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A Tasty Turkey Burger

Sometimes I get a hankering for a burger; usually a turkey burger. Often the thought of the burger is much better than the actual burger though. Since turkey is lower in fat than beef the resulting burger can turn out pretty dry and tasteless without condiments.

Yesterday I did a little research and combined several recipes that claimed to have the “best ever juicy” turkey burger. One chef inserted a pat of butter into the center of each burger before cooking! I didn’t do anything as dramatic.

My secret ingredients for a tasty burger is herbs, Worcestershire sauce, mustard and water. I served ours with some leftover avocado crema (recipe below).


1 pound ground turkey

Olive oil

1 shallot, minced

1/2 teaspoon ground sage

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano (use whatever herbs you have on hand)

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

2 teaspoons Worchester sauce

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon filtered water

Sea salt and pepper to taste


Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a small skillet and saute the minced shallot for a few minutes until soft. Remove from heat.

In a large bowl combine all the ingredients including the shallots. Mix well with fork or your hands.

Form into 4 medium sized patties and season lightly with salt and pepper.

Reheat the skillet with another tablespoon of oil and cook the burgers on medium heat about 5 minutes per side. Remove from heat and let rest.

Serve with topping of choice: Dijon mustard, smashed avocado, hummus or avocado crema.

Avocado Crema

1/2 ripe avocado

1 tablespoon plain yogurt, not fat-free

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon lime juice

Pinch of sea salt

Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl until smooth.

Suggested side dish: oven roasted broccoli with olive oil and lemon juice and a large green salad with red onions and mini roasted peppers.


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