Summer Means Burgers

I very distinctly associate summer with my parents grilling on the back porch nearly every weekend — grilled steak, grilled chicken, hot dogs and hamburgers.

Sadly, I can’t have a grill at my tiny Tallahassee apartment, but I do have a George Foreman grill, and for the first time Saturday night, I made a burger on it.  (I usually make chicken on it)

I had bought ground turkey at the store with the intent of making chili, but then something possessed me to make turkey burgers. I’m not even sure I’ve had a turkey burger before, and I certainly didn’t have a recipe for one. We like the regular ground beef with some mild seasoning in my family. I had in my head that I should use bread crumbs in the seasoning, and after some Googling, came across this recipe on

I didn’t follow it exactly. For example, it calls for mixing basil into mayonaise to top the burger. Well, I don’t really like mayo and I thought putting the basil in the meat might add an extra kick. So, here’s my version.

Ingredients: 1 pound ground turkey, 1/4 cup skim milk, 2-3 tsp basil chopped, 2 tsp finely chopped onion, 2 tbsp seasoned bread crumbs, pepper

Directions: Mix milk, basil, onion and bread crumbs in a mixing bowl and add the meat to it. Mix the seasoning into the meat with your hands so that the meat fully and evenly absorbs the milk. Form four patties, sprinkle with pepper to your liking and throw them on the grill.

OK, so if you really are thinking you want a burger — the beefy, greasy type — this probably isn’t what you’re looking for. But it tastes really good and it’s obviously a much healthier alternative. The basil definitely brought out the flavor of the meat and I was so hungry that I actually ate two. (I know I shouldn’t have, but I was still feeling wiped out from my long hike in the woods that I really needed the protein. And I did the math — the two burgers, buns, ketchup all add up to about 800 calories, so it wasn’t a total bad eating disaster.)

The one problem I did have was taking the burgers off the grill. They didn’t stick together as well. I’m thinking maybe decrease the amount of milk or increase the amount of bread crumbs to solve that problem.


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