Traditional American Recipies

Turkey Burger Recipe

A Great Turkey Burger Recipe From Kent “The Deck Chef” Whitaker.

Are you ready for a turkey burger that’s reflective of your Real Man grilling skills? So, you’ve been talked into making a batch of ground turkey burgers for a healthier lifestyle. Here’s the good news… ground turkey burgers don’t have to be the doormat of the burger grilling world!

The problem is that you’re worried that your beef burger tailgate friends will hassle you for tossing a bird burger onto the grill. Don’t worry – I’ve got you covered. Here’s how you can bring some serious burger goodness to the table… with ground turkey!

turkey burger recipe from Kent The Deck Chef Whitaker

Pick the Right Ground Turkey!

Yep – there are different kinds of ground turkey. Here’s all you need to know. Avoid the stuff I the tube that looks like a pack of ground sausage and move on over to the packs that you can see through. Chances are your store has a couple of brands of ground turkey. Grab a pack that looks like it’s ground and not squeezed from a tube.

Choose the right Add In’s!

A ground turkey burger is the perfect burger for adding extra flavor boosters such as low fat cheese, minced onion, green pepper, jalapenos, black beans and more. For this dish – we’re going with ALL THE ABOVE! But you can fly by your own grilling rules – go with what your taste buds enjoy. But – be aware about colors in items such as black beans – more on that in a minute.

Prep your Burgers!

If you’re adding things in for texture and flavor, then go ahead and mince the items up. I’m talking about onions, peppers, and such. The smaller the better. HOWEVER -If you choose things like black beans then you should only lightly break those items up. The more you mash black beans up the more of a weird purple color your burgers will have.

When everything is ready, combine the ground turkey with the other ingredients and your chosen spices. Mix everything up and start making your burgers! I suggest using squares of foil with non-stick spray. You’ll notice that ground turkey sticks like crazy – don’t stress out! Here’s what you do. Make the burger, place the ugly patty on the prepped foil, and then shape it a bit using a wet spoon. Boom, done! Leave the burger on the foil and move on to the next patty.

Grilling Your Man Style Turkey Burger!

Here’s the great thing about the foil. You can use that foil as a grilling tray! Place the foil squares topped with turkey burgers directly on your pre-heated grill and start making burger magic! You can easily move the burgers around to ensure even cooking by grabbing a corner of the foil with some tongs.

When the patties are firmed up simply flip them and gently peel the foil away. You may need the edge of the tongs to help separate. Be careful – there will be some hot grease dripping so watch for flare ups.

Top Them and Eat Them!

Now is not the time to let things go downhill. Regular toppings and condiments are fine but you can also go with jalapeno infused ketchup, homemade dark beer mustard, heirloom tomatoes, and more. Now, just in case you missed something or need some extra detail, here’s my recipe straight from my Great American Grilling Cookbook.

Kent’s Ground Turkey and Black Bean Burgers

Ingredients:

  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon steak sauce
  • 2 tablespoons dried bread crumbs
  • 1-2 tablespoons chopped jalapeno peppers
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic, or garlic powder
  • Dashes of pepper
  • Dashes of chili powder
  • Dashes of onion powder

Directions:

  • Mix evenly in a bowl
  • Chill for a few minutes
  • Spray squares of foil with non-stick spray
  • Spoon equal portions onto the foil squares
  • Smooth and form using a wet spoon
  • Grill on an upper rack with the lid closed
  • Turn when bottom edges brown and gently peel away the foil. Watch for flare ups.

 

Turkey Burger Recipe

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Serves: 5 Cooking Time: Aprox 30 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon steak sauce
  • 2 tablespoons dried bread crumbs
  • 1-2 tablespoons chopped jalapeno peppers
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic, or garlic powder
  • Dashes of pepper
  • Dashes of chili powder
  • Dashes of onion powder

Instructions

1

Mix evenly in a bowl

2

Chill for a few minutes

3

Spray squares of foil with non-stick spray

4

Spoon equal portions onto the foil squares

5

Smooth and form using a wet spoon

6

Grill on an upper rack with the lid closed

7

Turn when bottom edges brown and gently peel away the foil. Watch for flare ups.

Notes

Now is not the time to let things go downhill. Regular toppings and condiments are fine but you can also go with jalapeno infused ketchup, homemade dark beer mustard, heirloom tomatoes, and more. Now, just in case you missed something or need some extra detail, here’s my recipe straight from my Great American Grilling Cookbook.

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