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New England Turkey Burgers

It’s been a long time since I posted. A lot has been going on during the past year, and now we all find ourselves in a situation none of us could have ever imagined. I don’t have to repeat all the details of the pandemic, you all know what’s going on. I will only say I hope you and yours are doing well and that you are practicing social/physical distancing and washing those hands…keep singing Happy Birthday!

As a bit of a diversion, and since we are all basically at home, I thought it would be a good time to share an easy, healthy recipe.

I am not a big fan of ground turkey. I find that, unless I use it in crock-pot chili, I can still always taste the poultry flavor too much, which doesn’t fake my taste buds into thinking I’m eating red meat. But I recently came across a recipe that I think solves the problem and makes for a great hamburger alternative. The recipe I saw actually originated with Rachael Ray, but there are a few other variations.

You’ll notice ingredients you might not have thought to include in a burger. But each one adds moisture and good flavor to this turkey burger. And yes, I know…putting poultry seasoning in would seem to defeat my purpose, but it really works.  So give this recipe a try and see what you think.

New England Turkey Burgers

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 McIntosh (or other similar), apple, cored, quartered and finely chopped
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 2 celery ribs (prefer from the heart), finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/4 pounds ground turkey breast
  • Flat leaf parsley, finely chopped – a generous handful, (I  used dried parsley about tablespoon)
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil


  1. In a skillet, melt butter over medium heat;
  2. Add the apple, onion, and celery;
  3. Add the poultry seasoning, and salt and pepper to taste;
  4. Cook until onion is tender, about 5 to 6 minutes;
  5. Transfer to a bowl and allow to cool for 5 minutes;
  6. Wipe the skillet clean and return it to the stove;
  7. Add the turkey and parsley to the onion/apple/celery mixture;
  8. Add salt and pepper to taste and mix thoroughly;  form into four patties;
  9. Heat olive oil in skillet over medium-high heat;
  10. Cook the patties on each side about 6 minutes, lowering the heat for the last 2-3 minutes on each side.

You can top the turkey burgers with cranberry sauce and scallions, and add lettuce; serve them on a toasted English muffin or a hamburger bun. Or create your own toppings.



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This entry was posted on April 1, 2020 by in Dinner and tagged , .


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