4 Tips for the Tastiest Turkey Burgers
Utter the phrase “juicy turkey burgers” to a crowd of hungry meat-eaters and you’ll likely be met with sneers and exaggerated eye-rolling. Turkey burgers get a bad rap in comparison to their hearty beef brethren, but why? With the right preparation, turkey burgers embody steamy patties of drool-worthy deliciousness; enough to convert any beef devotee into a turkey burger fan. Follow these 4 handy tips to turn your plain ground turkey into mouth-watering poultry perfection!
1) Don’t Lean Towards Too Lean
You wouldn’t go for a 99% lean ground beef, right? So why go for 99% lean ground turkey? A decent percentage of fat in the meat saves you from stuffing a dry hockey puck between two buns after drowning it in ketchup (and defeated tears). Opt for no more than 90% lean meat, and turkey ground with its dark meat will provide the ideal taste and texture for an unforgettable burger- no ketchup bath needed.
2) Get Saucy
Now that you have the appropriate ground turkey meat, it’s time to get saucy! Ground poultry needs a creamy sidekick to up its moisture and flavor, no matter what percentage of fat it is. Mayonnaise and plain yogurt are classics, and soft spreadable cheeses like chevre or cottage cheese elevate your burger to succulent meaty bliss (go ahead and top ‘em off with more cheese, we won’t tell)!
3) Spice It Up
You shouldn't ever settle for a basic burger! The flavor possibilities are limited only by your imagination and the herbs, spices, and sauces within your reach… but a good place to start is minced garlic or onion, a tangy Worcestershire or barbecue sauce, and some fresh herbs, like parsley or oregano. Give your burger an Asian spin by adding minced ginger and soy sauce to the mix, or take the Mediterranean exit with chopped sun-dried tomato and dried basil. Chopped onion, cumin, and smoked paprika add Mexican-inspired flare to your burger - throw in chopped jalapeño if you're up for a walk on the spicy side.
Our online Market has lots of artisan-made seasonings and hand-mixed salt blends to choose from; between Southern Links BBQ and Beautiful Briny Sea (both based in Atlanta!) you're bound to find your next favorite seasoning!