Turkey Burgers

These are not your ordinary turkey burgers. Sure you could take come ground meat, shape it into patties and call it a day. But with a few extra steps, you could turn simple turkey burgers into something amazing. This recipe makes enough for many meals for 2 or to feed a whole crowd. They are just as great made on the grill as they are in the pan.

Most ground turkey you buy in the store comes packaged in 1 1/3 lb containers. Why? No idea.  Buy 2 of them because if you’re going to bother to cook, make it worth your while by making enough to keep in your freezer.

Gluten-free tip:  Put some GF pretzels in a food processor or blender and use those crumbs instead of regular breadcrumbs.

Make ahead parts: you can cook the onion/garlic combo ahead of time and let it cool on the counter, loosely covered.

  • 2 2/3 lbs lean ground turkey meat
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup dried breadcrumbs
  • 4 tablespoons BBQ sauce
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • ground black pepper

Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté for 1 minute. Add the garlic, reduce heat to low and sauté for 9 minutes stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, transfer to a large bowl and let cool.

When the onion mix has cooled, add all the other ingredients. Mix well with your lean hands and shape into burgers. Depending on the size you should get between 8-10 burgers. Cook for about 5 minutes in each side over medium heat.

OR

If you are freezing them, lay a square of plastic wrap on the counter. Spoon the meat onto the wrap, fold up the plastic and shape it into the desired size. Put into a Ziplock freezer bag and freeze.

Mother’s Helper sez: don’t forget to label the freezer bag! Once I took burgers out of the freezer to grill and thinking they were turkey burgers. It wasn’t until they were almost done I realized they were veggie burgers!

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