This is the perfect turkey burger.  Pinky swear!

Do you love turkey burgers?  Specifically, turkey burgers?!  After the turkey potstickers I made the night before last, I couldn’t help but think of all the delicious things I could make with ground turkey, and last night felt like a burger night.  And for the record, that’s a salad plate.  It’s the only plate that will fit on my makeshift photo studio, aka the shelf under the lamp in my dining room!

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So I did a bit of research on how to make a better turkey burger, i.e. not a dry one, and stumbled across Lauren’s Latest who made a turkey burger with a pat of butter among other things.  I didn’t want to add any more points to my dinner, so I went with this burger below – which served just me!

This is a photo of a perfect turkey burger

The Perfect Turkey Burger

Yield: 1 burger
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes


  • Ingredients
  • 6 ounces raw Jennie-O extra lean ground turkey breast
  • 3/4 teaspoon butter
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon favorite bbq rub (I used Penzey’s 33rd & Galena rub)


    Mix the turkey breast, dried parsley and bbq rub together. Form two 3 ounce patties and generously salt and pepper both sides. Put one patty on your cutting board, add the butter, then top with the second patty and press down until the burger is about 1/2 – 3/4 inch thick. Cook over medium low heat about 5 minutes per side, or until a meat thermometer reaches 165 degrees. I used a clear lid on top so once I could see that the burger was cooked half way through, I flipped it.

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For the last couple minutes I added my trusty meat thermometer and went to refill my water and came back and my burger was done!

The perfect turkey burger
How to make the perfect turkey burger – just add a pat of butter to the patty!

I served mine on a toasted bagel thin with romaine and dill pickles on the bottom, then topped with sautéed mushrooms, a bit of Plochman’s angry mustard, some hot sauce and parsley.  Holy cow, was this a great burger.  I am still team beef, but I have to say, I’d chow down on one of these burgers any day of the week, and I am pretty sure this will be heavy in the dinner rotation.  Can you see how juicy this burger is?!

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Perfect for a weeknight dinner, especially if you form the patties in the fridge before work, and just let them sit on the counter for 15 minutes before cooking while you check the mail and switch into your pajamas as soon as you walk in the door.  Thanks Jennie-O for letting me be a 2017 Ambassador – and hoping I can share my new found love of ground turkey with all of you.   You can check out their Facebook page and Twitter page for more recipe inspiration.

And because dinner was such a snap to put together, I had time to do a 20 minute Jillian ab work on YouTube – she still kind of annoys me, but it was a good workout – I have a feeling I’ll be feeling ab muscles I haven’t felt in a long time today!

H1.10.17 051Here is some Wednesday Wisdom:

eat well Hugs!