[perfect turkey burger recipe]
If you happened to read my previous post on our favorite recipe for juicy grilled beef burgers, you’ll already know how we feel as a family about grilling (well, especially myself and my husband). It’s our evening chill. The way we build that space between the crazy chaos of the day’s school/sports/workouts/work activities and the slower motion of intentional family time in the evening. Since we began grilling regularly last summer I’ve built a fairly impressive stash of recipes that we love to rotate through regularly and wanted to share them for everyone to enjoy.
Today, I’m sharing one of our favorite turkey burger recipes. These are super juicy, filled with flavor and seasonings, and the added ricotta cheese keeps the texture of these amazing – just like our favorite beef burger. Turkey burgers can have this tendency to get either sort of rubbery or dry if you’re not careful, but I think the addition of the ricotta cheese creates the perfect texture. My recipe is inspired by this recipe for Vermont Burgers that I found years ago and have updated to both suit our tastes and be a bit easier to make on the fly, since I don’t use the fresh herbs.
Perfect Turkey Burgers
2-1/4 pounds organic ground turkey
(be sure to purchase ground turkey that’s a mix of both dark and white meats. If necessary, purchase separately and mix equal portions.)
1/2 c. part skim ricotta cheese
2 T. dried parsley
1-1/4 tsp. dried rubbed sage
1 tsp. garlic powder
1-1/4 tsp. fine sea salt
Combine all of the ingredients in a stainless steel bowl and stir with a fork until everything is mixed well. Form into 6-8 patties. Place the patties on a tray or in a dish lined with either waxed paper or parchment and refrigerate for several hours. (I sometimes even pop them into the freezer.) Because of the added cheese, they can get a bit sticky to work with if they’re not chilled enough. It can take a few tries to find the perfect chill for you, but they are 100% worth it.
Oil or spray your grill grates with olive oil, and prepare as usual for grilling, making sure the grill is fully heated before adding the patties. Cook through thoroughly, without overcooking.
Serve on bakery buns with thousand island style dressing and hot pickled banana peppers.