Mention turkey burgers to most people, and they immediately turn up their nose. If you've ever bitten into a dry and tasteless turkey burger, I'm sure you feel the same way. Well now those bad memories are a thing of the past, because today I'm going to show you how to make them tender and juicy, and super tasty.
Recently I participated in a fun event called #CookoutWeek. A group of my fellow blogger friends and I shared some delicious recipes, of foods that are perfect for your summer BBQ's. A list of those recipes can be found HERE. I originally had six recipes planned, but unfortunately became ill, and was only able to post three. So this week I'll be sharing the other three recipes. First up, Grilled BBQ Turkey Burgers, and Grilled Pineapple Salsa.
Turkey burgers can be dry and tasteless if not made properly. But if you follow the easy steps in my recipe, I promise they will come out juicy and full of flavor. Just use a light hand while mixing the turkey mixture up, and don't over cook them, and you'll be rewarded with one of the best turkey burgers you've ever ate. They're juicy, full of flavor, and pair so well with the yummy grilled pineapple salsa, that has just a hint of smoky sweet heat.
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Grilled BBQ Turkey Burgers with Pineapple Salsa
GRILLED TURKEY BURGERS
1 pound ground dark meat turkey (Don't use ground white meat turkey)
2 green onions, diced
1 1/2 tablespoons Whimpy's BBQ Rub
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 fresh pineapple
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
2 green onions, chopped
2 - 3 tablespoons cilantro, chopped, or to taste
1 teaspoon Jamaican Me Hungry Seasoning
Juice of 1 lime
Sea salt to taste
Grilled Turkey Burgers
In a large mixing bowl, add the ground turkey, green onion, BBQ Rub, and salt.
Mix together with a clean hand, gently, and just until combined. Do not over-mix.
Shape meat mixture into 4 patties, then cover and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, to allow the flavors to mingle.
Grease grill rack and preheat on medium heat.
Place burgers on greased grill rack, over indirect heat.
Lightly grease the top of each burger, close lid, and cook for 8 minutes.
Flip burgers, then close lid and continue cooking for another 8 minutes, or until internal temperature of burger reaches 165 degrees F.
Remove from grill and serve.
Cook's notes: To ensure juicy and tender burgers, make sure to mix the ingredients until just blended. If you over handle the meat, the burgers will be dense and rubbery.
Don't overcook the burgers, or they will dry out. Cook them just until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F.
Grilled Pineapple Salsa
Lightly grease grill rack and preheat on medium heat.
Peel pineapple and cut into thick slices.
Place pineapple slices over direct heat, and cook until they have grill marks, and are just starting to soften. (About 3 minutes per side).
Remove from grill and allow to cool, then chop, making sure to remove the core from each slice.
Add chopped pineapple to a large bowl, along with red pepper, onion, cilantro, Jamaican Me Hungry Seasoning, salt, and lime juice.
Stir to combine, then cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to mingle.
Store leftovers covered in the fridge for up to 2 days.
Serve with turkey burgers on buns, as my husband eats them, or on a bed of greens as I eat them.
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*Disclosure: I received products to sample from Swine Dining. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.