Monday, September 6, 2010

Zesty BBQ Turkey Burgers

Here's a delicious recipe for full-flavored turkey burgers with a zesty kick. This recipe makes 4 burgers - simply multiply it if you're feeding more folks this Labor Day. Make sure your grill grates are as clean as possible to prevent these lean burgers from sticking.

1 lb raw ground turkey
1 beaten egg
Your favorite barbecue sauce (preferably a thicker BBQ sauce)
1/3 cup soft bread crumbs (if tearing bread to make, tear into very small pieces)
1 jalapeno, deseeded & minced
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 Tbs pickle relish
2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
Vegetable oil spray (e.g., Pam brand)
4 hamburger buns

Combine the egg and 2 Tablespoons of barbeque sauce in a large bowl. Stir in the bread crumbs, jalapeno, onion, pickle relish and garlic. Add the ground turkey and use your hands to combine everything thoroughly. Shape into four 3/4"-thick patties, making a small depression in the middle so that the middle of the burger is a little less thick than the edge (this will keep them from bulging in the middle during grilling). Spray both sides of the burger with a little vegetable oil spray to keep them from sticking on the grill. Grill the burgers directly over medium-hot coals for 7 minutes (keep grill uncovered). Flip over and grill until completely done, about 8 to 10 minutes, brushing with BBQ sauce a few times. Because these are turkey burgers, you need to make sure they're well done. Serve on hamburger buns with more BBQ sauce and your favorite toppings - you can toast the bun insides on the grill if desired.

Zestfully yours,

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