It’s about time we get a juicy turkey burger that can withstand the fridge a couple days.
Why does my turkey burger always dry up?
Because you’re overcooking it, that’s why! Most of the time that is the case. Plus a couple of other things could be missing too like, olive oil? Did you add a little olive oil to your turkey? Depending on which one you purchase in your supermarket like 99 percent fat free, 75 percent, etc., you might not need extra oil. If you’re cooking your turkey with a higher fat content and it’s still drying out, you’re definitely overcooking it. Use a meat thermometer to read 165F which means its fully cooked. If it reads beyond 170F you’re basically drying it out at this point. The clear juices are leaving and saying goodbye never to return leaving you with a dry burger.
My ground turkey headache
The ground turkey I picked. What a nightmare. Never again will I buy the brand purchased at Costco. I don’t remember the brand name specifically but what I do know is that it had brown and green colors on the label. The turkey was so overly processed it would not bind. I was forced to add breadcrumbs just so that I can form the patties. I know blog posts are supposed to have an overall positive tone to it but consider this a “heads up” at least on this turkey so that you don’t make the same mistake I did. I know it wasn’t just this batch either because it happened to me before. Why’d I purchased it again? I honestly thought they’d finally figure this out and did something about it. Eeeeeeeeennn. Wrong. They didn’t. Same old turkey.
If you purchase a good quality brand ground turkey and feel no need to add the breadcrumbs, by all means leave it out, unless you really want it of course.
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 2 tbsp olive oil (optional)
- 2 tbsp garlic, chopped fine
- 2 tsp coconut aminos
- 1 tbsp kosher salt
- 2 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tbsp parsley, chopped
- 2 tbsp green onions, chopped fine
- Mix 1 tbsp olive oil and all other ingredients in a large bowl and form patties. I got six decent size patties.
- Heat a large skillet with remaining olive oil. Cook 2-3 patties at a time. Do not overcrowd the pan or the patties will not cook evenly.
- Cook covered approx 20 mins flipping halfway at 10 min mark. Use a meat thermometer to read 165F on all patties.
- Remove and let cool. Freeze extra patties. Enjoy!