Monday, March 1, 2010

Turkey Burgers with Homemade Buns

A few summers ago, I spent the Fourth of July in Hawaii, visiting my friend Leah. I remember eating these wonderful grilled burgers, at a family BBQ, that tasted like they were marinated in soy sauce. (Truth be told, I think these were frozen patties from Costco, but something about them was just so delicious. Oh yeah, it could have also been the fact that I was in Hawaii.)

It's hard for me to attempt to make a beef burger when In-n-out is just a short drive away, but what about a turkey burger?? And it's made with soy sauce! (The key ingredient.)

Turkey Burger Patties

1 to 1-1/2 lbs ground turkey
1 (1 oz.) package dry onion soup mix
1/2 teaspoon black ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (or garlic salt)
1 1/2 Tablespoons soy sauce
1 egg, lightly beaten
6 hamburger buns split (see accompanying recipe)

In a large bowl, mix the ground turkey with the dry onion soup mix, ground pepper, garlic salt, soy sauce, and egg. Refrigerate the mixture about 10 minutes, and form into six patties.

Pre-heat the grill to medium-high heat.

Lightly oil the grill. Place the patties on the grill and cook for 20 minutes, turning once, or until well done. The middle of the burgers will look whitish in color when cooked through.

Serve on buns with dijon mustard, lettuce, tomato and a pinch of salt and pepper.

*recipe from Kym 22 via

Homemade Burger Buns

2 Tablespoons (or two packets) active-dry yeast
1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons warm water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon salt
3 to 3-1/2 cups flour

In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir in oil and sugar. Let stand for five minutes. Add the egg, salt, and enough flour to form a soft dough.

Turn onto a floured surface and knead the dough until smooth and elastic, about 3-5 minutes. (Or use a kneading hook on an electric mixer.) Do not let rise. Divide dough in half and save one half for rolls or pizza dough later on. Take the remaining half and shape into six equal balls. Place three inches apart on a greased baking sheet.

Cover and let rest for 10-15 minutes. Bake at 425 degrees for 8-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan and cool.

*recipe via Taste of Home

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