We’ve had a couple of days with temperatures in the 70’s….nice warm spring days. From my kitchen window I can see our gas grille, with its cover still over it, on the back deck, just waiting to be fired up. My mouth was watering for a juicy burger, so I decided today was the day for our first cookout of the season.
I frequently use ground turkey to make burgers and I had some on hand so that was I used to make the recipe that follows. In fact the recipe suggests adding creamy coleslaw and pickles to really dress up the burgers. I set to work shredding the cabbage for my Creamy Garlic Coleslaw which you can find the recipe for here, then I mixed up the burger mixture. Instead of a bulky hamburg bun I planned to use Multi-Grain Sandwich Thins, since we are cutting back on carbohydrates (again, sigh), and I added some chopped apple to my burger mixture to help keep them juicy.
As I finished forming the burgers, I looked out the window and noticed that the sun had disappeared, and in its place we now had black clouds rolling in. You have probably guessed what happened next: a thunderstorm with pouring down rain. So much for my cookout!
But you know what I say? “When the skies turn gray, grill anyway”. So out came my grill pan and I was still able to make burgers that were grilled, juicy and yummy. My husband said “you should write about these they are really good. And so I am. We topped ours with sliced tomato, pickle slices, and coleslaw with a thin spread of mayonnaise on the roll. Perfect in spite of the rain.
GRILLED TURKEY BURGERS
- 1 1/2 pounds lean ground turkey
- 1/2 cup fresh soft breadcrumbs
- 1/2 small onion minced, or chopped green onion
- 1 Tablespoon dried parsley, or 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
- 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 Tablespoon hot sauce
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
- 1/2 cup finely diced apple, optional
- 4 whole wheat hamburger buns, toasted
Assorted toppings: mustard or mayonnaise, tomato slices, sliced sandwich pickles, creamy coleslaw, thinly sliced apple.
1. Combine all the above ingredients, except buns, and form into 4 (1-inch-thick) patties. Do not over mix, and handle lightly or burgers will be mushy. With your finger make a depression in the center of each one.
This keeps them from puffing up, so they retain their shape better. Sprinkle with additional salt and pepper, and grill on a lightly oiled rack over medium-high heat 6 – 7 minutes on each side or until done. Remove from grill, cover loosely and let rest about 5 minutes.
2. Spread toasted buns with mustard or mayonnaise. Top with tomato slices, burger, pickle slices and a spoonful of creamy coleslaw.
SOURCE: Country Living Magazine