Honestly, turkey burgers can be really boring. Usually, I go the veggie burger route over turkey. Although I really like red meat burgers to be simple with only salt and pepper, with turkey I like to up the spice. Adding a generous bit of ginger was originally J’s idea, and it was a good one. The onions help keep these from being dry and the ginger is the perfect punch of flavor. I used a double dose of fresh and ground because the flavors really are different. I love to keep fresh ginger in the freezer and grate it as needed with a microplane or zester.
We had this with a hodgepodge of leftover roasted vegetables from this weekend’s farmer markets. I just added garlic, onions, turkey bacon, olive oil, salt and pepper and broiled to done. We decided to forgo the bread and served this with a dollop of basil mayo for an easy weeknight meal.
Garlic Ginger Turkey Burgers
1 Pound Ground Turkey
1/4 large onion, finely diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp freshly grated ginger root
1 tsp sweet paprika
1/2 tsp ground pepper
1 tsp salt
Combine ingredients well so the onions, garlic, ginger and spices are well incorporated. Divide into four evenly sized burgers, and cook over medium high heat in a cast iron skillet. Since turkey meat is generally lean, I add a small amount of olive oil to the skillet. Allow to brown on each side being sure to cook through completely.