Friday, September 2, 2011

Turkey Burger with Fresh Herbs and a Kick

Just in time for your Labor Day BBQ, is this wonderful turkey burger chocked full of all the fresh herbs from your garden or patio, and a kick, if you want. Of course there is the star of my herb garden, Basil, the most proliferous on my patio. Then we have Rosemary in the supporting role, Lemon Thyme, and last but not least, our friendly Cilantro.  All of these characters, plus a few other ingredients, blend to give an Oscar winning performance. To top it off, you can add your favorite hot sauce, red pepper, flakes Sriracha sauce, or your favorite choice of heat. If you don't want a kick, you don't have to add any.  This burger is so moist and bursting with all of that herby flavor, with that exciting kick at the end.  This burger is low in fat, sodium, and full of flavor. This isn't your typical, dry boring turkey burger. Enjoy! This is my husband, Scott's, original concoction, recipe.

This recipe uses a lot of the herbs from your garden,  I have so much basil  now..  How do you preserve your herbs? Do you dry them? freeze them?  Let me know! Here is one of my basil pots...
And here the other one.
If anyone who lives near me wants some basil or walnuts, send me an email. Yes, we have falling leaves and lots of walnuts, Oh no! There is a bumper crop of walnuts. We have to pick them up, before, Bailey, the Wonder Dog, plays ball with them. This is just the beginning...

I want to wish all of you a Safe and Happy Labor Day Weekend!

Turkey Burger with Fresh Herbs and a Kick
Recipe from Scott, Baking and Cooking, A Tale of Two Loves

1 med red onion
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 1/4 lb. ground turkey  We used 93/7 mix
1/4 c. chopped fresh Cilantro
1/4 c. fresh chopped Basil
1 Tbsp chopped fresh  Rosemary
1 Tsp. chopped fresh Lemon or regular Thyme
1/3 c. low sodium, Soy sauce
1/8 tsp. ground pepper
1 Tbsp. Extra virgin Olive oil

Saute onion is olive oil until soft. Add Garlic and hot sauce, continue sauteing a few minutes.  Let cool. Save Pan, if cooking on the stove or you may grill these also. Add fresh herbs, soy sauce, pepper, and cooled onion mixture to ground  turkey. Mix well and form into patties.  We made four patties. Grill or saute burgers in frying pan sprayed with cooking spray, until juices run clear, about 7 min per side. Yum!


  1. My basil plant has just gotten too flowery and the leaves have now turned bitter. I will need to start over.
    The blend of spices and the soy sauce sounds like a tasty combo! I am sure these burgers are very flavorful. Great post.

  2. Looks delicious! I have a basil plant just asking to be made into these :)

  3. Tina-Too bad about your basil plant. Maybe you could cut it back, and see how the new growth is. These burgers are so good.

    Katrina-Go ahead and make these, and let me know, how they turned out.

  4. Oh, these look like fabulous spicy burgers! I'd probably have to make the plain version for the rest of the gang, but I'd love these~

  5. Lizzy-This is a versatile recipe that you can tailor to your own tastes. The herb combo is so wonderful.

  6. The turkey burgers sound so good with fresh herbs mixed in the patties, nice!

  7. Love the herb turkey burger. Nothing like fresh herbs. Becky, you also have such luck with your fresh herbs like we do. So healthy, and beautiful!
    Hope your Labor Day was a nice and enjoyable one!


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