Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Crazy About Turkey Burgers
A couple weekends ago, I decided that nothing in the standby recipe box was what I was in the mood for so I dug out one of my wife's favorite cookbooks with the intention of flipping through it to find something to make. Although I did find something to make, I didn't do any flipping because the very page that I opened the book at somewhere in the middle had a recipe for something that I had never tried before but sounded good. The recipe was turkey burgers.
I made the recipe, more or less, and was blown away by the very moist and flavorful burgers, so much so, that I would rather eat a turkey burger any day over the best beef burger that I have had in my entire lifetime. My wife got home in time to enjoy one hot out of the pan and really raved about them too. This will be a staple in our family from now on, especially when grilling season starts again though the ones done inside in the fry pan were outstanding anyway. I'm anxious to take this one down to the farm the next time I go down and blow away the parents whom I like to impress now and then with my cooking when I find something unique like my famous homemade chicken teriyaki or stone baked pizzas. So without further ado, I have decided to post the recipe for the turkey burgers on my blog. Try them out and be prepared to be blown away.
2 or 3 pounds of turkey thighs, deboned and ground up in food processor
1-cup ricotta cheese
4 tsp of Worcestershire sauce
4 tsp of Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper to taste
Mix together and form into 1" thick burgers. Cook on one side until a dark crust has formed and then flip cooking until internal temp is 160 degrees. Definitely go for the turkey thighs because the thigh meat is hard to over cook, which is why they were so moist. Our store doesn't sell boneless thighs but since there is only one bone and I'm grinding it up later anyway, it is easy to debone. Having never cooked turkey burgers before and especially since they are on the thick side, I used a quick read thermometer to verify that the temp was 160 degrees. I ate mine between a toasted bun with some yellow mustard. I would have liked to have a slice of red onion on top had I any. Next time.