California Turkey Burgers

3 Apr

Is anyone else doing #photoadayapril ?

Basically you take a photo a day, following the theme for each day and then either post it on your Instagram, Facebook or both!

I was getting some heat from some other food bloggers so I decided to join in. Mr. Delish thinks it’s so silly. He actually thinks taking pictures with your phone of everyday things and posting them on Instagram is “vain” but whatever, no one asked him to participate! Ha.

I would love it if you would follow me on Instagram! You can find me under “missdelish” and of course check me out on Facebook!

Okay, now for the burgers. I am kind of a high maintenance burger eater. One thing that I can’t stand is a dry/flavorless burger. Beef burger patties are pretty much the only time I will ever use regular ground beef. I think you really need the fat to make a juicy and flavorful burger. However, when you are using turkey or chicken instead of beef, you need to add some fat into the meat or you will end up with a very dry and tasteless burger, and we don’t want that, do we?

Of course you can always go with the traditional egg which helps to add fat but also bind the meat together so the patties stay in tact. But what I like to do, is use…..MAYO. Yumm you know you’re gonna put it on your bun anyways, why not throw it into the burger meat too?

I have been playing around with this for a few years and I usually try to add some flavors into the mayo first, then that way you can use it as a spread for your bun as well as to add flavor to the meat. In this particular recipe, I made a garlic, rosemary and lemon mayo. This added lots of flavour and fat to the turkey meat and kept it nice and juicy! I topped them off with bacon, tomato and avocado, and of course more of the mayo. They turned out great and I will definitely make this version again and again.

Trust me, you need to try this.

California Turkey Burgers:
Serves 4


1 1/2 cup mayo
2 cloves minced garlic
1 tbsp finely chopped rosemary
Juice of half a lemon
1 lb ground dark meat turkey
4 of your favorite hamburger buns or bakery buns, sliced in half
4 tbsp softened butter
1/2 lb bacon, cooked and cooled
8 slices of tomato
1 avocado sliced

In a small bowl, mix together the mayo, minced garlic, finely chopped rosemary and lemon juice. Set aside.

In a large bowl, add the ground turkey and break up with your hands. Add a little more than half of the mayo and mix with your hands until thoroughly combined. Cover the remaining mayo and refrigerate until you’re ready to use it later.

Form the turkey meat into 4 patties and place on a plate lined with wax paper.

Heat up a grill pan or barbeque and grill the burgers for about 5-6 minutes on each side until nice and browned on the outside and the juices run clear. Set the burgers on a plate and cover with foil to rest.

Butter each bun with about 1 tbsp of the softened butter and toast them on the grill until nice and golden brown.

Spread some of the remaining mayo on each toasted bun and then top with the burger patty, a couple of slices of bacon, tomato and avocado. Season with salt and pepper if desired.

Now try get this gigant-or burger in your face!

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