Sunday, February 13, 2011

Spiced Turkey Burgers with Feta

Blame the parsley—or rather the lack of it—for this recipe! I always make my turkey burgers seasoned simply with salt, black pepper, garlic, onion and chopped parsley. But when I went to mix the ground meat last night, I found that I was out of fresh parsley and had only cilantro in the fridge. So that herb substitution inspired me to bolster the cilantro flavour with ground coriander, ginger and lemon juice. The resulting burger was fragrant and juicy and the melting feta added the perfect creamy finish.


For the burgers: 
2 lbs [1 kg] ground Turkey (combination of dark and white meat)
½ small Onion (finely chopped)
4 cloves Garlic (minced)
1 tbsp Ginger (minced)
1 tbsp ground Coriander
½ tsp freshly ground Black Pepper
¼ tsp Chilli powder
Salt (to taste)
¼ cup Cilantro (finely chopped)
Juice of half a lemon

1 tbsp vegetable oil
8 oz [225 gms] Feta cheese (crumbled)
6 round buns (cut in half and lightly toasted)

  1. Mix all the ingredients for the burgers in a large bowl. Form meat into six patties, cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 30-45 mins. You can make this up to a day in advance and store the patties in the fridge. 
  2. Heat vegetable oil in a grill-pan or non-stick skillet. Add turkey patties and sear on each side for about 4 mins. Alternately, you can also grill the patties over direct heat on a gas or charcoal grill. 
  3. Set the broiler in the oven to medium. Sprinkle a generous amount of crumbled feta cheese on each burger and cook in the top rack of the oven for 2 mins, or until the cheese starts to melt. 
  4. Place burger on the bun and serve immediately.

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