Friday, May 24, 2013

hawaiian turkey burgers

Burgers may be the easiest thing to change up. Chicken, pork, beef or turkey, different kinds of rolls, sauces, topping, etc. Grilling is what summer is all about, and this whole burger is grilled up- from the patties and buns to the pineapple.
One of the only times that I condone the use of breadcrumbs in a burger is when using ground turkey- the meat is so liquid-y and soft that the breadcrumbs firm it up enough that the patties are more substantial.
This is how I portion out my patties- in the bottom of the bowl, four equal parts. It makes is even and neat this way.
See how easy that is? Much better than trying to eyeball it.
I always toast my buns- just spray them with a little cooking oil and dust with garlic salt before grilling to season them up. The pineapple cooks quickly- you just have to make sure the sugar doesn't burn them. Layer your burgers with the patty, swiss cheese, pineapple, barbecue sauce and shredded lettuce or cabbage.
Just a quick side note- it's really easy to make frozen french fries a little fancier. All you do is spray them with some cooking oil and season with whatever you would like. In this case, I just used salt and pepper. Then prepare the fries according to the package.
Hawaiian Turkey Burgers
1 lb ground turkey
4 sesame seed buns, toasted
8 slices of pineapple, grilled
4 slices swiss cheese
1 cup shredded cabbage
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1/2 onion, diced
1/4 cup barbecue sauce, plus more for on top of burger
Salt and pepper, to taste

In a  bowl, combine together turkey, garlic, breadcrumbs, onion, 1/4 barbecue sauce and salt and pepper. Form into 4 equal sized patties and grill over medium heat for 6-8 minutes on each size, or until no longer pink inside. While burgers are cooking, grill buns and pineapple. Turn off grill and top each burger with swiss cheese. Let the residual heat from the grill melt the cheese. Layer burgers with grilled pineapple, barbecue sauce and cabbage. Enjoy!