“Gobble ‘em Up Turkey Burgers” & “Clean out the Fridge Pasta Salad”

Photo credit: ©Debra M. Kirsch 2020

Anything poultry seems to fly in our house. (Ok, that was bad… ) We really like turkey burgers on the grill all year round, but particularly in the summer when the side dishes can be garden fresh.

My “Gobble ‘em Up” turkey burgers are just a couple of ingredients, but in my opinion, they are the best when made from 99% lean ground turkey breast. The burgers are firm and juicy, not soft or mushy as I have found with the less lean grounds. And a couple of add ins make all the difference.

Turkey Burgers:

In a large bowl, combine a one pound package of ground turkey, about a 1/4 cup diced red onion, 2 oz, or +/-half a package, of crumbled Feta Cheese, 1/2 tsp dried basil, 1/2 tsp dried oregano, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, pinch of salt, and some ground pepper. All measurements can be to your taste, there is no real magic formula. You can even just do a package of turkey, some onion, and 1 or 2 Tablespoons of Italian or Greek salad dressing. Mix everything together, and form into 3 or 4 patties.

Grill patties over medium-high heat until cooked through, top with a slice of Swiss or Provolone cheese, and serve on a fresh bun with hummus spread on the top half of the bun, and 3 or 4 slices of ripe avocado. YUM!

Pasta Salad:

For an always popular and fresh side dish, toss together a pasta salad with any veggies you have on hand. I boiled about 1 1/2 cups of garden rotini and added, 1/2 cup of diced peppers (assorted colors), 1/4 cup of red onion, 1 ear of corn off the Cobb, 1 cup of cut up & blanched broccoli florets, some sun dried tomatoes or fresh cherry tomatoes, 3/4 cup diced cucumber, really anything goes here. You can also add some crumbled Feta. To all of this I add about 1/4 cup of Italian dressing, you can add more or less depending on how you like it. Place it in the fridge until ready to serve.

Published by dmonseesk

Equestrian, dog lover, and home gourmet.

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