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Perfect Turkey Burgers

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Prepare the burgers: Place all of the ingredients for the burgers into a large bowl and mix together by hand. Shape into four, equal sized patties. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  2. Prepare the grill: Turn the burners on the left and middle areas of the grill to high. Turn the burner on the far right to a low-moderate setting. Preheat the barbecue to 500°F.
  3. Prepare the burgers: When the barbecue comes to temperature, place the burgers down on the right side of the grill, close the lid and cook for 5 minutes. Stay close to the grill watching for flare ups. After 5 minutes, flip the burgers and cook for an additional 5 minutes. If using cheese, add it 2 minutes before the burgers are done.
  4. Toast the buns: Place the buns down on the right side of the grill and toast. Watch closely, they’ll toast up quickly. Remove from grill, brush with butter and place on the upper grill to keep warm.
  5. Cook patties until golden and cooked through, 10 minutes total. Serve on a bun with desired toppings.
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Tender, moist and juicy handmade turkey burgers, seasoned and blended with a few colourful veggies…

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    25 MIN
  • 4 SERVINGS
Peerfect Turkey Burgers

Best to know before you begin, these really are PERFECT TURKEY BURGERS!

We know that when it comes to burgers, the recipe has to be superb, and these PERFECT TURKEY BURGERS are just that. They get top marks for ease of preparation, but really knock it out of the park because they’re tender, juicy and so incredibly delicious. Oh, and I almost forgot, the finished burgers look extremely appetizing all dressed up too. Everyone rushes in to grab one because that first bite is totally swoon-worthy!

Now, if you’re here because the word “burgers” grabbed your attention, let me just say these PERFECT TURKEY BURGERS are in good company. If a well-made homemade meat burger is to your liking, try our JUICY HAMBURGERS. If you like a good fish burger, our SALMON BURGERS with wasabi mayo (what? No, we’re not joking!) always get rave reviews. Then, if the concept of making a burger is too much but you want a good sandwich for a crowd, embrace the sloppy – these OLD-SCHOOL SLOPPY JOES have your name on ‘em!

That covers the intro, let us show you why these PERFECT TURKEY BURGERS are just that:

Ingredients for Perfect Turkey Burgers

HAMBURGER LOVE

How can you not love the simplicity of the ingredients needed to make these homemade burgers? The ground turkey is now thankfully a standard offering in most grocery stores, so finding it should be no problem. Regarding the fresh vegetables, don’t worry about the “half of” this and “quarter of” that quantity request – you can use the leftover bits for a fresh tossed salad. Need suggestions for fresh salads? Go HERE!

VEGGIE LOVE

Anything we add to a recipe is always for good reason. In the case of the vegetables in this recipe, the zucchini keeps the burgers moist. We learned this trick when we crafted our JUICY MEAT BURGERS and it really does work. The finely diced onion is added solely to flavour the turkey, and the red pepper adds both flavour and colour. These burgers aren’t just tasty, they’re juicy and look good too. Much of that is thanks to the veggies!

Turkey burgers formed into patties

CHILL OUT

Plan accordingly; these no-fail turkey burgers have got to go into the fridge after you make and shape them to chill. This is really important to ensure they keep it together when you grill them. Sorry, what was that, Nik? Mix up the meat, seasoning and veggies, shape them into patties, then place them in the fridge to chill for at least an hour. Whew! Fall-apart-burger-crisis-moment averted!

The Emmental cheese melting on the burgers

INDIRECTLY

Another key moment in making PERFECT TURKEY BURGERS is the way we cook them. We specifically want them grilled on either a gas or charcoal barbecue. With our hugely popular (and also perfect) EASY GRILLED PORK CHOPS, we seared the meat over direct heat before finishing on indirect heat, but these burgers are cooked over indirect heat only. Make sure to watch the VIDEO attached to this story to better understand this proven technique. The process could not be any easier, and best of all, it’s a one-flip wonder with ten minutes of grill time for perfect burgers.

Hamburger buns, tomato, curly lettuce and butter

NICE BUNS

We’re going to let you decide what type of buns to use, whether classic hamburger, kaiser rolls, brioche buns or even just slices of bread. The one thing we would like you to do is place your buns on the grill to toast up a little. Oh, almost forgot, brush the toasted buns with a swipe of butter. It’s a flavour thing, trust me!

Emmental cheese

IT GETS CHEESY

If you’re so inclined, add a few slices of cheese to each burger during the final two minutes of grill time. We tried a whole bunch of different types during the testing of this recipe and although cheddar and mozzarella both worked, we ended up being blown away by the rich, nuttiness of Emmental. It is exceptionally wonderful with the turkey flavouring. Who knew?

The turkey burgers topped with creamy coleslaw

TOPPINGS

Again, watch the video to see all the different ways you can dress up and enjoy your homemade turkey burgers. Whether you add our TANGY MANGO SALSA, or a scoop of our picnic-worthy CREAMY COLESLAW, these fabulous sandwiches love it all. Of course we always place out ketchup, mustard, relish and mayo whenever we serve them – no need to mess with a good thing.

The turkey burgers topped with tangy salsa

Finally, it’s the PERFECT TURKEY BURGERS everyone’s been asking for. So perfect!

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Perfect Turkey Burgers

Ingredients

  • For the turkey burgers:
  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • ½ green zucchini, grated
  • ¼ white onion, finely diced
  • ¼ red pepper, finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • few drops of hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • To serve:
  • 4 burger or sandwich buns
  • 1 tablespoon butter, room temperature
  • sliced Emmental cheese
  • curly lettuce
  • sliced tomatoes
  • Condiments:
  • ketchup, mustard, relish
  • TANGY MANGO SALSA (for recipe, see above)
  • CREAMY COLESLAW (for recipe, see above)

Directions

  1. Prepare the burgers: Place all of the ingredients for the burgers into a large bowl and mix together by hand. Shape into four, equal sized patties. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  2. Prepare the grill: Turn the burners on the left and middle areas of the grill to high. Turn the burner on the far right to a low-moderate setting. Preheat the barbecue to 500°F.
  3. Prepare the burgers: When the barbecue comes to temperature, place the burgers down on the right side of the grill, close the lid and cook for 5 minutes. Stay close to the grill watching for flare ups. After 5 minutes, flip the burgers and cook for an additional 5 minutes. If using cheese, add it 2 minutes before the burgers are done.
  4. Toast the buns: Place the buns down on the right side of the grill and toast. Watch closely, they’ll toast up quickly. Remove from grill, brush with butter and place on the upper grill to keep warm.
  5. Cook patties until golden and cooked through, 10 minutes total. Serve on a bun with desired toppings.

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