Totes Tasty Turks Burgs

There’s almost nothing I enjoy more than a good burger. But the classic hamburger, with all of it’s juicy, delicious, fat-saturating goodness, is like the wild card boyfriend you had when you were 22.  It’s hot and beefy, and generally satisfying, but as time goes on,  you and your metabolism start to grow up, and realize it’s time to move on. Greater Orlando regional beer pong champion or not, this one’s no good for you.

So, strung out from red meat withdrawals, you start looking around for something a little healthier, and lo, the turkey burger is right there to comfort you.

The issue with the turkey burger is that it claims to be just like the real thing, only more responsible, which sounds nice, but you quickly discover it to be dry, flavorless, and cooked through and through. Yawn.

Your mind begins to wander back. You think, “Orlando’s not so bad”. Stop yourself!

The perpetual question of both burgerhood and relationships goes something like this: why can’t I have something that I love, that is hot and delicious that is also not going to kill me and I can have it every day forever and always be happy with it? Is that so much to ask?

Well, I’d like to introduce you to your future husband.

Inspiration: Meatballs, laziness, and heart health, in that order

Time commitment: T minus 30 minutes

The goods:

  1. 16 oz package of ground turkey
  2. Ketchup
  3. 1 egg
  4. 1/3 cup of breadcrumbs (italian style panko or whole wheat work well)
  5. 1 clove garlic
  6. Sriracha
  7. Salt and pepper

Optional sidedishification: grilled corn.


First, chop up your garlic into fine pieces

Then, combine the turkey, garlic, egg and breadcrumbs in metal mixing bowl


Next, add a liberal squirt of ketchup – about 1 tablespoon. If you’re into Sriracha, go ahead and add whatever you can handle.

Mix the turkey until it becomes sticky and smooth


Form your mixture into four patties. If you find that it is too wet or isn’t holding together well, try creating the patties on a plate or wax paper, and placing them in the freezer for 10 minutes before you put the burgers on the grill. This will keep them together long enough to get a nice sear on the outside.

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Grill over medium-low heat for about 10 to 12 minutes, or until cooked through. Serve with or without bun. But let’s be real, you’ve already added breadcrumbs so what the hey. Enjoy!


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