My son Jack got married a few weeks ago. I am so happy for Jack and Bianca as they start their new life together. They went on their honeymoon and were able to travel to a number of different countries where they had the experience of a lifetime. They also ate a lot of different foods. When they told me they were coming over to tell us their stories of their adventures after arriving back in the States, I wanted to make them something I have been promising for quite some time—turkey burgers.
Now you may be asking yourself why turkey burgers. It is because even though they are made with turkey (can you say dry and bland), these burgers are full of flavor and not a dry bite in the patty. The happy newlyweds enjoyed every mouthful and between bites John and I got to hear some amazing tales.
Until next time, happy creating.
by Dina Puleo
Recipe adapted from Antoine Westermann, Le Coq Rico, New York
The burgers, even after chilling, they will still be wet. However, if careful when putting in pan will give you a moist, perfectly cooked burger. I like to make the mixture in the morning and then they are ready to cook by suppertime.
Yield: 3 good sized burgers
Prep time: 20 minutes, plus chilling time
Cook Time: 12 minutes
1 pound ground turkey
3 tablespoons crème fraiche (if crème fraiche is unavailable use sour cream as a substitute)
1 teaspoon dry parsley
½ teaspoon dry basil
1 ½ tablespoons dried minced onion
¾ teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons of olive oil
3 slices of cheddar cheese
3 slices of gouda
In a medium bowl, add all the ingredients except olive oil, cheddar cheese, and gouda. Combine just until incorporated, don’t over mix. Put mixture in a container with a cover, and chill in refrigerator at least an hour.
In a large pan, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Take a handful of mixture and form in a patty. The turkey will be extremely wet so be careful putting the patty into the pan. Repeat with rest of turkey mixture. Cook the burgers until golden brown or until done by reaching a temperature of 165 degrees (about 5-6 minutes each side). Place cheddar slices on burgers. Cover for 1 minute to melt cheese.
Take off of heat and place burger on a bun of your choosing.