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Old 09-05-2006, 09:55 PM   #1
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Need some ideas for Turkey Burger

MarionW posted a wonderful sounding Cucumber Relish recipe that I thought would be amazing on a turkey burger.........I thought it'd go really well with a turkey burger on a fresh deli roll with some arugula and sliced tomatoes. I thought with the peppery arugula the cucumber relish would have a cooling effect.

So my thing is ..........if you were to make a turkey burger what would you put in the turkey mixture to blend well with the cucumber relish, arugula and tomatoes?

Here's MarionW's Recipe..........thanks for posting it Marion!

Cucumber Relish
1 large cucumber peeled, seeded, fine-chopped
1 c plain yogart
1 tblsp olive oil
1 tsp lemon juice (or white wine vinegar)
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp minced garlic

Combine and chill for at least 1 hr. to allow marrying of flavors. Pour over your chops at serving.

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Old 09-06-2006, 10:09 AM   #2
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I think with a nice relish like that you would keep the burgers on the not to full of seasonings side. I've never had them, but I think I'd maybe add a little worcestershire, salt and pepper and go from there, with arugula and tomatoes maybe a thin slice of sweet red onion and a slice or two of avocado, put altogether in a bun and you should have a pretty good meal. I hope this helps a little.

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Old 09-06-2006, 10:40 AM   #3
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I haven't had them for many, many years. I remember making them but the flavor was a little bland. Seems like you have to pump up the flavor with ground turkey but I'm not sure.
I was thinking maybe some S & P, Green Onions, Parsley or Cilantro and maybe a little lemon juice. The worcheshire sauce sounds good too though.....maybe I'll try that in place of the lemon juice. I just want the burger to be able to hold its own with the sauce but with the meat itself not being bland.
Guess a lot of people haven't had a lot of experience with this kind of ground meat. I see it in the stores and its pretty cheap so I've wanted to give it another try again and when I saw Marions recipe I thought that'd be something to do with it.
I'll play around with it and you all know how it turns out. It'll be a little while though as I'm trying to use up all the meats in my freezer first before buying anymore meats.
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Old 09-06-2006, 10:42 AM   #4
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Here's how I make mine

1 lb. ground turkey
small amt of fresh bread crumbs (approx. a scant 1/4 cup)
1 tbsp. lemon juice
3/4 tbsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Mix well together grill approx. 5 mins per side.

Makes 4 burgers

I serve mine with a tomato salsa

3-4 plum tomatoes seeded and chopped
1 cucumber peeled, seeded, and chopped
1 Tbsp. ime juice
Scant 1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp finely choipped garlic (I use a clove)

Mix together cover and refrigerate up to one day ahead. Drain before serving if too much liquid accumulates in the bowl.

It's very good. Hope someone will try it.

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Old 09-06-2006, 10:48 AM   #5
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Here is how I make my turkey burgers

1 lb ground turkey
1 shallot, chopped fine
1/2 c shredded cheddar or pepper jack cheese
2 T Worcheshire sauce
1/2 t garlic powder
salt/pepper

Break turkey into a bowl, add rest of ingredients, use hands to mix and form them into patties. Grill and serve on whole wheat buns.
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Old 09-06-2006, 10:48 AM   #6
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The bread crumbs don't make the meat dry Lynda? Both sound good.
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Old 09-06-2006, 10:53 AM   #7
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The bread crumbs don't make the meat dry Lynda? Both sound good.
Quite the opposite actually, while baking they suck up the fat.
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Old 09-06-2006, 11:03 AM   #8
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I find that ground turkey doesn't hold together very well because if the low fat to lean ratio, so I bind mine with egg white. I think the "bland" burger would work well with that sauce, because it sounds so flavorful! I'm copying that recipe! sounds like it would be great with fish, as well.

I season my turkey burger with chopped fresh basil, finely chopped garlic and scallions. My goal is NOT to have it taste like a hamburger, but to just be a great turkey burger! Salt and pepper, of course, and always a little Louisiana Hot Sauce!
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Here's what I put in my turkey burgers:

teriyaki sauce
pineapple juice
spring onion
water chestnuts
s & p
fresh garlic

that may be all...
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Old 09-06-2006, 12:15 PM   #10
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Thanks everyone..........you've helped alot!
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