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The Pollan Family Table Recipe: Perfect Juicy Turkey Burgers

JuicyTurkeyBurgers400These savory turkey burgers are a must-have for a weeknight family meal or your Super Bowl party. From The Pollan Family Table.

Ground turkey (2 pounds, preferably dark meat)
Italian (flat-leaf) parsley (1 small bunch)
Red onion (1 small)
Garlic (1 clove)
Unsalted butter (2 tablespoons)
Parmesan cheese (1 ounce)
Swiss, cheddar, or jalapeño Jack cheese (6 slices; optional)
Hamburger buns (6, preferably whole-grain)

Extra virgin olive oil (4 teaspoons plus extra for coating hands)
Dijon mustard (1½ teaspoons)
Ketchup (1 teaspoon)
Kosher salt
Black pepper

This turkey burger is always a hit and a great alternative for those who don’t eat red meat. The savory mix of seasonings and the pat of butter in the center of these patties give them all the juice and flavor of a traditional beef burger.

Perfect Juicy Turkey Burgers

6 servings

2 pounds ground turkey (preferably dark meat)
4 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil plus extra for coating hands
1 tablespoon finely grated red onion
1½ teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon finely chopped Italian (flat-leaf) parsley
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon ketchup
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into 6 pieces
6 slices Swiss, cheddar, or jalapeño Jack cheese (optional)
6 hamburger buns (preferably whole-grain)
Your favorite burger toppings for serving

Place the turkey in a large mixing bowl. Add 1 teaspoon of the oil, the onion, mustard, parsley, garlic, ketchup, ½ teaspoon of salt, and ½ teaspoon of pepper and mix well.

Put the Parmesan cheese in a small dish. One at a time, dip the butter pieces into the Parmesan, making sure to coat all sides.

Oil your hands and form the turkey into 6 patties. Make an indentation in the center of each patty and press a piece of butter into it. Mold the meat gently over the butter to completely enclose it in the turkey.

Heat a large grill pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil to lightly coat the bottom of the pan. When the oil is hot, arrange the patties in the pan and cook until the meat is brown, about 5 minutes. Flip the burgers and place a slice of cheese on top, if desired. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes more, until cooked through. Place the burgers on the buns and serve with your favorite toppings.


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