Turkey Burgers

I made these amazing looking turkey burgers several weeks ago, but I have no idea what recipe I used!! /=/

Maybe I didn’t even use a recipe. Maybe I just threw them together, which is entirely possibly. In any case, I still wanted to document them, cuz they were delicious.

Grilling turkey burgers in the summer is an amazing and lightened up way of having burgers and quite honestly, the difference between beef and turkey, when prepared and cooked right, is very miniscule.

As you can see, we also love to grill asparagus. So, so delicious.

What are your favourite items to throw on the grill?

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Turkey Sloppy Joes

TGIF!!  Can I get an amen??  I feel like every post on a Friday has the same first two sentences.  I have a fun weekend planned, so I am particularly excited.  I am having a Girls Night with two of my closest friends tonight, visiting a bazaar tomorrow with my mom and mother-in-law, and either visiting with family or friends on Sunday.  Lots going on and lots to do!
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It also seems that every time I post a new sloppy joes recipe, I feel the need to reiterate that I NEVER HAD THEM as a kid.  I don’t know where, when, or why my love of them sparked, but it happened within the past couple of years and now I make them constantly (a different recipe each time, of course).  Today’s recipe is for turkey sloppy joes from Dixie Crystals.  Maybe I am just honing in on my kid-friendly dishes early on in life.  Like, pre-kid life. 😉
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In any case, none of my sloppy joe recipes have ever been duds, this one included!  This one includes carrots, also, therefore is a great way to sneak in vegetables (especially if you are making it for children).  The recipe also called for diced bell pepper, which I love, but my husband does not, so I decided not to sneak it in (and saved a couple of bucks too, since I didn’t buy a pepper). This dish is also great for one of those “quick weeknight suppers” – and it’s even quicker if you chop the vegetables ahead of time and refrigerate until it’s time to use!
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Turkey Sloppy Joes

serves 6-8

Ingredients:
-1cu ketchup
-8oz tomato sauce
-2tbsp worcestershire sauce
-1tbsp dijon mustard
-2tsp chili powder
-1tsp crushed red pepper flakes (if you can’t handle spice at all, even this teeny amount might make it too spicy)
-1tbsp brown sugar
-1tsp salt
-1tsp ground black pepper
-1tbsp olive oil
-2 garlic cloves, minced
-1 medium yellow onion, chopped
-1 small orange or yellow bell pepper, chopped
-1/2cu julienned carrots
-1lb lean ground turkey (usually turkey comes in 1.3lb packages, which I find actually works better)
-whole wheat buns

Directions:
-In a small bowl, whisk together ketchup, tomato sauce, sugar, worcestershire sauce, dijon mustard, chili powder, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper; then set aside.
-Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium/med-high heat. Add the garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Then add onion, bell pepper and carrots and cook, stirring as needed, for about 5 minutes.
-Add turkey and cook until browned through, breaking it up with a spatula as it cooks. Then add the ketchup mixture, stirring to evenly coat turkey and vegetables.
-Let everything simmer for 10 minutes more, or until thickened. Divide turkey mixture evenly among buns and serve immediately.

Mexican Spiced Turkey Burgers

My husband and I had a busy and fun weekend!  I was excited to try out several new recipes this weekend, and I love enjoying company and cooking for others, as well.  On Saturday, I made Mexican Spiced Turkey Burgers from I Don’t Go To The Gym’s Blog.  We had a couple over from our old church, and their 3 kids (only the adults ate the burgers – the kids had hot dogs).  It was the husband’s first time EVER eating a turkey burger.  I am just flabergasted when I hear things like that, because it is so normal to me!  But then I remember, I didn’t eat turkey burgers as a kid or while growing up – probably once I really started cooking is when I started eating turkey burgers.  My husband also didn’t eat them before I came into his life! 😉

Our friends’ kids also don’t spend a lot of time around pets, and it was just adorable to see them so enamored with the cat and lizard, and even afraid of our sweet little dog!  It was cute to see them warm up to him, petting him, then proudly telling their parents that they were able to.  At first I was worried that we wouldn’t have enough to keep the kids busy, but with having 6 pets and a little play area outside, it turned out to be great for the 2, 4, and 6 year olds!
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Going back to these Mexican turkey burgers…I have had this recipe saved for about a year now, just kind of waiting to make it.  It involves SO MUCH STUFF.  Nothing really expensive or out of the ordinary, but it’s definitely a trashed up or fancied up burger.  I even had to text my friend ahead of time to make sure she was ok with it, or if they prefer “normal” burgers.  As many people know, I RARELY make a normal burger. 😉

