Todd’s Turkey Burgers

When Todd English and I wrote The Olives Table, we included a recipe called Spicy Low Fat Chicken Patty, essentially a burger made out of well -hopped chicken plus spices. Using ground turkey, which wasn’t so ubiquitous then, makes for far less fuss.

Serves 4.

1¼ to 1½ pounds ground turkey (1 package)
⅓ red onion, finely chopped
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 tablespoon finely chopped gingerroot
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 to 1½ teaspoons Vietnamese chili garlic sauce
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 to 2 limes, quartered

1. Place the turkey, onion, cilantro, garlic, ginger, mustard, and chili sauce in a bowl and mix to combine. Divide the mixture into 4 balls of equal size, form into patties, and flatten to about 1 inch thick.Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat and when it is very hot, add the burgers, allowing the pan to reheat for about 30 seconds between additions. Cook until deeply browned, about 7-8 minutes on each side. Serve immediately, garnished with the lime quarters.

From Warehouse to Your House: More than 250 Simple, Spectacular Recipes to Cook, Store, and Share When You Buy in Quantity (Simon & Schuster, 2006)