Saturday, June 9, 2012

Turkey Burgers - Freezer Meal

This recipe is courtesy Make-Ahead Mamas, a local group of women who specialize in freezer meals.  I have made this one before, and it is high on the yummy scale.  Turkey burgers can end up dry, but I remember this one staying juicy and that might have to do with the tomatoes. 

What You Need:
  • 2 lbs ground turkey
  • 1/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup finely diced onion
  • 1 egg (or 2 egg whites), lightly beaten
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, drain and squeeze out excess liquid
  • 2 teaspoons seasoned salt (such as Lowreys)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, but I recommend it)
What You Do:
  1. In a large bowl, mix turkey, tomatoes, bread crumbs, onions, egg, garlic, seasoned salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper.  Form into 12 patties (I only got 8 patties, so I guess I make mine large).
  2. Freeze patties on parchment paper or tin foil on a cookie sheet.
  3. With a Sharpie, write on a 1-gallon Ziploc freezer bag:  Thaw in fridge overnight, or if patties aren't too think, you can put them directly on grill frozen (just add more cooking time).  Either grill or cook cook the patties in a medium skillet over medium heat, turning once, to an internal temperature of 180 degrees (85 Celsius). 
  4. Store stacked with parchment in between patties in airtight container or freezer bag.  (I wrap each patty in plastic wrap and then in freezer bag)
  5. Serve topped with caramelized onion, blue cheese, and/or avocado on whole wheat bun.

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