Hungry Man (Turkey) Burgers

When it comes to toppings, I am–for better or worse–a believer in the “more is more” mantra.  And let’s face it:  While the meat and spices are clutch, it’s the toppings that really define a burger.  And we mastered it all from kneading to eating in our dinner last night.  I couldn’t even get my burger to stand up for more than 10 seconds without toppling over.

Now, I know at this point you’re quoting that Wendy’s commercial and asking, “Where the heck’s the beef, woman??!”  Maybe it’s because I grew up in a health-conscious household.  Maybe it’s because I’m a woman so I’m too delicate and calorie-conscious to indulge in red meat.  Or maybe it’s because I just love ground turkey so darn much that I try to finagle it into any meal I can.  Whatever the reason, I chose turkey.  I encourage you to substitute as you see fit.

But turkey will still taste better.

Hungry Man (Turkey) Burger

**makes 4 servings (or 3 if you’re my REALLY hungry boyfriend)**


  • 1lb ground turkey, defrosted
  • 1/4 of a small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • tsp garlic salt
  • tsp ground pepper

Toppings (vary according to taste):

  • Whole wheat hamburger buns
  • Fresh avocado, sliced
  • Beef tomato, sliced
  • Red onion, sliced
  • Dill pickles (I used the long sandwich slices to help them from slipping out)
  • Mayo
  • Spicy brown mustard
  • Ketchup
  • Raw spinach leaves
  1. Knead all patty ingredients in a large bowl until thoroughly mixed.
  2. Divide mixture into 4 balls (or 3 if you’re an extra hungry man) and smoosh to form patties.
  3. Grill or cook on oiled skillet until grey throughout (about 10 minutes–the thicker the patty, the longer to cook).
  4. While burgers are cooking, fry bacon on skillet until crispy (about 7 minutes).
  5. Drain bacon fat from skillet into disposable glass jar (to prevent blockage in sink).  Use bacon fat residue to toast hamburger buns to a golden brown (about 4 minutes).
  6. Plate cooked patties on buns and add bacon and all other toppings.
  7. Attempt to put it in your mouth.


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