Turkey burgers make easy summer meal


July 23, 2008|By Carol Mighton Haddix | Carol Mighton Haddix,Chicago Tribune

Burgers become an easy choice for weeknight dining, especially in the summer, when the grill can be stoked up. Turkey burgers are a good variation to get you out of the beef-patty rut. One way to keep the turkey moist is to add a bit of milk or cream and only lightly mix them together. Over-handling the meat can mean tough burgers.

One of my favorite burger toppings is caramelized onions. Here I've speeded up that cooking time by first stir-frying the onions in a skillet, then slow-cooking them for about 15 minutes. Adding a favorite barbecue sauce at the end gives the onions a sweet-smoky tang.

Don't like turkey? Try ground pork or a mixture of beef and pork.


Makes 4 servings // Total time: 45 minutes

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 Spanish onions, halved, sliced thinly

2 tablespoons prepared barbecue sauce

1 1/4 pounds ground turkey (not lean)

1/4 cup each: milk, chopped flat-leaf parsley

1 teaspoon smoked Spanish paprika or regular paprika

1/4 teaspoon each: salt, freshly ground pepper

4 sesame-seed buns

Heat olive oil in a large, heavy skillet over high heat. Add onions; stir-fry onions 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, stirring often, until soft and starting to caramelize, about 15 minutes. Stir in barbecue sauce; cook 1 minute. Remove from heat. Cover; keep warm.

Meanwhile, prepare a grill or grill pan for medium-high heat. Lightly mix turkey, milk, parsley, paprika, salt and pepper in a large bowl; form into 4 patties. Grill until just cooked through, turning once, about 8 minutes. Place on bun bottoms; top each with onions and top buns.

Per serving: 433 calories, 19 grams fat, 5 grams saturated fat, 104 milligrams cholesterol, 32 grams carbohydrate, 33 grams protein, 568 milligrams sodium, 3 grams fiber

Carol Mighton Haddix writes for the Chicago Tribune, which provided the recipe analysis.

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