This Quarter-Pound Turkey Burger is absolutely one of the best burgers that you will ever put in your mouth. While I use wild turkey meat, domestic turkey meat will substitute just fine. I prefer the depth of flavor that wild turkey provides. Turkeys in the wild have been flying, running, foraging for food and are quite active using thier muscles. This can caused the turkey to be tough, but if prepared correctly the tast is out of this world. Many people do not like the thighs of a wild turkey, but when ground and used in these turkey burgers, they are a real winner.
Served with chipotle sauce, these burgers are truly addictive. If you have leftovers (we never do), these patties are great for breakfast with fried eggs and grits. You can also freeze the patties.
QUARTER-POUND TURKEY BURGERS
Hint: These patties do not shrink much so you do not have to compensate with larger patties.
1 pound ground turkey thighs
1 pound ground pork
4 ounces ground thick-cut bacon,
1½ cups bread crumbs
¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup milk
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 tablespoon pepper
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon rosemary, chopped
1 tablespoon basil, chopped
1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Be careful not to overwork the turkey mixture.
2. Prepare ¼ pound balls and flatten to 3/4 inch thick patties.
3. Place patties on a griddle or grill on medium high heat. Cook 3 to 5 minutes on each side until cooked through and caramelized on each side. Serve on your favorite bun with your favorite toppings and condiments. In my opinion, Chipotle Dipping Sauce can’t be beat!