All right, we all know we should try to be a little more healthy with some of our food choices. Eat more fruits & veggies, cut down on the processed white stuff (bread, rice, sugar etc) or processed food in general, forget the stop at the drive-through for a quick fix, you know the lecture. Well, I`m trying & for the most part & doing a fairly reasonable job.
I do however admit to one downfall, I love burgers! Fat, juicy, 4 napkins needed, not so lean, meaty, beefy goodness. I`ll pass on the ketchup, mustard & mayo but do like a nice slice of tomato, onion & some form of pickle. I`ve been trying for what seems an eternity to find a suitable stand in but to no avail…. UNTIL NOW!! And I`ve got to say I was kind of blown away! Of all things it was the transformation of a turkey burger with the addition of one off the wall ingredient. So good they might permanently take the place of my beloved beef burger. Seriously, not kidding & I still can`t believe how AMAZING they turned out. This simple man`s plan to healthier eating today is bringing you Turkey Burgers You Actually Want to Eat. Let`s face it, ground turkey is a great low fat alternative in ton`s of dishes calling for ground beef but burgers, not so much. My experience has been that typically (sorry for this) they just suck. So dry you`d better have a drink with every bite or you`ll probably choke, so bland you might as well be eating a cardboard patty, definitely not my idea of a good time.
That being said we need two major fixes, moisture & flavor. Let`s address the moisture issue first. Of course you can always add fat of some sort but that kind of defeats the purpose of the whole turkey thing. The solution, as strange as it may sound came in the form of roasted eggplant. Not your typical burger ingredient but all I can say is wow! It didn`t change the texture but added exponentially to the succulent factor. Additionally I think it actually enhanced the ¨meaty¨ factor/flavor but guess what, you would NEVER know it was there if no one told you. (Bonus, you get to sneak in some veggies & no one will be the wiser.) Next there`s a definite need to up the flavor factor. You could do this any number of ways but I chose a few easy ingredients which also contributed to the moisture content. My selections were Soy sauce, garlic, onion, black pepper & anchovy paste. A quick note but both soy & anchovies are high on the ¨unami ¨scale. Don`t let the anchovies scare you. There`s no fishy taste to the burgers but they add a great depth of flavor.
Now that I`ve rambled for while let`s get these Turkey Burgers You Actually Want to Eat started. You`re gonna love them.
Here`s what you`ll need to make Turkey Burgers You Actually Want to Eat:
Ground Turkey – 1 lb
Eggplant – 1 small-medium size roasted. You want about 6oz to add to the turkey.
Garlic – 1-2 cloves minced.
Onion – 1/2 cup finely chopped.
Soy Sauce – 1-2 Tablespoons
Anchovies – 1-2 filets or 1/2 Tablespoon of anchovy paste.
Black pepper – 1 teaspoon. freshly ground.The leading players.Start with the eggplant. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Wrap the eggplant in foil & roast about 30 minutes or until nice & soft.
Finely chop the onion & mince the garlic.
Split the roasted eggplant lengthwise & scoop out the meat leaving the skins.Add the eggplant, onion, garlic, anchovies, soy sauce & black pepper to a food processor.Give it a spin & process for a few seconds. You want some texture so don`t turn it into a puree. In a mixing bowl add the ground turkey & eggplant mixture.Mix until thoroughly combined. Shape into patties of your liking.Heat a splash of olive or coconut oil in a large skillet over a medium high flame. When hot add the turkey patties & cook to an internal temperature of 160 degrees is reached.Serve your Turkey Burgers You Actually Want to Eat immediately with whatever garnishes or toppings make you happy. You need to give these a go! So moist & full of that flavor you`re looking for in a burger without the guilt!