There are some changes I would recommend from the original recipe – the original recipe says to use one pound of ground turkey to make 6 patties…um…how is that even possible?  Sometimes it can be difficult enough to make 4 patties out of one pound of meat!  I ended up using 1.25lbs (it was on sale for cheaper than the 1lb package!) and made 5 burgers.  Also, there is SO MUCH additional stuff in these burgers, that I actually had to cut it down a bit, because there would be literally almost no burger and all filling (which I suppose may have been their point, but it’s kind of hard to grill filling with minimal burger).  As it was, we had to grill these on foil (make sure to spray your foil!), so that they wouldn’t fall apart between the grates.  Also, I omitted the jalapeno (but kept the bell pepper – and my husband didn’t mind! Score!).  I also only used half a red onion, to save for a yummy watermelon salsa I also made (check the blog soon for that recipe), and only used half of the red bell pepper because, again, there was just so much filling.

Despite all the filling and despite all the changes – these were YUMMY burgers.  I mean it.  So filling, so flavourful, dripping with flavours.  My friend (the wife) said that she loved the “pockets” of cheese in the burger, and the husband said that he really liked it too!  Sure, he might have just said that to be polite, but he ate the whole thing, which I think says something. 😉

For the recipe below, I am going to post using my alterations, from what I can remember, but if you’d like to compare and contrast, definitely check out the original recipe – feel free to make it your own!

Bonus: we used fresh cilantro from our garden! Yay!
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Mexican Spiced Turkey Burgers

serves 4

Ingredients
-1lb lean ground turkey
-1/2 or 1 chopped red bell pepper
-1/2 or 1 chopped small red onion
-1/2 cup frozen corn
-1tbsp olive oil
-1-2tbsp cumin
-1-2tbsp chili powder
-4 garlic cloves, minced
-1 handful cilantro, chopped
-1 lime
-1 egg white
-1/4cu panko (I used a little more)
-4tbsp Mexican cheese blend
-buns

Directions
-Add one tbsp olive oil to saute pan over medium heat, then add red pepper, onion, garlic, frozen corn, 1 tbsp cumin, and 1 tbsp chili powder to saute pan. Saute until golden brown. Add juice from one lime and mix to combine flavors.
-In a mixing bowl combine lean ground turkey with the veggie mixture. Add remaining cumin and chili powder (if you want to – 1tbsp of each was actually pretty decent). Mix in chopped cilantro, panko, and egg white.
-Form patties, stuffing some cheese into the center, and then fold the meat around.
-Either grill or use saute pan with non-stick olive oil spray. Cook on medium high heat for 5-7 minutes each side
-Top with condiments of your choice, on the buns, and serve.

Blue Cheese Burger

I could go on and on about how I love burgers and I love cheese stuffed burgers, and I’ve made blue cheese stuffed burgers a million times (check out blue cheese-stuffed beef burgers and blue cheese-stuffed turkey burgers for examples!).  But I will spare you, because every time I make a cheese stuffed burger, I go on and on about it.

I *will* say that I added leftover crumbled blue cheese to my salad last night for dinner, and my mother and two nieces all turned their noses up in disgust.  Oh well, more for me, right??
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This blue cheese burger recipe comes from The Girl Who Ate Everything, which is a great cooking blog that you should check out if you haven’t already!  I have found many recipes from her and have rarely (if ever) been disappointed!  This burger recipe is actually different from all of the other cheese-stuffed burgers I’ve made before.  In the other recipes, a piece (or a few pieces) of cheese is pushed into the center of the meat-ball, the meat is folded around the cheese, then formed into a burger (or some form of those directions).  In this recipe, however, the blue cheese crumbles are combined into the meat mixture along with the other ingredients.  I like trying my favourite standards a bit differently!

My husband said he liked that the blue cheese was mixed into the entire burger, because he could taste more blue cheese in almost every bite.  I liked that aspect too.  Of course – you have to be a fan of blue cheese to enjoy that, because it definitely has a bite to it that does not suit everyone’s palate.

Overall: DELICIOUS!  In fact, you should grill these guys tonight!
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Blue Cheese Burgers

serves 4

Ingredients:
-1lb lean ground beef
-2-4oz crumbled blue cheese
-1/4cu sliced green onions
-1/4tsp Tabasco sauce
-1.5tsp Worcestershire sauce
-a few shakes of ground pepper
-1 shake of ground sea salt
-1/2tsp dry mustard
-4 hamburger buns
-toppings and condiments of your choice

Directions:
-Ia large bowl, mix the ground beef, blue cheese, green onions, Tabasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce, pepper, salt (I think I omitted the salt altogether – it truly doesn’t need it), and dry mustard. The original recipe says to chill the mixture for two hours, as this helps the patties keep their form, however I, as well as the original blogger, have done it without chilling and the patties were just fine.
-Preheat grill to medium high heat and form meat mixture into 4 patties. Oil or spray the grill and cook the burgers for about 5 minutes per side or until done. Serve on hamburger buns with desired toppings and condiments.

