forget-the-beef spiced turkey burgers

I absolutely love a tasty turkey burger. When you hear “turkey burger” you probably immediately think of a dry, flavorless, bland dish compared to its juicy, beefy counterpart.  Aha, here lies the problem with this under appreciated patty. The trick to a tempting turkey burger (which also applies to turkey meatloaf) is keeping it moist. One of my all-time favorite go-to recipes for this is from my Fast Easy Fresh Bon Appetite Cookbook. With a bit of a kick and enough moisture to keep even the best beef burger shaking its buns off, here’s my version, with a few twists from the original, for Spiced Turkey Burgers.

Spiced turkey burger topped over simply dressed greens

Spiced turkey burger topped over simply dressed greens

Spiced Turkey Burgers

Ingredients:

1 pound ground turkey

1/2 cup mild salsa

1/2 cup minced shallots

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

3 TBS EVOO

1 TBS chipotle-flavored hot sauce (or whatever hot sauce you ave in the house! I’m anti-Tabasco so I usually opt for Sriracha!)

1 TBS cumin (one of my favorite spices to cook with!)

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Shape turkey burger mixture into four patties, pressing thinner in the center. (A Rachael Ray tip since burgers always plump in the middle!) Place on a parchment lined pan and freeze for about 30 minutes. (*Note: These burgers are a great make ahead meal and will stay in the freezer forever! Just take out a few hours before serving to thaw a bit in the fridge.)

A little freeze helps these tasty treats hold their shape!

A little freeze helps these tasty treats hold their shape!

Heat 1 TBS EVOO in large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add burgers; cook until browned, about 4 minutes each side. Reduce heat to medium low and sauté burgers until they are cooked through, about 4 minutes each side.

A little cheese is always approved in our house :)

A little cheese is always approved in our house 🙂

Serve on rolls with your favorite toppings or over salad.

My husband likes a roll, but all I need is some well-dressed greens to accompany this turkey burger perfection!

My husband likes a roll, but all I need is some well-dressed greens to accompany this turkey burger perfection!

This recipe has been a staple in my kitchen from the first time I made it. These burgers are so flavorful and moist that you’ll forget they’re made of turkey! The hot sauce gives just the right amount of spice to add zest without over powering. The salsa keeps them anything but dry (try adding BBQ and cheddar cheese to ground turkey for another twist on burgers or meatloaf!). Freezing them for a short time, I find, holds them together nicely so they don’t fall apart in the pan (my rookie mistake first attempt!). Try these out tonight and dream of grilling outdoors this summer. It’s right around the corner….isn’t it? 😉

Eat Well,

Stephanie a.k.a. The Foodetarian

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