Tastiest Juiciest Turkey Burgers, Sliders…Ever
Martha would never lie to me…would she?
I can’t say that I’ve always been a fan of turkey burgers. Ever time that I have tried them they have come out dry and as tasteful as cardboard.
So, years ago when I was watching an episode of the Martha Stewart Show and Martha was claiming that her turkey burger recipe was like no other turkey burger, I knew I had to give them a try. I mean, Martha would never lie to us, right (I can already hear you snickering – and no, I don’t include federal prosecutors and grand juries in the ‘never lie to us’ category. That was all a big misunderstanding.).
After watching the show, I downloaded the recipe from the website and filed it away in my “Recipes to Try” folder.
At some point I did give them a try. And I am so glad that I did. I have made a few tweaks to the original recipe over the years and it has become a staple in my cooking repertoire (what a fancy word, right?).
They’re fast and easy to make (perfect weekday meal) and more importantly they are full of flavor and juicy – no cardboard patties here.
The trick to these burgers is simple…do not overcook them. I use an indoor grill and I cook the full-sized burgers (as opposed to the slider sized patties pictured in this post.) for 3 minutes on each side (covered).
Often when I make these burgers I pair them with a side of caramelized onions. It’s a perfect match. The spicy burgers serve as a nice counter to the sweetness of the onions.
TURKEY BURGER/SLIDERS WITH CARAMELIZED ONIONS
Caramelized Sweet Onions:
2 TBL unsalted butter
1 large Vidalia onion
1/3 TSP dried thyme
dash red pepper flakes
1 TBL granulated sugar
1 1/3 lb ground turkey meat
½ cup minced scallion, including green parts (about 6 scallions)
1 medium shallot, peeled and finely minced
1 ¼ TSP Tabasco Sauce
½ TSP freshly ground black pepper
1 TSP Worcestershire
1 ½ TSP salt
1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Hamburger Buns (4 regular sized or 5-6 slider sized buns)
Toppings of you choice: ketchup, mustard, tomatoes,
To make the caramelized onions, melt butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add onions, thyme, pepper flakes and sugar and stir until mixed. Cover and cook until onions are soften and browned – making sure to stir occasionally to prevent onions from burning. About 25 minutes. Set aside.
Meanwhile, combine turkey, shallot, scallions, Tabasco, Worcestershire, the 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper and the Parmesan cheese in a large bowl; mix very lightly to combine.
Heat a grill or grill pan to medium high. Form equal patties (4 full sized patties or 5-6 sliders), and cook them through, about 3 minutes per side on the grill, or 8 minutes on the grill pan.
Top burgers with the caramelized onions, and garnish with toppings of your choice (tomato, lettuce, condiments). Serve.