Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Spiced-Up Turkey Burgers

Since friends know I love to cook, I'm often asked what I eat during the week, you know, quick and easy weeknight dinner types of dishes. Sometimes I make turkey burgers. I was trying to think of a funny and semi-relevant personal story about turkey burgers while in my yoga class on Sunday. Then, I fell out of this yoga pose. That's what I get for thinking about turkey while in Crow. So, to spice this post up, pun indeed intended, here are some random things that have occurred in my spicy life, as of late.

- Some friends and I had a dance party to this song, or rather, this SNL Digital Short, on Saturday night. I highly recommend. And may I just say, thank God Michael Bolton cut his hair. Amen.

- Last week, my bus crush of over 2 years, told me he sometimes "wishes" he was single, as we walked home. WHAT!? Too bad he lives with his girlfriend. Despite my intense crush, I'm no home wrecker. Though I've thought about it. A lot, maybe. College sweethearts are so overrated. So I think those thoughts gave me some bad karma...[see below]

- I decided I needed to be more conscious of my safety when I run outside. So, when I go running at 6am on weekday mornings, I now wear a headlamp. Unfortunately on an early morning run last week, I still managed to trip, fall hard, and catch myself with both hands, elbows, and knees, landing flat on the uneven road. My angelic face was spared. So much for the "safety" headlamp. OH. I get it. This fall was my karma for the inappropriate bus crush thoughts.

I now realize my life is more...mundane than spicy, unlike these turkey burgers. I make a batch of these and eat them throughout the week. I insist on topping them with caramelized onions, along with cheese, avocado, bbq sauce or ketchup. They are high in protein, low-carb, healthy, and flavorful. What's not to love? If my bus crush were to come over for dinner, I might make these. Oh and then these. Just sayin'.

Spiced-Up Turkey Burgers

1.5 pounds turkey (about 1 reg. pack from the grocery store); I prefer to use turkey with a little fat in it, as it keeps the burgers more flavorful and not so dry (you can use the 99% lean kind, just expect to add more spices)
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1/4 cup sundried tomatoes, chopped
1/2 teaspoon course salt or sea salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

For topping, optional
Caramelized yellow onions
Ketchup, mustard, or pesto

1) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

2) In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients together.

3) Using your very clean hands, scoop out the meat mixture and form into patties. I made these into hearty-sized patties, so this recipe made about 6. Place the patties on a greased or foil-lined cookie sheet. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes. If you're unsure if they're done, cut down the middle of a patty to see if the meat is cooked.

4) Serve and enjoy! I enjoyed mine wrapped in lettuce, topped with caramelized onions (simply, chopped yellow onion sauteed in olive oil until soft), avocado, and ketchup (yup, kept it classic). You could also serve this turkey burger traditionally in a bun, or with some pesto on top, or over some quinoa. They are very versatile and will spice up your seemingly mundane work week.


  1. I love the idea of adding sundried tomatoes! Looks quick and delicious. :)

    1. Yes, they add a nice surprise to the burger! Enjoy!

  2. That looks so good! I once pureed sun dried tomatoes and put in the middle of a turkey burger for a little surprise! Great addition.

  3. hahahaha...i love how you labeled this with "bus crush." i hope you create an entire category of recipes around him. actually, maybe that's a bad idea. but these look awesome, i'll try them!

    1. Yes, there will be great mention of bus crush. I'm convinced we are meant to be. He's the nicest.

  4. these were delicious. glad i was part of a post!!!!! xoxoxo ((L-squared 4 life))

  5. I made these tonight and we all LOVED them!!! I grilled instead of baked, and added goat cheese on top. DELICIOUS! Thank you for what's going to become a staple! XoX

  6. BTW I've made these several times now and absolutely love them!! Thanks Duggie!