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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Caribbean Jerk Turkey Burgers

First I have to apologize because I don't have a "finished product" picture because we had friends over for dinner and I forgot to get a picture once I put these together. However, don't let that stop you from trying them. These burgers are absolutely delicious... and healthy. Although the method seems a little unorthodox, it really does work. I thought the outsides of the burgers would be nice and seasoned and the insides would be dry and boring but that was not the case. This really worked out well. I topped them with a little guacamole and red onion and they were fantastic.

Caribbean Jerk Turkey Burgers
Recipe adapted from Good Things Catered
Makes 4 burgers

1 lb ground turkey breast
4 T soy sauce
4 T red wine vinegar
2 T brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp thyme
3/4 tsp garlic salt
3/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp allspice
1/8 tsp ground ginger
4 hamburger buns
Red Onion

In a shallow bowl, mix together soy sauce, vinegar and brown sugar. On a plate, mix together all spices. Divide meat into 4 equal portions and form into patties, making them slightly thinner in the middle. Roll patties in spice mixture until coated on all sides. Dip patties into soy sauce mixture and transfer to a plate or rimmed baking sheet and cover with plastic wrap.

Refrigerate about 1 hour. Heat a grill pan or skillet over medium-high heat with a tablespoon of oil. Cook about 5 minutes on first side until browned. Don't try to flip to early or they will have a tendency to stick. Cook on remaining side about 5 minutes more until cooked through. Toast buns under the broiler for a couple minutes until golden brown. Top burgers with a tablespoon of guacamole and a couple slices of red onion.

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