Whole Living (June 2012)
The June issue of Whole Living has a killer turkey burger on the cover. Fat and juicy, and topped with avocado and peppers, it just looks amazing. We don't typically cook turkey burgers. In fact, burgers are an infrequent meal at our house, and when we do make them, we almost always use beef.
The Whole Living feature with this dish has a few other tasty-sounding grilling ideas, including some gorgeous kebabs and a Berry Hobo Pack we really want to try.
But we kept coming back to the turkey burgers. With their unique mix of mustard, Parmesan, arugula, Peppadew peppers and avocado, they sounded like the kind of burger we could get behind.
The recipe here couldn't be much simpler. Once you have all your ingredients prepped, it's just a matter of mixing the ground turkey with mustard and onion, and then grilling the patties for about 10 minutes. The rest is just assembly.
The mix of flavors is dynamite. It tastes light and healthy, since it uses ground turkey, but the avocado and Parm give it a lot of flavor. Our favorite topping was the Peppadews, which are sweet and piquant. They really add a terrific punch to these burgers.
One thing we couldn't taste, interestingly, was the mustard. As a "glue" for the patties, it worked great. But we found ourselves adding more mustard as a topping on the burgers. One other note: The recipe doesn't call for this, but we took a cue from Whole Living's photo and mashed up half of the avocado and spread it on the bun. The slices were nice, but the mashed avocado made a great base condiment.
If we were going to change anything about these burgers, we would have been more careful with our cook time. We left ours on the grill slightly too long, which made for a dryer turkey burger than we would have liked. Other than that, we love this take on turkey burgers.
If you want an even healthier spin on these burgers, ditch the buns, double (or triple) the arugula, and serve everything in a bowl, like a salad. It's delicious!
Note from Zach and Clay of The Bitten Word:
- Consider mashing half the avocado and spreading it on the buns.
- Watch your cook time here -- the burgers can become overcooked very quickly.
- We found Peppadew peppers with the pickles and other condiments at our supermarket, next to the sun-dried tomatoes. Ours were Peppadew brand.
1 pound ground turkey
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup minced red onion
1 teaspoon coarse salt
Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
4 whole-wheat buns, grilled
1 avocado, sliced
4-5 Peppadew peppers, sliced
1 cup baby arugula
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
In a bowl, combine turkey, Dijon, onion, and salt. Form mixture into four patties and chill 30 minutes.
Drizzle patties with oil and grill over medium-high heat until cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes per side.
Serve on buns with avocado, Peppadews, arugula, and Parmesan.