My favorite weeknight dinners? The quick ones! And easy ones, of course. Ok, but they also have to be satisfying, flavorful and healthy. Made with wholesome ingredients.
What if I told you these grilled turkey burgers with caramelized onions have 4 ingredients (+ onions) and are so simple and quick to make?!
How to make grilled turkey burgers?
Ok, I have to confess: I don’t go crazy for meat and that’s because I don’t like cooking it.
Maybe the problem is that I used to cook it too much (I was afraid of getting sick from eating undercooked poultry, yup) and you know that overcooking is enemy to meat.
As a result: overcooked meat = tough meat = me doesn’t like it = me gives up. Oh but I didn’t give up on these.
These grilled turkey burgers turned out perfect each time I made them (ask my boyfriend!).
I love the touch Dijon mustard gives: makes the mixture slightly more moist and the flavor more spicy.
Another thing you can do to make them more juicy is to use oil into the mixture.
To keep it more “light”, though, I don’t use any oil, neither into the mixture nor on the grill pan (also, remember there’s extra virgin olive oil in the caramelized onions!)
Making these burgers is extremely easy and quick, my friend. You will only need one bowl, four ingredients, three steps and 20 minutes!
Combine all the ingredients into a bowl, mix well with your hands and form into 4 patties.
Heat the pan at medium high heat, then lower to medium.
Now grill your patties for 4-5 minutes each side. Try to flip them just once.
How long to grill turkey burgers?
That’s a tough question (IMHO).
Because poultry meat has to be fully cooked in order to be safe, they say 160 degrees F (approximately 71° C) is the ideal internal temperature and indicates doneness. Reference: read this chart.
Certainly, the best thing is to have a thermometer (which I regularly use in the kitchen and I find SO handy, not only for this purpose).
In case you don’t have a thermometer yet: first consider buying one, and second try to “train” your eye.
If the burger still looks pink, keep cooking (duh). If you’ve cooked it for about 5 minutes each side and it still seems undercooked on the sides, keep cooking.
BUT: everything also depends on the size of the burgers right? The patties you see in the photos took a bit more than 5 minutes each side to cook, and that’s because I made them too thick (about 200 gr each).
Instead of dividing the mixture into two parts, try to make them thinner (approximately 100 gr each).
If you are still hesitant, cut your burgers in half and simply check the doneness in the center.
Can you freeze turkey burgers?
Of course you can!
Form the patties then use plastic film to wrap them. Put them into freezer bags and freeze.
My mom uses a burger maker: she uses parchment paper on both sides of the patties, then freeze.
What to do with leftover thanksgiving turkey?
Well, these healthy turkey burgers! Instead of using turkey mince, use cooked turkey + mustard + salt + breadcrumbs. Blend together and if too dry, add an egg and/or oil!
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GRILLED TURKEY BURGERS
- 400 gr Turkey mince - (Approximately 14 ounces)
- One tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 20 gr Breadcrumbs
- 35 gr Minced onion
For the caramelized onions:
- 450 gr Yellow onion - (Approximately 16 ounces)
- A drizzle Olive oil
- Balsamic vinegar
- Homemade burger buns
- Sliced low moisture mozzarella - optional
- In a bowl, combine turkey mince, Dijon mustard, minced onion, salt and mix with your hands.
- If it seems too soft add breadcrumbs.
- In the meantime, heat up a grill pan at medium high heat.
- Form 4 patties.
- When hot, place the patties on the grill pan and cook at medium heat.
- Cook about 5 minutes per side or until lightly charred on the outside and cooked.
For the onions:
- Assemble the turkey burger just like in the photo.
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