Ted’s Turkey Burgers (or Meatballs)

Normally turkey burgers are gross and dry and not worth eating, but these ones are awesome, thanks to a lot of flavorful additions.  My dad, Ted, is the one who truly discovered this recipe in an Everyday Food cookbook and has modified it over time.  We’ve added a couple more additions and here it is.  We make ours as meatballs because we never have bread and they work better in as leftovers in our lunches, but my dad makes them into actual burgers.

Finished Product

 The Ingredients

To make these burgers, you’ll need:

  • 1 pound ground turkey (we buy ours at Costco)
  • Heaping 1/2 cup grated Gruyere cheese
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard (the cheap stuff is fine here)
  • 4 scallions, sliced thinly
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced finely
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil, for cooking

Smash your garlic,

Crush the Garlic

and mince it finely.

Garlic

Slice your scallions thinly.

Green Onions

Put the turkey in a big bowl. 

The Turkey

Add the cheese,

Cheese

scallions and garlic,

Bowl

breadcrumbs,

Breadcrumbs

and mustard. 

Mustard

Sprinkle with a big pinch of salt and a few grinds of pepper.

Pepper

Mix it all up.

Use your hands!

Form the turkey into meatballs or burgers, whichever you choose.  Heat the oil (about a tablespoon) in a pan until it shimmers.

Oil

Add the turkey burgers or meatballs.

Cooking on Stove

Cook them  until the insides are no longer pink.  For meatballs, you’ll have to turn them a few times.  For burgers, you’ll just need to flip them once. 

Cooking on Stove

Cooking on Stove

The outsides will get nice and brown from the cheese.  We both think that’s the best part!  Plate them up, or serve on buns if desired.

Finished Product

Ted’s Turkey Meatballs

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • Heaping 1/2 cup grated Gruyere cheese
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 4 scallions, sliced thinly
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced finely
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil, for cooking

Combine the turkey with all other ingredients except olive oil in a large bowl and mix together with your hands.  Shape mixture into patties or meatballs.

Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering.  Add meatballs or burgers and cook until no longer pink in the middle and the outsides are nicely browned. Serve plain or on buns with hamburger toppings.

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