With Canada Day (or Independence Day for my American friends) just around the corner, I knew I needed to arm you guys with my favorite burger recipe. Being in the middle of the glorious summer weather, Canada Day celebrations always include a BBQ of some sort for us, and who doesn't love a good barbecued burger?!
I love making mine with ground turkey, but it can get a bit dried out, so I'm sharing my trick with you guys for the perfectly moist, juicy burgers, no matter what kind of meat you're using. I love the addition of fresh herbs to up the flavor and give an extra nutritional boost. This recipe uses fresh dill, which has the ability to neutralize particular carcinogens from forming. This doesn't mean throw all caution to the wind and char your food to oblivion, but it never hurts to add a little extra health protecting ingredients!
If you're not quite feeling like the BBQ pro yet, be sure to check out my Healthy Grilling Guide for tips on what to grill, how to limit formation of harmful carcinogens and the best tools to get you all set up!
Happy Canada Day!!
Greek turkey burgers
*Freeze any leftover patties
- ¼ cup milk
- ¼ cup bread crumbs
- 1 lb lean ground turkey
- 1 small clove of garlic, minced
- 2 Tbsp. fresh dill, chopped
- ½ red pepper, diced into small pieces
- ¼ of a small red onion, diced
- ¼ cup feta cheese, crumbled
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 large egg
- 4 whole grain hamburger buns * alternatively can wrap patty in lettuce as your "bun" for a lighter meal
- Coarse salt and freshly-cracked pepper (approx ¼ tsp each)
- Additional topping suggestions: small dollop of tzatziki, thinly sliced red onion, spinach, cucumber, fresh tomato.
1. Add the breadcrumbs and milk to a small bowl and let the crumbs soak up the milk for 5-10 minutes (* This is the key to moist, juicy burgers! Soaking the crumbs in milk first prevents them from soaking up the juices from the meat).
2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the ground turkey, garlic, dill, red pepper, onion, feta, oregano, egg, salt and pepper. Gently fold in all ingredients, being careful not to over mix as this will make for tougher burgers.
3. Shape the mixture into four evenly-sized patties, pressing the middles down with your thumb to make a small dip in the center.
4. Cook the burgers on a BBQ or in a non-stick pan over med-high heat, 5-6 minutes each side or until no longer pink inside.
5. Meanwhile, Lightly toast buns. When burgers are ready, fix your bun with desired toppings and burger patty. Serve and Enjoy!
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