Today, let’s talk turkey!
Turkey burgers have come a long way right? They used to be this dried out “healthy alternative” to a REAL burger but now I find it’s just another iteration of poultry that I really enjoy. The only problem? If you have a red-meat-loving spouse at home it can be challenging to talk them out of the Turkey Burger = Fake Burger headspace.
For years when I’d suggest making turkey burgers Garrett would kind of groan and suggest that we eat something different. That is until I made these burgers one night. It’s a play on an old Rachael Ray recipe that I adapted when we went Paleo because it was that tasty! It’s been making appearances on my meal plans forever but I have never blogged it, which is silly because it is absolutely a staple in our house. The key to making it not taste like a “fake” burger? Tons of different flavors.
Turkey is a blank canvas and alone it can be a little bit bland. But that makes it the perfect type of meat to mix with smoky, spicy Southwestern flavors and crispy sweet peppers. Add a little touch of your favorite hot sauce and some jalapenos dialed up to your desired heat level and your turkey is all of a sudden a flavor force to be reckoned with.
The nice thing about this recipe is you just dump everything in a bowl and mix. I say just get your hands dirty, but you can also mix it up with a fork. Turkey is pretty forgiving and doesn’t get too tough like ground beef does if you overmix it. Grill or fry up in a pan and serve over a giant bed of greens. Your dinner will be done in less than a half hour and you won’t feel at all like you are eating a healthified version of something. If you want to get really spicy top it off with some smoked jalapeno kraut. That stuff is the real deal and so is this burger!
- 1.25 lbs of ground turkey, preferably dark meat
- 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
- 1 large shallot or 1/4 red onion, finely diced
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1 small bell pepper, finely diced
- 1 jalapeno pepper, finely diced
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons hot sauce
- 2 teaspoons grill seasoning
- 1 Tablespoon Coconut oil
- Combine turkey, garlic, shallot, thyme, parsley, bell pepper, jalapeno, cumin, hot sauce and grill seasoning in a medium bowl and mix until combined
- Dived mixture into 6 equal mounds and then form into patties.
- Heat coconut oil in skilled over medium high heat
- Add patties and cook 5 to 6 minutes per side
- Serve on a giant bed of lightly dressed greens