I’ll be the first to admit that turkey burgers didn’t used to be my favorite meal. I’d had one too many overcooked, underwhelming turkey burgers, and had nearly given up hope of finding a delicious version. But, a couple months ago, I decided to go on a search for the perfect turkey burger, as I sometimes want something lighter and leaner than a traditional beef burger. And after trying many different recipes, I’m happy to report that this one is truly amazing!
The combination of the cheese, mustard, scallions and garlic worked into the burger is wonderful, making for a moist, tender, cheesy, and slightly tangy patty. I make these burgers year ’round, cooking them indoors in a skillet during the colder months, and outside on the grill in the warmer weather. (I’ve included instructions for both cooking methods below). While these are flavorful enough to entice an adult palate, they’re mild enough to appeal to kiddos, too. My 1-year-old daughter adores this meal – I crumble her burger into toddler-sized, easy-to-grab pieces, and she gobbles ‘em down. One meal that the whole family can enjoy? Always a win!
My Favorite Turkey Burgers
makes 4 burgers, adapted from Martha Stewart
1 1/2 pounds ground turkey (93% lean)
1/2 cup finely grated cheddar cheese (gruyere would also be fantastic!)
4 scallions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup dried Italian breadcrumbs
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
1 garlic clove, minced
coarse salt and ground pepper
Heat grill to high. In a medium bowl, use a fork to gently combine ground turkey with cheese, scallions, breadcrumbs, mustard, and garlic; season generously with salt and pepper. Gently form mixture into four 1-inch-thick patties.
If cooking on the grill: Lightly oil grill. Place patties on hottest part of grill; sear until browned, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Move patties to cooler part of grill; continue grilling until cooked through, 5 to 10 minutes per side.
If cooking in a pan/skillet: Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan/skillet over medium-high heat until the oil begins to shimmer. Cook the burgers until golden brown on the first side, about 7 minutes. Flip over the burgers. Cook until golden brown and slightly charred on the second side, and cooked throughout, about 5-7 minutes more.print this recipe