Turkey Burgers

I’m so excited to be back in the kitchen! Dr. O and I had a nice week on the Liberty of the Seas with the “O” family, but I really missed cooking. (I doubt Dr. O missed the dishes, though. 🙂 ) We’re still recovering from traveling, so I wanted to ease back in with a quick and easy recipe – Turkey Burgers from the January/February 2006 issue of Everyday Food. This recipe is extra nice because it’s freezer friendly – it’s easy to double the recipe and tuck away half for later.

To make a single recipe, I started by tearing 2 slices of whole-wheat sandwich bread into small pieces. I put the pieces in a medium bowl and added 1 pound of lean ground turkey (7% fat), 1/2 cup of reduced-fat sour cream, 3 tablespoons of mango chutney, 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard, 1 tablespoon of chili powder, and 1 teaspoon of coarse salt. I stirred the mixture until it was well combined and shaped it into 4 firm 5-inch patties.

I put the patties on a foil-lined baking sheet and broiled them 4 inches from the heat source until they were firm and cooked through, 5 minutes per side. While the burgers cooked, I toasted 4 slices of the whole-wheat sandwich bread, sliced a tomato, and stirred together 1 tablespoon of the mango chutney with 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard to create a sauce. I served the burgers on top of the wheat toast on a bed of lettuce, topped with the sauce and tomato.

Turkey Burgers

This was a super simple, quick recipe with minimal mess – perfect for a weeknight. The mango chutney and chili powder really added to the flavor of the burgers. Next time, I might add cheese during the last minute or two under the broiler… Cheese makes everything better, doesn’t it?

TIPS: If you want to freeze the burgers, put the patties on a baking sheet immediately after you form them and put the sheet in the freezer until the patties are firm, about 30 minutes. Wrap each individual patty in plastic and then put the patties in a freezer bag. They’ll keep for 2 months. Thaw the burgers overnight in the refrigerator before cooking.

Recipe link: Turkey Burgers

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