Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Turkey burgers and caprese salad

I've only made hamburgers once before (on a grill pan) and it was slightly disastrous. We got a grill for a housewarming present and have slowly begun teaching ourselves how to grill. I cam across this recipe for burgers and since we were having a cookout I decided to let my guests in on the experiment. I had a pound of ground turkey so I opted to make turkey burgers instead of beef.

Turkey Burgers

1 slightly beaten egg white
2 tablespoons water
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup finely shredded carrot
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
1 pound lean ground beef (or turkey)
6 whole-grain buns
Lettuce, tomato slices, and red-onion slices


1. Combine egg white, water, bread crumbs, carrot, onion, bell pepper, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.

2. Add Parmesan and turkey; mix. Shape into six 1/2-inch-thick patties.

3. Grill burgers on an oiled grill rack for 7 minutes. Turn and grill 8 to 11 minutes more, or until no pink remains.

4. Serve burgers on buns with veggies.

Cook's notes:

1. We used lettuce from our garden for the burgers!

2. I didn't actually measure any of the bread crumbs, red pepper, onion, or carrots. I don't think it matters.
3. These were surprisingly good and you couldn't even taste the veggies in the burger. Mr. Snowgoose ate three burgers! Looks like I found another way to sneak him vegetables.
4. And for a side, Mr. Snowgoose made Caprese salad with the fresh basil from our garden. Unfortunately our tomatoes haven't ripened yet.

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