “provided it isn’t the work he’s supposed to be doing at that moment.”

Ideally, this holiday weekend will be composed of anything but regular work (the work we’re supposed to be doing), if any work at all.  As many will be flocking to the grill, I’m sharing a recipe that’s a refreshing deviation from the norm, yet reasonably easy to prepare.  Read more after the jump: Turkey burgers are just as labor-intensive as a traditional burger, but that’s where most of the similarities end.  The meat is distinctly savory and has a low fat content.  But because the meat is so lean, turkey is often in danger of drying-out.  So when it comes to grilling, it’s a good idea not to overdo it.  Don’t smash the patties with a spatula for sizzle- and flare-up-effects; pressing the precious juices from meats during the cooking process is a mistake, as it deprives products of essential moisture and characteristic flavors, all at the expense of what a “grillmaster” might believe sounds and looks cool.  Someone should indeed kiss that cook…kiss them goodbye.

If you’re celebrating your day off by cooking, your friends are sure to benefit from your culinary labor.

Turkey Burgers

Serves 4

  • 2-4 cloves, chopped fine
  • 6 ounces white mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 green onion, finely chopped
  • 32 ounces ground turkey
  • ½ t. kosher salt
  • Hearty pinch cracked black pepper
  • (Optional) pinch crushed red pepper

1.  Sauté garlic on medium heat for less than a minute.  Add mushrooms and green onion and sauté for and additional minute.  Don’t overcook mushrooms—allow them to remain moist to add extra moisture to the burgers.  Remove mushroom mixture from pan, spread on a plate, and reserve in the refrigerator.

2.  Later, combine cold mushroom mixture to ground turkey; add in salt, black pepper, and crushed red pepper.  Mix together thoroughly.  Form mixture into four patties.

3.  Oil the grate of a hot grill.  Cook turkey burgers to desired doneness.  Serve on toasted buns with lettuce, tomato, and your favorite condiments.

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