Down Island Pork Burgers with Mango Mayo and Grilled Onions

I hope that everyone is gearing up for a happy and healthy 4th of July!  As of right now, my husband and I do not have any plans to celebrate, but my nieces will be down the street visiting my mother, so I see some hanging out and swimming in my near future – can’t complain about that!  If you are looking for some patriotic appetizers or desserts, check out what I made last year: Firecracker Cookies and Red, White, and Blue Deviled Eggs!  Including cake mix in a cookie recipe is basically the best invention ever.  EVER.

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Also, what 4th of July is complete without grilling?  You can peruse all of my grilled recipes if you would like to choose one for your family or friend barbecue!  Don’t forget to add these Down Island Pork Burgers with Mango May and Grilled Onions from Sutter Home to the list!  I made these last month, also while my mother-in-law was visiting and they were absolutely delightful.  I do not think I have ever made pork burgers before, but I had bought ground pork on sale awhile ago and knew I had to take this opportunity!  Seriously, so good.  They were incredibly moist and flavourful.  The mango mayo was a bit…interesting, but it did add a great deal to the “down island” feel of the burgers.  The curry powder is crucial, by the way.  It is what MAKES these burgers what they are.  And who doesn’t love grilled onions?

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I could seriously go on and on about these fantastic burgers, but instead I’ll get to the recipe, and let you get to the grocery shopping!

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Side note: 4th of July is also not complete without paying homage to the amazing men and women who have made this country the free country that it is.  I have roots tied to other countries as well, and I don’t believe in selfish notion that the U.S. is the best country in the world, but I am happy to call it my home. =)

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Down Island Pork Burgers with Mango Mayo and Grilled Onions

serves 4

Ingredients:
For the mango mayo
-1/4cu mayonnaise
-1/2cu diced ripe mango
-2tsp freshly squeezed lime juice
For the patties
-1.5lbs ground pork
-2tbsp white cooking wine
-2tbsp hot sauce
-1/4cu panko
-4 large garlic cloves, minced
-4tsp minced fresh ginger
-4tsp curry powder
-1tsp salt
-1/2tsp ground allspice
For assembling
-Vegetable oil, for brushing on the grill rack
-sweet onion slices
-4 whole wheat buns
-desired toppings

Directions:
-Pre-heat the grill on desired setting.
-To make the mayo, combine all of the ingredients in food processor and process until smooth.
-To make the patties, combine the pork, cooking wine, hot sauce, panko, garlic, ginger, curry powder, salt, and allspice in a large bowl. Mix the meat well, then form into 4 patties.
-When the grill is ready, brush the grill rack with vegetable oil. Place the patties on the rack, cover, and cook, turning once, until done to preference, about 4-5 minutes on each side for medium. While the patties are cooking, place the onions on the grill rack and cook until golden brown and crisp-tender, about 2-3 minutes per side. During the last few minutes of cooking, place the rolls, cut side down, on the outer edges of the rack to toast lightly.
-To assemble the burgers, on each roll bottom, place a patty, an equal portion of the mayo, an onion slice, and your toppings. Add the tops and serve.

Blue Cheese-Stuffed Beef Burgers

Last night I took a quiz to find out what culture I subconsciously come from.  I answered 10 questions and my result was Japanese.  That’s all well and good, but NONE OF THE QUESTIONS I ANSWERED WERE THE JAPANESE OR EVEN ASIAN RESPONSE.  I took the quiz 4 more times using both real and random responses, and each time, got Japanese.  I wonder if Japanese was the only available response for the quiz.  That’d be kind of funny.   In any case, one of the questions asked what your favourite food was, and my response was tied between sushi (which I didn’t end up picking until the 3rd of 4th go-round), pizza, and burgers.
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I looooooove burgers.  I love that you can dress them up, dress them down, make them fusion, and then best of all: gobble them up!  I also looooooove cheese.  Cheddar (sharp, duh).  Swiss.  Parmesan.  Colby jack.  Blue.  Ricotta.  I could go on for hours.  For this reason, cheese-stuffed burgers is one of the best inventions EVER.  And I have made it my life goal to find every cheese-stuffed burger recipe on the planet and make it.  I have a lot of food-related life goals. 

