It’s still summer and we’re still grilling. I just can’t get enough! I use ground turkey quite frequently as a healthier substitute for ground beef, but I’ll admit that have always preferred a classic beef hamburger to any turkey burger I’ve tried. Finally a recipe for turkey burgers came along that actually tempted me enough to try them. I’ll be darned if these weren’t some of the best burgers we’ve ever made! In fact I enjoyed them so much they went right back onto the menu for the following week – always a sign of a winner. Most recently I prepared a full batch of patties (8 total), wrapped half of them in plastic wrap and stored in the freezer for a quick dinner at a later date. They came in handy this weekend when I needed a quick meal for my dad, who tends to think it isn’t food if it didn’t come off the grill. I’ll be sure to have these around as a freezer staple in the future. (And just so you know, these buns freeze amazingly well too. I always keep some in the freezer.)
My hope is to inspire you to be fearless in the kitchen, to try new things, to take the time to make things the homemade way and most importantly, to have fun doing it!
3 tbsp. olive oil, divided
1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 lbs. ground turkey
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. black pepper
¼ cup chopped parsley
1 tbsp. minced fresh rosemary
1 tbsp. minced fresh sage
2 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
Heat the coals of a grill to medium-high. Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook about 2 minutes longer, until the onion is tender. Remove from the heat and transfer to a large mixing bowl; let cool.
Once the onion mixture has cooled, add the ground turkey, salt, pepper and herbs to the bowl. Mix well so everything is evenly blended. Mix in the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil. Form the mixture into 8 equal sized patties. When you are ready to grill, oil the grates of the grill with additional olive oil or vegetable oil. Cook until evenly browned and cooked through, about 4-6 minutes per side. Serve with toasted buns, lettuce, tomatoes, and condiments as desired.