Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Southwest Turkey Burgers

I have come to the conclusion that turkey burgers don't photograph well. That baby was cooked, I tell you, and she still looks pink! PINK! I found this recipe while cruising the internets, looking for a burger recipe that Hubs and Jake would eat. Being all inspired like from last Friday when I made buffalo/beef burgers with a friend, I was still in burger mode and these satisfied my craving.

Home made burgers are the best. You can control what is topping them or going in them, and tailor them just to your needs. What's not to like?

Adapted from Rachael Ray

1 lb ground turkey
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 red onion, minced
2 tbsp chopped fresh thyme (1 tsp dried leaves)
2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro, or parsley
1/2 small sweet bell pepper (any color), chopped finely
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced (I used 1/4 of a pepper)
several drops of hot sauce (I omitted this)
2 tsp Montreal Steak Spice

In a large bowl, mix together the garlic, onion, thyme, cilantro, bell pepper, jalapeno, hot sauce, and steak spice. Add the turkey and with your hands, moosh it all together until it's blended through. Shape the mixture into 5 patties.

To cook, heat a little olive oil in a pan and fry them up on medium high until they are no longer pink in the middle and cooked through. We served them in whole wheat kaisers with Cheddar cheese, tomato, lettuce, and a bit of mayo. You could try them with some bacon and pepper jack cheese, or omit the bacon and slather on some avocado. Yum!

Makes 4 burgers
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