Dinner Tonight: Turkey Burgers

Raise your hand if you’ve given up on turkey burgers?
Because you need to cook the meat all the way through it’s very hard to get the inside done before the outside is burned up, right? And forget grilling them on the barbecue, they’ll fall apart when you turn them.
Yeah me too. Until I had a small eureka moment. Sear the outside then bake until done!

1 lb. lean ground turkey
1 cup plain bread crumbs
2 eggs Or 3 egg whites
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Mix all ingredients until well incorporated. Refrigerate mixture for at least 30 minutes

At this point if you want to opt for a little more flavor by adding herbs, finely grated onion, or cheese go for it. I thought we would keep it simple this time around.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Form the turkey mixture into 4 large or 6 small patties.
Heat a griddle or large non stick saute pan on medium high. Spray with cooking spray.
Cook the turkey burgers for about 2-3 minutes on a side. Remember you want to just get a little color the main portion of the cooking time will happen in the oven.

Move the burgers onto a sheet pan, cover with foil and place in the oven for about 10 minutes,
or until you get a reading of 165 degrees on a digital thermometer inserted in the middle of the burger.

Rest the meat for at least 5 or so minutes before serving to allow all the juices to re-absorb.
This is the rule I follow for all protein. The larger the piece of meat the longer the resting time.

Serve on a toasted bun with your choice of fixings.

Ahhh, much better right?

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