Garlic and Ranch Turkey Burgers
I have been wanting to make something with ground turkey for a while now because it is not only rather healthy, but one recipe can be used for multiple meals like dinner with leftovers for bento box lunches.
Tonight I tried out a recipe from AllRecipes.com for Garlic and Ranch Turkey Burgers. It sounded flavorful enough without being overpowering. The result? Flavorful, juicy burgers without one flavor dominating. I didn’t use a bun for my burger, but paired it with a spinach salad with strawberries, mandarin oranges, tomatoes, cucumbers, and avocado. (The salad could have used feta crumbles or something similar, but it was a VERY good pairing with this protein.)
Below is the recipe from the site, my notes afterward.
1 pound ground turkey
1 (1 ounce) package ranch dressing mix
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
seasoned salt and pepper to taste
Recommendation: Add 1/4 c or more of plain bread crumbs
- Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat, and lightly oil the grate.
- Knead together the turkey, ranch mix, egg, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, seasoned salt, and pepper in a bowl until evenly combined; divide into 4 equal portions and form into patties.
- Cook on the preheated grill about 5 minutes per side for well done. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).
Maybe it was the turkey I got (85/15), but this was a very “wet” recipe. There were comments posted to the original recipe that people added 1/4 cup of bread crumbs. I think I added somewhere closer to 3/4 cup to 1 cup of bread crumbs so the meat would actually hold together as a patty.
I made these on a Foreman Grill since I live in an apartment. Even with the added breadcrumbs, the lid from the Foreman grill smushed them down to about 1/4″-1/2″ thick. I also used a Sliders maker for the mini-burgers, but those actually have space to form the patties so they don’t smush.
The benefit to doing a recipe like this is that the recipe makes 4 burgers. Well, I made 2 burgers for dinner, then a bunch (20) of mini-burgers for the bento stash.
Ktok put his burger on a bun complete with ketchup, mayo, and fat-free cheese and said it was excellent. I’m sure if we had it on hand he would have loved slices of tomato, onion, and lettuce too.