Since red meat is not a staple in our house the turkey burger is a mealtime inspiration. When someone asks “where’s the beef” we just fire up the stove and throw on these delicious, mouthwatering turkey patties. These turkey burgers are not dry or bland but, juicy and ever so satisfying. Guests are hooked every time.
Compared to beef, ground turkey breast has the same amount of protein but half the saturated fat. Mix the ground turkey breast with ground turkey thigh meat, add some of your favorite seasonings and you have a moist and tasty, healthy alternative to the all time American classic burger.
- 1/3 pound ground dark meat turkey
- 1/3 pound ground turkey breast
- 1 egg
- 1 to 2 tablespoons chopped onion
- 1/2 cup shredded zucchini
- 2 tablespoons Chef Shake seasoning (The Spice Hunter)
- 2 tablespoons ground, gluten free, Mesa Sunrise Cereal – Natures’s Path (I use this in place of bread crumbs)
- 2 tablespoons MFT gourmet spicy ketchup (Whole Foods carries this brand)
- 2 tablespoons honey barbecue sauce
Whisk egg until frothy. Add turkey meat and all of the above ingredients. Stir together until well combined.
Lightly oil electric skillet or large frying pan. Place large spoonfuls of turkey mixture onto skillet or frying pan. Shape into patties. Cook at 325° to 350° on skillet and medium high on stove. Turn down heat if patties start to burn. Cook patties on each side for about 3 to 4 minutes. Just before patties are done I like to add just a little water to the skillet. This will make the patties nice and brown and add flavoring to the patties from the drippings in the skillet or pan.
Note: This recipe can also be used for meatballs or meat loaves. I like to use Stonewall Kitchen Honey Barbecue Sauce or their Roasted Apple Glaze for meat loaf or turkey burgers. This recipe can also be used for Asian meatballs. Just add your favorite GF Asian Sauce.
Oh, and my husband likes to barbecue them in the summer.