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Spicy Turkey Burgers

Being from cow country, I happily admit that I have frequent urges for burgers and steaks. I often forget how great it is to make burgers at home, since they tend to be bar/diner/pub food. Making a burger yourself allows you to make it just the way you like it – “Have it Your Way” takes on an entirely different meaning. Best of all, they are super simple.

But as much as I love red meat, burgers can be delicious when made with other ground meats – bison, chicken, turkey, lamb. This burger is a spicy turkey burger, so it’s very lean, healthy, and inexpensive to make. Three words that I live by. 

Spicy Turkey Burger

Served 4.
Leftover Potential: Patties can be made and frozen and whipped out whenever needed – so buy the family pack of ground meat and go to town and save them as need be. It sure beats a Boca Burger.

1/2 onion, finely diced
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1 lb ground turkey
1 tsp cayenne pepper
salt, as needed
pepper, as needed
1 egg
3/4 cup bread crumbs
1 Tbsp oil
pepperjack cheese, as needed
buns, as needed
garnishes, such as condiments, red onion, lettuce, and tomato, as needed

1. Mix the onions, garlic, and turkey together thoroughly. Season with cayenne, salt, and pepper.
2. Lightly beat the egg and add to the turkey mixture. Add bread crumbs until the mixture becomes drier and firmer in texture.
3. Form patties into desired thickness and shape. Freeze any leftovers wrapped tightly in plastic wrap.
4. Heat the oil in a large pan, and cook the burgers over medium high heat until browned on both sides, and warmed through.
5. Top each burger with a slice of pepperjack cheese, if desired, and allow to melt slightly before removing the burgers from the heat.
6. Serve in buns with desired garnishes. Take a big bite!!


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