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Grilled turkey burgers are a big part of summer grilling for many, and for good reason. They are delicious!
Few things say “summer” the way grilled food does. Those sear marks and smokey flavors are a quintessential part of the hotter months in this country. Americans love their barbecues, and the food that comes from them.
HOW TO MAKE GRILLED TURKEY BURGERS
The process is a simple one. Season your meat, mix it in, form your patties and put them on a hot grill! But there are some tips I can share with you for grilling better turkey burgers.
- Oil your barbecue grates before you put the food on them. Do this while they are still cold so you don’t start any fires.
- Form your patties just slightly larger than your burger buns to allow for some shrinkage during cooking.
- Press your thumb down in the center of the raw patty. Don’t push all the way through. Think “thumb print cookies”, not “donuts”. This will allow for the rise in the center of your patty that always happens with turkey burgers. It will come back up during cooking, giving you a more even patty.
- Don’t get your heat too high. Turkey burger do better with moderate heat around 350 F.
- If you are using ground turkey breast, add an egg when you mix in your spices and spritz the patties with an oil sprayer to help keep them from drying out. If you are using the darker ground turkey, you don’t have to worry about this as much. But it’s still good practice with most burgers. Optional, but good.
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GRILLED TURKEY BURGERS:
Grilled Turkey Burgers
- 2 lb. ground turkey
- ¼ cup teriyaki sauce (see link to recipe above)
- 1 tsp. ground mustard
- 1 tbsp. garlic powder
- 1 tbsp. onion powder
- In a large mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients, kneading until they are all well combined.
- If you are using ground turkey breast, you'll want to add an egg here as well for moisture in the meat.
- Form your patties in equal portions and flatten them out to slightly larger than your burger buns.
- Make an indentation in the middle, but don't poke all the way through.
- Transfer your patties to a hot grill and cook until they reach an internal temperature of 165 F.
- Remove them from the grill and allow them to sit for about 10 minutes.
- Build your burger with your favorite toppings and enjoy.