the best turkey burger!
I love burgers! I don't know what it is about them but they just seem to call out to me at odd times and once that happens, nothing else will fulfill that particular craving. It's the same with tacos for me - you literally could eat them every day in different ways and it never ever gets old!
So burgers. There are soooo many different ways to make them and I seriously love them all. When I was vegan, I would make them in all sorts of vegetarian ways from homemade mushroom ones, black bean, chickpea and even quinoa burgers. The amount of flavor that you can pack into a patty is just half the fun of coming up with all the different variations. I even grew this odd love affair with the Beyond Burgers - because if you haven't had them yet, you really have to. They are beyond good (haha) and I still eat them to this day even after introducing meat back into my life. Meatless days are good and these are just that - impossibly good and doesn't make you feel like you have to work out for half the day to compensate!
Now yes, I have had a traditional burger with a good beef blend and it's always a treat. Beefy and juicy and super flavorful. In my opinion, the best beef burger patties are not touched much - you simply get the right blend of meat and fat and shape them into patties, season them up and grill them. Generally don't handle it too much, cook it to the perfect temperature, and you will get a yummy, tender, delicious burger.
I know a lot of people who turn their nose up at turkey burgers and I don't get it. I mean, I get it - they can easily become dry and flavorless if you don't put some love into their preparation. Turkey in general doesn't have much fat in it so if you don't add some back in, they will become dry. Same with flavor - in general, it doesn't have much flavor to it but that is also one of the beautiful things about it too. It's a great vehicle to use to flavor it in so many ways!
I have this one particular friend - he is a bit of a food snob which is why I love him so much. He had some serious turkey burger misgivings and it's been a long road. He has since joined the movement and loves the ones that I make now. This is my go-to turkey burger recipe because it is super easy to make, you can freeze them beautifully, and now....(drum roll please!) you can cook them up super quick in the air fryer!!! In fact, I used the air fryer to make sweet potato fries and air fried bacon and shishito peppers with my turkey patties for a full meal. I even toasted up my hamburger buns in it. This machine really can do it all!
How yum does that look?? A full meal in less than 30 minutes plus I have extra turkey patties in my freezer for a super quick meal the next time I don't feel like making an elaborate meal!
Here's the recipe. Just give it a try and then play with flavors and toppings and get as creative as you want!
Classic Turkey Burgers
1lb ground turkey
2 Tbsp onion, chopped finely
2 tsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp jalapeno, chopped finely
1 Tbsp mayonnaise (secret ingredient - it adds fat from the oil and egg for binding without making the turkey mix too liquidy...I don't like adding breadcrumbs to my mix if I don't need to)
2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese, ground
1 Tbsp garlic, minced
salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
Put all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
Mix throughly with a fork. Using the fork, divide the filling into 4 parts.
On a piece of plastic wrap, scoop up a forth of the filling and form into patties. Repeat with the remaining mixture. You can freeze the patties at this point but do put them in the freezer for about 10 minutes to let them firm up before air frying.
Meanwhile, preheat your air fryer at 400F for 5 minutes. During the last 2 minutes of preheating time, add your hamburger buns to the basket to toast them up.
Once pre-heated, add your turkey patties to the basket making sure that they don't touch. I made 2 this time so I had room to add pieces of bacon as a topping to my turkey burgers. Cook the turkey at 400F for 10 minutes. Flip patties carefully at the halfway mark and remove the bacon then as well.
Once turkey burgers are done cooking, let the patties rest for a few minutes in the basket. You can add cheese to melt on top at this time with the drawer closed - it will melt nicely.
Stack your turkey burger up with all the goodies you want and enjoy!
To make a meal of this, while the patties are firming up in the freezer, you can cut up a sweet potato, spray them with some avocado oil, add some salt, pepper and garlic salt, and cook in the air fryer at 400F for 8 minutes (may need to increase the time depending on how thick you cut the fries). Voila!
Super juicy and flavorful! A great recipe for your arsenal and kid approved - at least my nephews think so and they are super picky!