Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Mushroom-Crusted Turkey Burgers

Last year, Joey took me to one of our favorite restaurants for my birthday.  I had a seared pork loin that was stuffed with cheese and prosciutto and coated in a porcini mushroom crust.  It was insanely delicious, and I vowed to recreate it then and there.  And here we are, almost one year later.... Somehow a mushroom-crusted pork loin morphed into the idea of a mushroom-crusted turkey burger. 

It was definitely a great adaptation.  To coat the burgers, I ground up some dried porcini mushrooms in the food processor (I used my mini-prep for the job), and then coated the burgers with the powder.  I kept the burger itself pretty simple - a few simple herbs and spices and a little bit of the porcini powder.  Seared in a skillet and topped with Havarti and a little arugula, these burgers now top the list as on of our favorite meals.  I love making fun burgers, and Joey said these are probably his favorite that I've made yet.  The mushroom crust gets a little crispy in the skillet, and the earthy mushrooms go really well with the turkey burgers and creamy Havarti.  The arugula gives the whole thing a bit of freshness and bite.  Ready in under 30 minutes, full of mushroom flavor, and relatively healthy - what more could you want?

Mushroom-Crusted Turkey Burgers
a Pink Parsley Original
makes 4 burgers
  • 1 oz dried mushrooms
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 1/4 lbs ground turkey
  • 1 scallion, minced
  • 2 Tbs minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tbs oil
  • 4 slices Havarti cheese
  • 4 burger buns, split
  • arugula, for serving
In the bowl of a food processor, grind the dried mushrooms until they are a coarse powder.  Reserve 2 teaspoons of the powder, and transfer the rest to a shallow bowl or pie plate and mix in the salt and pepper.

In a large bowl, combine the turkey, reserved mushroom powder, scallion, parsley, mustard, and worcestershire sauce.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Form into 4 equal-sized patties.

Preheat a large skillet over medium heat, and add the oil.

Working one burger at a time, coat the outside with the mushroom powder, pressing lightly to adhere. 

Cook the burgers 4-5 minuts per side, or until the meat is cooked through.  Add the cheese for the last minute or two, and continue cooking until it has melted.

Toast the buns and serve the burgers topped with arugula. 


Amy said...

Oh, yum! We love mushrooms and this sounds like such a creative way to use them with your burger.

elly said...

I have to admit that I'm not a huge turkey burger fan, but this one looks really awesome. It's probably only the second turkey burger recipe I've ever starred. :) Looking forward to making it soon!

Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen said...

This looks amazing. I love mushrooms, but my boyfriend can't stand their texture...I'm thinking these would be a good way to sneak them into his food without him realizing since they're ground up!

Anna @ hiddenponies said...

What a good lookin' burger! We eat burgers all winter but I still can't wait for REAL burger season again this summer :)

Rebecca said...

LOVE turkey burgers and I'm always looking for a way to spruce them up a bit. This sounds so gourmet and delicious!

JehanP said...

Wow, that's one juicy looking burger and sound so gourmet.

Laura said...

Yum! I'm usually not one for turkey burgers, but this sounds amazing. I'm thinking the flavor of the mushrooms almost gives it a beefy quality? Will try these for sure!

Tina | My Life as a Mrs said...

okay, seriously - mushroom crusted burgers today and Arugula salad yesterday?? GIRL... we are SO on the same food wavelength this week ;) These burgers look amazing! Can't wait to try them!

Joanne said...

What an interesting idea...I wonder if this would help to spruce up a bean burger also and add some crunch and texture to it!

Jessica said...

What a great idea! Mushrooms are actually one thing that are easy to find in China, now all I need to do is find ground turkey. Though I might have better luck finding ground pork... Hmm wheels a-turning here!

Ryan said...

Hi Josie! You did a great job organizing the shower and the mushrooms look incredible! I can't wait to try them. I love stuffed mushrooms and the brie and crab filling sounds like it would be amazing!

Natalie said...

these sound so, so wonderful! I love anything mushroom so I have no doubt I'll go crazy for these!

Cara said...

awesome use of the dried mushrooms! I've heard of chefs doing some pretty awesome things with powdered dried fruits and veggies, and this is definitely up there :) Makes me ponder what else could be done!

Jen said...

These look great. I love recreating meals at home. I'm bookmarking these to make soon.

Aimee ~ See Aimee Cook said...

Josie, wanted you to know that I made these just a few nights ago (and blogged abt them tonight) and they were a big hit! Thanks for a great recipe!

branny said...

Made these tonight for dinner. They were great. My husband gags at the texture of a mushroom but the flavor from the mushroom powder wasnt offensive!

Josie said...

Glad you liked them, B! It's a sad life to lead if you hate mushrooms!!

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