Turkey Burger – Fire Up That Grill

By Robyn Priebe
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burger on grillIt’s the time of year when out on a walk through the neighborhood, you begin to smell people cooking on a grill. The flavor and aroma of grilled foods is so appealing that you immediately want to run home and fire up your own. One easy and healthy option is a turkey burger. Many people choose ground turkey over ground beef as the fat content can often be lower, however it’s important to understand that the fat content of ground meats, both beef and turkey, can vary greatly.  Generally ground turkey breast would be close to 95% lean beef in fat content, both good choices.

One way to keep these leaner meats moist is to incorporate high-moisture ingredients like minced vegetables. We add a variety of vegetables to our Green Mountain Turkey Burger (Note: hidden veggies are a great way to increase your vegetable intake). Feel free to experiment with this recipe below by adding other vegetables such as sautéed mushrooms, grated zucchini, or any others you can think of.  Enjoy!

Green Mountain Turkey Burger

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup minced celery
  • 1/4 cup minced onions
  • 1/4 cup grated carrots
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon tabasco sauce, optional
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon  minced fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon  minced fresh oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried mustard
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 egg, whisked

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and portion into 4 equal patties.

On hot grill, cook  until internal temperature is 165 degrees and serve immediately.

I like burgers served open-faced topped with grilled vegetables. What is your favorite way to dress up a burger?

5 Responses (Add Yours)

  • Michelle says:

    I love cooking on a grill. My kids gave us a huge grill a couple of years ago for Christmas. I think the only reason why they did, was so that I would cook for them on the weekends while they are working! :) These Turkey burgers look excellent, we will have to give them a try this weekend.

  • Lynda Payseur says:

    Will this recipe work just as well with ground chicken which I prefer over turkey?

  • Robyn says:

    Michelle, I hope that you enjoy them and that the weather where you are is perfect for outdoor cooking! Lynda, if I do a comparison of ground turkey to ground chicken, assuming all different parts of the bird are included, it looks very similar nutrition-wise. I see no reason why it wouldn’t work to use chicken.

  • Rose Hoover says:

    They served Turkey Burgers at Green Mountain during my stay recently and they were one of the best burgers I have ever eaten. If this is the same recipe, I will never eat beef burgers again!

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