Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Spicy Turkey Salsa Burgers

This recipe is quick and perfect for summer grilling.  The original recipe is adapted from epicurious.com.  I included some suggested ingredients, adjusted the amounts of a few ingredients and changed the cooking method.  Enjoy!

1 lb of ground turkey breast (I had mine ground by a butcher, but the Jennie-O stuff works fine)
1 cup mild salsa (I prefer Trader Joe's garden salsa)
1 cup finely chopped shallots (or 1/2 a yellow onion if that is what you have)
1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
1 Tbsp of Frank's Hot Sauce of Tabasco sauce (you can skip this if you are concerned about the spice)
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
4 leaves of romaine lettuce
4 deli flats or hamburger buns

1) Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.  Thoroughly mix together.
2) Form the mixture into four patties.
3) Place the burgers on a plate, cover with saran wrap and freezer for 30 minutes.  I find this helps the turkey stay together a bit better during the grilling process, but if time is an issue, this step can be skipped.
4) Heat grill to high, and cook burgers until heated thoroughly.  Should be about 7-9 minutes. You can also cook the burgers on a George Foreman or on the stove top (make sure to add a bit of oil to the pan so the burgers don't stick). 
5) Serve on a deli flat or hamburger bun with lettuce and any extra salsa.

-I did not add cheese, but pepper jack or cheddar might be a nice addition right before they come off the grill. 
-If you like spice, try a spicier salsa or increase the amount of hot sauce. 
-The salsa I used had a lot of liquid.  If this is the case with the salsa you use, try to drain some of the liquid off before adding.  If you have too much liquid the turkey burger won't hold together well. 

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