Green Goddess Turkey Burgers

August 21, 2015

Green Goddess Turkey Burgers
I’ll say it before you do. Turkey burgers can be pretty blah.
Sure, they’re lower in fat and calories compared to the traditional ground beef burger; but it takes just one bite of a lifeless and dry turkey burger to make you miss the beef counterpart so very much.
I’ve been there many times — more than I’d like to admit.
But when turkey burgers are spiced excellently and tender and juicy, they’re awesome in their own right.
Add zucchini or apple to ground turkey and you’ve got something really good going on. So good you ever wondered why you doubted turkey burgers in the first place.
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The recipe hails from Food and Wine Magazine. I went on and on about my love for this magazine, and it hasn’t abated. I don’t think it ever will.
In fact, now I even get a weekly dose to make my dinner feel inadequate swoon over.
I spotted these Green Goddess Turkey Burgers in the latest July issue, also known as the Chef Issue — the equivalent of Vogue September issue in the food world.
It took me way too long to make them.
I mean, grilling season is far from over, but it’s better not to linger. It's hard to barbecue when there've been 2 feet of snow and ice covering your BBQ for several weeks.
Green Goddess Turkey Burgers
The curious thing about this recipe is that it uses mayonnaise in the mixture.
Never in my life I would have thought of using mayonnaise inside a burger mixture. I guess that there’s a first time for everything.
The thing about mayonnaise is that it can show up anywhere.
Here it is cementing your sandwich together. There it is thinned into dressing, drizzled over your salad. You dunk fries in it, you mix it with Sriracha to have the best sauce ever known to mankind.
But mixed with ground meat? That’s a first. At least to me it is.
Green Goddess Turkey Burgers
Turns out mayo mixed with ground turkey makes for some very moist and juicy burgers.
Add a bunch of green stuff and you’ve got some delicious Green Goddess Turkey Burgers.
An easy peasy turkey burger recipe for you to try!
Green Goddess Turkey Burgers
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Barely adapted from Food and Wine Magazine

Ingredients
Serves 4

1 ½ lbs / 680 gr ground turkey
⅓ cup finely chopped basil
⅓ cup finely chopped scallions
⅓ cup finely chopped parsley
1 tablespoon minced anchovy
4 tablespoons mayonnaise (make you own paleo mayonnaise with this recipe)
1 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions

In a large bowl gently stir the burger ingredients, using a fork.
Divide mixture into four and with dampened hands shape into patties, firmly pressing the mixture. Transfer to a plate.
To form patties that cook evenly, use 2 plastic lids from 1-quart takeout containers and press down one fourth of the turkey mixture to flatten.
Heat a grill or a grill pan to medium-high (if you’re using an outdoor grill lightly oil the grill grates). Grill the burgers, turning once, until cooked through, about 10 to 12 minutes.
Serve with your favorite toppings.

Nutrition facts

One burger yields 350 calories, 24 grams of fat, 3 grams of carbs, and 31 grams of protein.

29 comments:

  1. Indeed, I love poultry burgers (if eating them once in a year could be considered love). But you're right that they could easily dry out. I don't have any concerns about these bad guys, though. And I do love the herbs and anchovy - great addition. Stop, I've got concerns, I think. Send me a few ASAP, please. I need to try them and approve.

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    1. You can't really taste the anchovies, they just pump up the umami without detracting from the flavor!

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  2. These look delicious!

    xoxoBella | http://xoxobella.com

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  3. These look fantastics Mike, absolutely fantastic.
    Have a great WE my friend!

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  4. Mayo in turkey burgers is a first for me too!!! And, so is minced anchovy in turkey burgers! I am intrigued indeed! I saw these on IG earlier today and they sure do look so moist and tender and AWESMAZING!!!!
    Hope your weekend in awesmazing as well, my friend!

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    1. Are we having an AWESMAZING situation? I wonder...

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  5. Yum! These look so moist and not at allll dry :)

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  6. GIMMIE! I just got some of that avocado mayo in the mail, so THIS CAN TOTALLY HAPPEN! Shaaaaabam!

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    1. Make it happen. RIGHT.NOW. It's an order!

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  7. Yum yum! I've been off of red meat for about six months, so these are right up my alley right now!...now if I can just get the hubby to clean the grill! :-)

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    1. Wait, he doesn't clean the grill? What kind of husband is he? ;)

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  8. Great recipe, Mike! I noticed that one in the Food and Wine magazine, which is also a favorite publication of mine....

    the other day I made a turkey burger with cooked eggplant in the mix, and it turned out so good, but I did not take a picture, will have to re=visit it...

    speaking of blogging, I got your apricot compote featured on my blog, if you have a chance and would like to see it, stop by... ;-)

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    1. That eggplant turkey burger sounds like something I would really enjoy, please re-visit and hit that "publish" button asap pleeease!

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  9. I don't eat red meat, so I've suffered though many dry and dull turkey burgers. These sounds amazing! Love the idea and the flavors from the herbs.

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    1. Dry and dull turkey burgers...is there anything worse?

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  10. These are the best looking turkey burgers I have ever seen! Can't wait to try them. I have a feeling my family will love them too!

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    1. Awesome, if you try 'em please report back! :)

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  11. I tried to make turkey burgers once - total disaster LOL! I might have to try yours however as they look amazing!!
    New follower btw!
    Angela
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    1. Hey Ang, welcome to TIY and thank you for following :D
      I hope you'll give these bad boys a try, they're really something!

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  12. What an interesting idea to include mayo in the burger. I guess it makes sense if you think about it. I'm sure you've seen those 'mayo cakes' out there that rely on mayo for moisture. (Sounds pretty terrible to me...but that's just me.) I will actually go as far as to say that turkey burgers (when done right) can rival a good beef burger. And these look like they've been done right, Alpha. Well done! #WolfpackTurkey

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    1. Mayo cakes? Ugh...doesn't sound appealing at all

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  13. HI Mike, Food and Wine is one of my favorite's too! Somehow I missed these burgers, will go back and check them out, they look packed full of flavor, I bet they are delicious.

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  14. I really like turkey burgers, but I do hate how easily they can dry out! This has got to be the most flavor packed poultry burger I've seen, and the photos are awesome too!

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  15. These photos are so appetizing and I had to share and Pin. Great recipe here. It's true that turkey needs help in the flavor department, which really means it adapts well with so many spices! I'm liking the anchovy addition and the mayo would definitely keep these moist on the grill. Beauties #WolfpackGriller

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  16. Have you made these burger with beef instead of turkey ? I'll report back tomorrow because that's my plan :)

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