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Tender Asian Turkey Burger

turkeyburger

Earlier this month I rounded up some of our best burger recipes right here on Family Kitchen. It dawned on me that I rarely make turkey or chicken burgers. Often times they turn out dry and lack flavor. So I decided to try and create a turkey burger that would be moist and flavorful.

I decided to use turkey thighs. The additional fat would help the burger retain some moisture and flavor. They were delicious. However, I have also tried this recipe using the lighter turkey breasts and they were also good and not at all dry. To add even more moisture I used milk-soaked bread instead of bread crumbs. I’ve always done this when I make homemade meatballs and it works really well. And it worked just as well with turkey burgers. If you have a family with a hungry appetite then you may want to double this recipe. These burgers go down easily!

I love the Asian-inspired flavors in this recipe but you can easily modify this with other ingredients. Replace the Thai chiles, soy sauce and ginger with some jalapeno, adobe sauce and fresh cilantro for a great Southwestern flavor. The sky is the limit!

The Recipe – Tender Asian Turkey Burger

Yield: 4 burgers

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb freshly ground turkey thighs
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 spring onions, diced
  • 1 tsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1 Thai chile pepper, diced (optional)
  • 1/4 cup organic soy sauce
  • 3 slices of white bread, crusts removed
  • 1/4 milk (or enough to just saturate white bread)
  • Sea salt and ground pepper

Method:

  1. Preheat barbecue grill to medium high.
  2. Soak slices of bread in milk until just saturated. If bread seems really soaked, gently wring it out until it’s wet but not overly soaked.
  3. In a bowl add ground turkey, soaked bread, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, diced chiles. Mix well with your clean hands until blended. Add spring onions until blended. Don’t overwork the meat. The meat should hold together and not be too moist or fall apart.
  4. Wet your hands first then form mixture into burgers that are no thicker than 1/2 inch.  Cook on the grill approximately 4 minutes per side. Remove from grill and allow to rest for a few minutes before serving with
  5. your favorite condiments. I like to swirl a little Sriracha in mayonnaise or ketchup.

Photo Credit: iStockphoto.com

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