Thanksgiving-Style Turkey Burgers

March 19, 2010 § 13 Comments

After a wonderful long walk in the last hours of sunshine, Daniel and I dined on burgers and fries. I decided to make them Thanksgiving-style with ground turkey for a fun twist. Who doesn’t love the flavor combination created from herb stuffing, turkey, and whole berry cranberry sauce? I added minced carrots, celery, and onion to the turkey burgers along with poultry seasoning, so they were both moist and full of flavor. The stuffing was simply prepared from an organic dry mix I found at my local market. Don’t feel the need to make the whole bag or box, just measure out the amount you’ll need for your dinner and then seal the remaining stuffing tightly in a small baggie or airtight container. No, it doesn’t taste quite as good as the real deal made for your Thanksgiving feast, but it does do the trick for a wonderfully inspired burger! Oh, and adding a smear of light mayonnaise is recommended for optimal taste satisfaction!

The cranberry sauce is just a small batch of my favorite whole berry recipe. Adding orange zest to the boiling berries adds such a delightful brightness to the sauce. I like to make a small pot of it from time to time and use it on plain grilled chicken, salads, on top of yogurt, on top of anything really. It’s delicious and versatile!

Here’s the burger creation process:

To make 2 turkey burgers:

  • 8 oz ground turkey breast
  • 2 TBSP minced celery
  • 1 TBSP minced onion
  • 2 TBSP grated carrot
  • 2 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 2 tsp minced fresh parsley
  • pinch salt and pepper

Mix all ingredients with your hands in a small bowl and form into two patties. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes.

To make a quick, small batch of stuffing: In a medium bowl, pour the amount of dry stuffing that you’ll need for your recipe. I use 1/2 cup dry stuffing mix for 2 burger servings.

Pour boiling water on top- you want to use half the amount of water to the amount of stuffing used. Since I use 1/2 cup dry stuffing, I add 1/4 cup boiling water.

Cover with a plate and let the mixture soak up all the water for about 3 minutes. Fluff with a fork to serve.

For a small batch of cranberry sauce, bring 1/2 cup water and 3-4 TBSP sugar (depending on how tart or sweet you like it) to a boil. Stir to dissolve sugar. (This makes about 1 cup of cranberry sauce)

Add 1 cup of cranberries plus an optional 2 tsp orange zest (I always have a bag of cranberries in my freezer) and let the mixture boil for about 10 minutes.

Turn off heat, stir, and let mixture cool. It will thicken as it comes to room temperature.

The finished product:

Now it’s time to relax and watch a movie! I hope you’re starting this weekend in your favorite way. See you tomorrow!

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