Spicy Grilled Turkey Burgers
I make turkey burgers a lot, because they are healthy and delicious. This recipe is juicy and flavorful. I usually top my burgers with carmelized onions or mushrooms.
1 1/2 pounds ground turkey (white meat, dark meat, or a mixture)
1/2 cup fresh peppers (red or yellow), minced
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 small yellow onion, minced
1 Tbsp dijon mustard
4 garlic cloves, minced
sea salt, to taste
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, or more to taste
4 hamburger buns, lightly toasted
1 tomato, sliced (optional)
sauteed onion or mushrooms topping (optional)
sliced cheese (gruyere, cheddar)
Prepare your grill (either charcoal or gas) for direct high heat. Or right before cooking, heat a griddle or large cast iron frying pan on the stovetop.
Combine the turkey, onion, garlic, dijon, peppers, and spices in a large bowl and work the mixture with your hands to just mix. Do not over mix or the burgers will be tough. Form the mixture into 4 1-inch thick patties.
Season both sides of the patties with salt and pepper. Grill them for 5-7 minutes on each side, until the internal temperature of the patties reach 170°F on a meat thermometer. Turkey burgers should be cooked through, not rare. Toward the end of the cooking, put the cheese on the burgers and the buns on the grill to toast for about a minute. Remove the burgers from the grill to a platter, cover and let rest for 5 minutes.
Assemble the burgers by placing each burger on a bottom bun, and stacking a tomato slice, and sauteed onions or mushrooms (if desired), and then topping with the top bun.
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