Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Bacon Wrapped Turkey Burgers


Ground turkey is a great alternative to ground beef if you are trying to cut back the amount of red meat you eat. It can be used as a substitution for ground beef in chilis, soups, stews, and even meatloaf. Use "ground turkey breast" instead of "ground turkey" to reduce the fat. I adjust and modify the spices used as ground turkey can taste more bland than ground beef.


Be careful not to overcook especially if using ground turkey breast, or you will have dry burgers. One of the best kitchen gadgets I ever invested in was a meat thermometer. Takes the second guessing out of whether your meat is done or not. I keep a Temperature Chart taped inside the cupboard by my stove.I found a great one at Bed Bath and Beyond - Polder Digital meat thermometer
The following recipe is one of my favorite for using ground turkey.
Bacon Wrapped Turkey Burgers
by Laureen King from ArtandtheKitchen
adapted from Inspired.ca
Prep Time: 20 mins.    Cook Time: 30 mins.   Serves: 4
Ingredients:
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 cup of carrots grated
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp. Chili Sauce
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 4-8 strips thick cut bacon
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil for sautéing 

Directions:
  1. Heat oil  in large frying pan, sauté carrots and onions until tender.
  2. Add garlic and cook for additional 2 minutes. Set aside.
  3. In large bowl, combine ground turkey, breadcrumbs, parsley, chili sauce, and egg.
  4. Add carrot/onion/garlic mixture.
  5. Mix until just blended, don't overwork or burgers will be tough.
  6. Divide into 4 portions and shape into thick patties.
  7. Wrap bacon around and secure with toothpick.
  8. Place patties on greased baking sheet (I use cooking spray)
  9. Bake in oven at 375 degrees for about 30-40 minutes. (Internal temperature of 165 degrees)
Photo directions
Ingredients
Saute carrots, onion, garlic until tender in 1 tbsp. olive oil.
Combine all ingredients together, don't over work mixture.
Form into patties, wrap with bacon.
Bake 375 for about 30-40 minutes.



5 comments:

  1. The burger looks mouthwatering..I just love bacon ..Im sure this tasted yumm

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    1. Thank you Gloria, I really enjoy when people leave comments on my blog.

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  2. Yum! What a great sounding burger - and the turkey definitely balances out the decadent bacon. I guess that makes it guilt free! :)

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    1. Thanks Chris, one could always omit the bacon or substitute it for turkey bacon for a healthier choice. I like making this recipe into Turkey Meatballs.

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  3. If you grind onions up in the blender and add them to the turkey meat it helps add moisture to the ground turkey and use lower heat settings

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