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Turkey Burgers
Jun 12th, 2006

Sunday dawned gray and overcast, but the clouds lifted before noon and we were treated to a sunny day with clear blue skies. We spent a few hours along the boardwalk at Alki Beach and made plans to grill some turkey burgers in the evening. The fickle Seattle weather turned on us however, and by 5:00 the wind had kicked up and ominously dark clouds were moving in. But by that time I had turkey burgers on the brain, so preparations were just moved inside and I plowed ahead.

Would you believe that neither of my children have ever eaten a burger? Well, actually that might be a lie, I think Ian ate one once at my parents house, but it was long ago and never repeated. This is certainly not due to any healthy eating edicts on our part, I've just never been able to get them to try one. But now that Jay is trying new things, I figured it might be time to introduce them to one of my favorite picnic treats, the turkey burger.

I subscribe to both Eating Well and Cooking Light magazines, and both featured good-looking turkey burger recipes in their most recent issues. I chose to first try the recipe from Cooking Light, which incorporates orange juice, ginger, and garlic and comes with its own 'special sauce'. It looked like it would make a moist and savory burger. I must admit however, that I chose to play it safe with the boys' burgers, and prepared those with only ground turkey, salt, and pepper. This was made easier by the fact that the recipe calls for a pound of ground turkey, and grocery store packages (around here anyway) include a pound and a quarter. So it was easy to form that extra quarter pound into plain burgers for the boys - if I weren't doing that though I would have just thrown in the whole package, I frankly don't think it would make much of a difference.

The move to cooking these on the stove was probably a good one. Although the recipe calls for grilling the burgers, they were a little sloppy and I'm not sure how well they would have held together on the grill. Those with superior burger grilling skills however should definitely give that option a try.

The burgers were delicious, and while Ian was cranky and not into eating his dinner, Jay slopped ketchup on his bun and proceeded to chow down, all the while making fairly disgusting grunts of enjoyment, which, while not shining examples of mealtime etiquette, were music to my ears.


Turkey Burgers with Special Sauce
makes four hefty sized burgers

1/4 cup chopped green onions
2 tbsp fresh orange juice
1 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
1 tsp finely chopped peeled fresh ginger
1 garlic clove, minced
1 pound ground turkey breast

Special Sauce
3/4 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
1 1/2 tbsp finely chopped green onions
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp fresh orange juice
1 tsp low-sodium soy sauce
1/2 tsp finely chopped peeled fresh ginger


Combine first 6 ingreidents in a large bowl. Divide turkey mixture into 4 equal portions, shaping each into a 3/4-inch-thick patty. Combine all the special sauce ingredients in a medium bowl and set aside.

Cook the burgers either on a grill or a nonstick skillet sprayed with a little cooking spray over medium heat, approximately 5 minutes on each side.

Serve with whole wheat buns, a tablespoon or two of sauce, some lettuce, and slices of onion, pickles, and/or cheese as desired.

-Cooking Light, June 2006
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