This blue cheese-stuffed beef burger comes from TheNest.com which is one of my guilty-pleasure websites.  I loved TheKnot.com (so much free stuff!) and I have to admit I have also poked around on TheBump.com.  Their websites are so concise, well-organized, lots of other like-minded (and differently-minded, hello diversity!) people, forums, recipes, ideas, budget-savvy articles about everything from cheap dates to inexpensive decorating tips, and again, I could go on! 😉

I guess I am going on and on about other topics because there truthfully isn’t much to say about the burgers themselves.  I didn’t really stray much from the recipe and I am definitely not a stranger to making cheese-stuffed burgers.  If you have never done it before, I highly recommend it!  Blue cheese is especially interesting, when you bite into a chunk of blue cheese – it doesn’t melt very much and therefore still packs quite a punch.  I will say that I grated fresh onion (that was an interesting process) because I don’t have any dried onion flakes, and I used dried thyme instead of fresh.  The beef was a bit crumbly, as I use the leanest ground beef (aka very little fat to hold it together) and there were no liquid ingredients.  If yours is too crumbly and falling apart, you can add an egg, but I ended up not needing to.
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Blue Cheese-Stuffed Beef Burgers

serves 4

Ingredients:
-1lb lean ground beef
-3tbsp grated yellow onion
-1tbsp minced fresh thyme
-1.5tsp freshly ground pepper
-4tbsp crumbled blue cheese
-touch of canola oil
-4 whole wheat hamburger buns
-desired condiments/toppings

Directions:
-Prepare a hot fire in a charcoal grill or preheat a gas grill on high.
-In a large bowl, combine the beef, onion, thyme, and pepper and mix thoroughly. Divide into 4 equal portions and shape each portion into a ball.
-Press your thumb into the top of of each ball and evenly distribute the blue cheese into each one, then press the beef over the cheese to enclose it, and shape the balls into patties.
-Refrigerate the patties while the grill heats.
-Oil the grill grate. Brush the burgers on both sides with the canola oil. Place the burgers directly over the hot fire and cook for about 5 minutes per side.
-Serve on toasted buns with your desired condiments and toppings!

Other cheese-stuffed burger recipes previously seen on Never The Same Dish:

Goat Cheese Stuffed Turkey Burgers

Brie Stuffed Turkey Burgers

Blue Cheese Stuffed Turkey Burgers

Juicy Turkey Burgers

I have heard my fair share of complaints about turkey burgers (and ground turkey in general), how it’s dry, crumbly, no flavour, so on and so forth.  Well, I rarely have that issue, and I cook with turkey all. the. time.  Moreover, I find the least percentage of fat that I can (which traditionally sucks out even more flavour and moisture). 
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The key, really, is what you put into it and what you do with it.  And we all know I don’t make plain burgers.  Like…who does that?  😉

I have made many delicious turkey burgers in my day, but this recipe by Reel Flavor really takes the cake.  Um…mayo?  IN THE BURGER??  Yes!  Unhealthy, sure, but the 99% fat free turkey meat makes up for that, right?  This was really one of the moistest, juciest burgers I have had in a very long time.  I even re-heated the leftover one the next day, and it was still amazing!
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For the grilled green beans (I used the side burner attached to our grill, plus our grill basket!), I mixed them with a bit of olive oil and some random spices from my pantry.  Delicious!
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Juicy Turkey Burgers

serves 4

Ingredients:
For the burgers
-1lb lean ground turkey
-2tbsp mayo
-1tbsp dijon mustard
-4 green onions, chopped
-1.5tbsp corn flake crubs or breadcrumbs
-2 cloves pressed garlic
-1tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
Lemon-Dijon Sauce
-1cu plain Greek yogurt
-1tbsp dijon mustard
-splash of lemon juice
(I didn’t make this sauce – totally forgot to!)
-garnish of your choice
-whole wheat hamburger buns

Directions:
-To start, heat your grill on medium-high/high (this can obviously be prepared in the oven or on the stove too).
-Mix together ground turkey with the other turkey ingredients, making sure they are well incorporated, then form into 4 patties.
-Grill for about 5-6 minutes per side, or until done.

Other turkey burgers previously seen on Never The Same Dish:

Goat Cheese-Stuffed Turkey Burgers

Brie-Stuffed Turkey Burgers

Blue Cheese-Stuffed Turkey Burgers

Buffalo Turkey Burgers

“Cowgirl” Turkey Burgers

Spiced Up Turkey Burgers with Lemon Herb Mayo

Flavoured Turkey Burgers

Asian Turkey Burgers

Thai Turkey Burgers