Turkey Burgers

A delicious alternative to beef. Grill them outdoors, broil them in a conventional oven, or pan-fry. Use your imagination and enjoy them!

1 Tbsp. butter
1 Tbsp. olive oil (I use extra virgin)
1 cup minced onion (or 1/2 cup onion and 1/2 cup diced scallions)
2 lbs. ground turkey breast
1 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
2 large eggs, beaten
2 Tbsp. your favorite ketchup
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper

Optionally add a dash or two of hot sauce, or cayenne pepper, or you can add almost any of the McCormick’s seasonings – they’ve got lots of them to choose from.

6 whole wheat buns (the whole wheat ones are so much tastier than the white)

Fresh tomato slices, herbed mayo, relish, etc., – whatever fixin’s you want, we like a nice slice of fresh goat cheese or mozzarella cheese.

Over med-high heat, melt the butter and oil. Add the onion and cook about 10 minutes – until tender. Remove the pan from the heat and put it into a large bowl; let it cool off about 15 minutes before you use your hands to mix everything. When it’s cooled down, add all the remaining ingredients up to the buns and mix well, but gently, with your hands. Divide into about 6 patties and grill till done.

Turkey Meatballs

Here is a more healthy version of meatballs than using ground beef. Although I’m with Julia Child in regards to everything in moderation, some folks prefer these over beef.┬áTherefore I am including my delicious version for my readers. Add these to spaghetti sauce and simmer for about 30 minutes, or just eat as is with a vegetable or two on the side.

1 lb. ground turkey
1 egg, beaten
3 Tbsp. grated pecorino Romano cheese
1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1 or 2 (your choice) tsp. minced garlic
Sprinkling of black pepper

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and take out a pan that’s about 11 x7 – spray with cooking spray.

In a medium sized bowl, lightly beat the egg then add everything except the meat and mix well. Add the turkey and mix well again then shape into meatballs about the size of walnuts and place in the pan. They will fit nice and tight and that’s okay. Cook for 30-40 minutes, cool.