Let’s be honest. Turkey lacks flavor because it lacks fat. To make a good grilled turkey burger, you need to add in some flavor.
Here’s the good news. I discovered this summer that dried fruit is a great addition to turkey burgers and turkey meatloaf. Dried plums give ground turkey the something something that I think it needs to make a worthy turkey burger.
You don’t have to tell anyone what you did. They might be able to see the little pieces of spinach and dried fruit, but one bite and they will love them. Just don’t use more than one dried plum per 1/3 pound and don’t use canned or frozen spinach. It must be raw spinach; that’s my rule. Otherwise, you could create a strange texture and flavor not intended. I always add Worcestershire sauce to ground meat before I grill them. The salty kick and the sweetness of the dried fruit brings a nice balance to the meat.
Stick to this recipe and enjoy turkey burgers in a brand new way. Another piece of good news which is merely my own opinion is that this is not a burger that needs cheese. Top with an avocado or red onion jam or both, and enjoy the flavors and textures. I’ll be posting red onion jam soon.
- 1⅓ pound ground dark meat turkey
- 4 dried plums finely chopped (you can substitute with figs)
- 1 big handful of baby spinach, chopped finely
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- Mix ingredients together. Place burgers on high heat grill and turn to medium high. Cook 5 minutes on each side.