Homemade Turkey Burgers


I have made these turkey burgers many times, but none have been as eventful as tonight’s preparation. I was looking forward to these burgers because they are healthy (even more so without the bun) and quick to make; as I was gathering all my ingredients I realized that I finished the last of my eggs this morning…. of course I had nothing else thawed to cook, so off to the grocery store I went. After grabbing my eggs and 15 other things I probably didn’t need, I was ready to start prepping my burgers. Before I started making the meat mixture, I went out and turned on the grill. The igniter on our grill doesn’t work anymore, therefore I have to stick a torch lighter in between the grates to start it every time. Mind you, I grill several nights a week and have never had an issue with this method of grill igniting. Well this time as I was clicking the lighter to spark a flame, WOOOSH! I had accidentally turned on all of the burners at once and the flame that came out of that grill was the biggest I’ve ever seen!!! I Instantly felt a burning sting sensation on my hand and immediately after I felt my face to make sure my eye browns were still there….they were, but boy was that scary. I burnt my hand pretty good and burnt all the hair off my right arm, which by the way is the worst smelling thing you could imagine. Its a cross between extremely burnt chicken and dying flesh {lol}, not pleasant. In any case, I am fine, but nothing I do can just be normal, I am the biggest klutz and Murphy’s Law totally applies to my life. Hopefully you have better luck lighting the grill for these tasty burgers.


1lb ground turkey (I used Colman humanely raised lean turkey breast found at Shoprite)

1 large egg

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon meat tenderizer

1 teaspoon adobo

1 teaspoon parsley (dry or chopped fresh)

Pinch of salt

Cracked pepper to taste

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (not enough to be spicy, just for flavor)

1/4 cup unseasoned bread crumbs

1/2 fresh avacado

Sriracha sauce

4 slices of your favorite cheese (I used a sliced pepper jack cheese)

4 hamburger buns if desired


Serving size = 4 burgers

Start the grill to get it preheated to medium heat. In a large bowl, combine ground turkey, egg, garlic powder, meat tenderizer, adobo, parsley, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper, mix well. Form burgers to about palm size and 1 1/2 inches thick, keep in mind they will shrink a bit when cooked. Lightly coat grill grates with vegetable cooking spray and add burgers to the grill. Cook on each side about 5-7 minutes, turning only once. With about a minute left, top each burger with your favorite cheese and allow to melt. Top with fresh sliced avocado and sriracha sauce.


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