Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Herbed Turkey Burgers

Was anyone else obsessed with Top Chef All-Stars?  I was sooo excited to see some of my old favorites return for a chance at redemption.  And since we always watch with my best friend and her husband, we decided to make things interesting and create a fantasy league.  Sadly, my team didn't fare so well (even though I really chose what I thought would be a solid team), but we had so much fun watching every week - especially when Atlanta's own Richard Blais took the title!  Anyway, thanks to Fabio and his broken English, I don't think I'll ever be able to eat a burger again without pronouncing it "boooger."

I'm always on the lookout for fun and unique burger recipes, but sometimes a simple and straightforward dinner is what I'm looking for.  These burgers are pretty basic, but they are gussied up a bit by the addition of fresh herbs.  I added sliced Havarti cheese to mine, and we loved the addition - cheese is always good, right?  I actually grilled these burgers the first nice weekend we had here, and while I didn't photograph them, I loved them so much I added them back to the menu shortly thereafter.

I served these burgers with the asparagus with rosemary and goat cheese, and I felt like we were enjoying an upscale burger dinner.  And one that we definitely plan to repeat again this spring. 

Herbed Turkey Burgers
adapted from Annie's Eats, originally from Simply Recipes
makes 4 burgers
  • 2 Tbs olive oil, divided
  • 3 Tbs finely diced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt 
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbs chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp minced fresh thyme
  • 2 tsp minced fresh rosemary
  • 2 tsp minced fresh sage
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 4 slices Havarti cheese
  • For serving, tomato slices, onion, lettuce, and buns
Prepare grill for cooking over medium high heat.

In a small saute pan, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium heat.  Add the onions and cook until soft and transluscent, about 3-5 minutes.  Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.  Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.

In a large bowl combine the turkey, onions and garlic, salt, pepper, thyme, parsley, rosemary, sage, mustard, and red pepper flakes.  Mix in the remaining tablepsoon of oil. 

Shape the meat into 4 equal-sized patties.

Oil the grill and cook the burgers 4-6 minutes per side, or until they are evenly browned and cooked through.  Add a cheese slice to each burger, close the grill, and cook just until the cheese has melted.  Toast the buns if desired.  Serve with lettuce, tomato, and onion.


CookieCrazedMama said...

Love Top Chef! I was happy Richard won, but I would have loved to see Fabio there longer-he always makes me smile!

Your site is so lovely, btw!

Unknown said...

I love checking out your blog - you always have something wonderful! These burgers look terrific and fairly healthy too, thanks!

Dreams of cakes said...

Delicious recipe. Thanks for sharing1

Fork1 said...

Yummy, I will def have to give this one a try. Thanks for posting

Mary @Delightful Bitefuls said...

This looks terrific! Perfect for spring!

Mary xo
Delightful Bitefuls

Unknown said...

I loved TC All-Stars too. I'm so bummed it's over! We eat a ton of ground turkey so I'm always looking for new ideas and these burgers sound great!

Unknown said...

I love that show, I only wish I could be a guest judge!

Lovely meal, you always have such refreshingly good food.

Kim @ Feed Me, Seymour said...

I was sad to see Elia go so early! And I have to admit, I love Marcel and his new show on SyFy! A fantasy league is such a fantastic idea! I just wish more of my friends watched Top Chef.

As for the burgers, yum!!! My family refuses to eat turkey burgers, but I don't care in this case! They can sugger hungrily while I scarf down one of these booogers! :)

Rachael Garcia said...

I was totally pulling for Carla to win it all but I think Richard was very deserving of the win. What a neat idea to have a fantasy league, I may have to borrow that idea! Hootie hoo!

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