Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Turkey Burgers.

Sara Foster's Casual Cooking has some great easy recipes. This one is a good example of something relatively simple that yields fantastic results. The burgers are just a little bit spicy, and very flavorful considering the meat isn't fatty.

Grilled Turkey Burgers
adapted from Sara Foster's Casual Cooking

1.5 lbs ground turkey
1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs (I used panko.)
3 Tbsp mayonnaise
2 Tbsp chopped fresh chives
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp hot sauce, such as texas pete or tabasco
2 scallions, minced (white and green parts)
4 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
1 tsp sea salt, plus extra to taste
1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper, plus extra to taste

Prepare a hot fire in a charcoal or gas grill, or heat a grill pan over medium high heat until hot.

Combine the turkey, bread crumb, mayo, chives, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, scallions, basil, salt, and pepper in a large bowl and work the mixture with your hands just to mix. (Do not overmix or the burgers will be tough.) Form the meat mix into four 1-inch thick patties.

Season both sides with salt and pepper and grill them for 5-6 minutes per side, or until they're just done. Remove the patties to a platter, cover them loosely with foil to keep warm, ad set them aside to rest for about 5 minutes.

Serve on hamburger buns and top with tomato or pickle or whatever you fancy. I ate mine in a pita pocket with tomato, arugula, and avocado.

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