Shortly after moving to the area about ten years ago, I discovered this amazing burger restaurant, The Counter, in Roswell, Georgia. Basically, you design your own burger, from the type of meat to the toppings, spreads and bun. This is where I first fell in love with turkey burgers. I’ve always enjoyed turkey in its non burger forms, but it wasn’t until I could pimp out my own burger that I really fell in love with the turkey burger. In addition to being delicious, turkey burgers are also a healthier option than beef though this in no way detracts from their deliciousness.
Soon afterwards, I started creating my own turkey burgers at home and experimented with several different ingredients until I found the perfect combination. By mixing green onions, parmesan cheese and Worcestershire sauce (among other things) into the ground turkey and topping with Swiss cheese and carrot strings, I now have my very own special recipe. I present to you my favorite Garden Turkey Burger.
- 1 lb Ground Turkey Breast
- 1 Egg
- 2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 Cup Chopped Green Onions
- ⅓ Cup Bread Crumbs
- ⅓ Cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
- ½ tsp Kosher Salt
- ½ tsp Black Pepper
- 4 Slices of Swiss Cheese
- 1 Cup Carrot Strings
- 4 Buns
- 1 Tbsp butter
- Preferred Burger Condiments (eg mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard)
- Preheat the grill to high heat.
- In a large bowl, mix the ground turkey, egg, green onions, Worcestershire sauce, Parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs and seasoning until well blended.
- Create four equal size patties.
- Cut buns in half and spread butter on each halve.
- Place each patty on the grill and cook for 4 - 5 minutes. Flip each patty and cook for another 4 - 5 minutes. The burgers are done when they reach an internal temperature of 160°.
- Before removing burgers from grill, place a slice of cheese on each patty.
- Place buns on grill or in oven at 350° for 1 minute until lightly toasted.
- Place burgers on buns and top with carrot strings.
- If desired, add mayo, ketchup and mustard.
- You can also add diced bell peppers, garlic or grill seasoning for extra flavor.
- This turkey burger recipe can also be used for meatballs and meat loafs.
- If you are worried that the turkey burger isn’t cooked all the way through, use a meat thermometer. Ground turkey should be cooked to 160°.
You can easily freeze the turkey burgers patties and have them ready to thaw and grill at a later date. You can also freeze the cooked burgers for later to be eaten as burgers or used as ingredients for other dishes, like tacos.
Turkey burgers will typically have less calories, fat, sodium and protein than an equal sized beef burger. However, turkey burgers will have more cholesterol and calcium.