If you’re anything like me, you were raised on good old-fashioned beef patties. There is something magical about the texture and rich flavor in a good beef burger. I am right there with you 100%.
Then there are those moments where I flounder. I find myself realizing that I need something other than red meat in my diet. So I satisfy that finger and mouth feel by making a turkey burger instead. Don’t expect to bite into turkey steak or anything here folks. This is a totally different animal (literally).
This recipe has made my Top 5 recipes of the summer. The fresh zucchini and carrot make this burger incredibly light and fresh. And the flavors are hardly lacking. Mister and I were licking our fingers dry after devouring these guys. And yes… that isn’t beef you’re seeing there.
A few things to keep in mind when you cook with ground turkey:
1. Use ground turkey that is a combination of dark and white meat if possible. White meat dries out a lot easier.
2. Do not overcook the turkey! Whether it’s ground turkey or a whole roasted turkey for Thanksgiving, there is a very fine line between cooked turkey and dry turkey. I steam my burgers as they finish cooking to help seal in moisture.
If you’re not convinced to try this fresh summer turkey burger, then at least convince your friend to make them and invite you over. Then all you have to do is bring the beer, watch and enjoy.
This recipe was adapted from Real Simple Recipes.