Ultimate Turkey Burgers

Jun 1, 2013 by


It’s prime grilling time.  This week we were eating these Ultimate Turkey Burgers.

Lower in fat than your traditional beef burger and power packed with herbilicious goodness, these are good even without cheese or a bun.

The idea here is that you take the extra herbs hanging around your refrigerator or overflowing in your garden, and you throw them into the mix.  I had basil, cilantro, parsley and chives, and so I added that to the ground turkey along with some garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, some soy sauce, an egg and salt and pepper.

This was the third time I made these burgers, each time tweaking it a bit in an attempt to make sure they didn’t dry out on the grill.  Round one just had the herbs, garlic, salt and pepper.  Round 2 added in lemon zest, soy sauce and lemon juice.  Round three added an egg and shredded carrots and that ultimately did the trick.

I also recommend that you let these babies sit and marinate in the refrigerator for a good hour or two.  Cook them on a grill on medium — not high — heat so they don’t dry out.  Cook them about 10-12 minutes or until an instant read thermometer reads 160 degrees.

Serve these burgers alongside a lovely salad and some grilled veggies.  This is guilt-free grilling at its best.

Ultimate Turkey Burgers
Recipe type: Main
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Serves: 6
  • 1½ lbs ground turkey
  • 1 tbsp chopped basil
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 tbsp chopped chives
  • 1 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • ½ cup shredded carrots
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Combine the ingredients in a large bowl. Use your hands to mix together well. Form into 6 patties.
  2. Grill on medium heat for 10-12 minutes or until an instant read thermometer reads 160 degrees.



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