Happy hump daaay! is it happy for you? It’s *getting there* for me. I’m behind this morning… like always. Not that I haven’t moved or done anything because I have. I’ve been doing things since 7:30am. Things like laundry, making Mark’s lunch and coffee, driving the 35 minutes to my mom’s house to work from there today, making breakfast, sipping coffee and taking care of admin things that no blogger really likes to do. I’m just behind in post writing which is basically the story of my life.
At least I get it out eventually, though, right?
So turkey burgers. I have a mixed relationship with them. I’ve had really great turkey burgers in restaurants and I’ve also had really terrible, dry turkey burgers. It’s for that reason that I generally don’t order them. Frankly, I’m more of a beef/bison burger kinda gal and save the turkey eating for Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter.
BUT this thing happened to me a little while ago.
I started hating pork. Like really hating it. Except for bacon.. because bacon. But I seriously cannot stand the smell of pork sausages or any kind of pork aside from bacon. I don’t know why it happened… I’ve always been a pork lover. But I just cannot deal with it anymore. So I had started buying turkey sausages at the market instead and truly just grew to love them. A lot.
Then on a whim last week when my turkey people were out of sausages, I bought some dark ground turkey and decided to whip up some turkey burgers. Some healthy basil and goat cheese turkey burgers.
GUYS. They turned out SO GOOD. Mark and I LOVED them so much that I’ll pretty much be making them for the rest of bbq season. We just ate our last two last night and I’m already excited to get to the market tomorrow to get more ground turkey to make some more.
They couldn’t have been easier: just mix up some garlic and onion powder, worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, bread crumbs, plenty of fresh basil, dark ground turkey and skyr or greek yogurt. YES yogurt in turkey burgers. It helped keep them moist and wonderful! Then just form them in to patties and grill! These hold up perfectly on the bbq and can also be cooked in a pan or in the oven… so if you’re lacking in the bbq department like we were the last few years, you can still enjoy these healthy basil and goat cheese turkey burgers.
One of the key players in these burgers is red pepper jelly. I’m sure you’ve all had it paired with brie but red pepper jelly goes so good with goat cheese AND mozzarella if you’re not in to goat cheese. Mark isn’t a fan of goat cheese so I put either mozzarella or havarti on his along with the pepper jelly and he loved it. You could also go the brie route OR OR OR straight up cream cheese. YES cream cheese and red pepper jelly is also wonderful.
I remember thinking it was funny when a friend of ours served us literally a brick of cream cheese with red pepper jelly, but I went to eat it anyway because A. there had been wine drinking and B. I have no shame in eating straight up cream cheese. It was super delicious and I don’t know why I was surprised. Creamy deliciousness with sweet jelly? It’s a taste bud’s dream.
So are these healthy basil and goat cheese turkey burgers.
Make them asap, double the recipe and have burgers for dayssss. You won’t be sorry.
Cheers guys! See you back hereon Friday for the easiest summer veggie curry. It’s vegan (but you wouldn’t know or miss the dairy)
- 1 pound dark ground turkey
- 1 tsp each salt, garlic powder, onion powder
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- 1 TBSP worcestershire sauce
- ⅓ C bread crumbs (I used stale sourdough bread)
- ⅓ C skyr or greek yogurt, plain
- ¾ C loosely packed chopped fresh basil
- 4 burger buns
- goat cheese, mozzarella or your favorite creamy cheese
- red pepper jelly
- Combine all ingredients for the burgers (first ingredients through til the basil) gently. Form in to 4 patties.
- Grill over medium-high heat on the bbq for about 15 minutes, flipping once, or until cooked completely through. After the first flip, add the cheese to melt.
- Assemble burgers on the bun with plenty of red pepper jelly and lettuce. grill and butter your buns if you're in to that. We're in to that. Enjoy!
Inspired by Philia’s turkey burgers