The Best Turkey Burgers EVER

Make these tonight. Thank me tomorrow. 

You know that moment when you bite into a perfectly juicy burger and your eyes roll back in your head. In my burger fantasy it's summertime, and I'm savoring a juicy burger on a grilled bun with fresh tomato, arugula, and a little spicy mustard. I've got a cold beer and jar of homemade pickles, and I'm in heaven.

I'm about to share one of my most treasured recipes of all time. I make these on a weekly basis throughout the summer and they're the epitome of everything I love about cooking. They've super easy to assemble, you can make them in advance, and they're healthier than a traditional burger. Plus, they're the juiciest, most flavorful turkey burgers I've come across and anytime I make them for friends I get asked for the recipe. 

Perfect Turkey Burgers (based on this recipe from the Food Network)

  • 1 lb of ground turkey
  • 1 portobello mushroom cap
  • 1/2 small onion
  • 3 Tbsp fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tsp salt 
  • Pepper to taste

1. Scrape the gills and stem out of the mushroom cap with a spoon and discard them.

2. Roughly chop up the mushroom and onion and then pulse them in a food processor or blender until they're minced into the smallest of pieces. 

3. Use your hands to blend the mushroom/onion mixture with the ground turkey, chopped parsley, olive oil, Worcestershire Sauce, salt and pepper.

4. Once the mixture is well blended, separate it into four equal portions and form each portion into a burger patty.

5. Put your burger patties on a plate, cover with saran wrap, and refrigerate at least 30 minutes or longer.

You can even freeze the patties at this point and they'll keep for up to three months in the freezer. I usually double the recipe and keep half of the patties in a freezer bag after I've wrapped them in plastic wrap. They'll need to defrost for 24 hours when you're ready to cook them.

When you're ready to cook the burgers, you can do that on your outdoor grill by cooking them over medium heat for 8-10 minutes on the first side and 6-7 minutes on the second side (or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the patty registers 160 degrees).

Too cold to grill? You can also cook these in the oven! Pre-heat the oven to 375 and while it's heating, warm a large skillet on the stovetop over medium high. You're going to brown the patties on the stove before finishing them off in the oven. Brush the patties with olive oil and sear them for a minute or two on each side. When they're done browning, simply transfer them to a baking dish and bake for about five minutes (or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the patty registers 160 degrees).