Sage and Onion Turkey Burgers (recipe from American Medical Association's Family Health Cookbook)
Yield: 6 Sandwiches
1 1/4 pounds ground turkey*
2/3 cup fresh whole-wheat bread crumbs, from about 1 1/2 slices of bread
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/3 cup finely chopped celery or green pepper
1 egg white
1 teaspoon dried rubbed sage
1/2 teaspoon dried leaf thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried summer savory optional
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
6 whole-wheat hamburger buns plus sliced tomato, lettuce, onion, pickle, reduced-fat cheddar cheese for garnish
1. Prepare a medium-hot barbecue fire, or preheat a gas grill or broiler.
2. In a large mixing bowl, use your hands to mix together the turkey, bread crumbs, onion, celery, egg white, sage, thyme, savory, salt and pepper. Form into 6 patties, each about 1/2 inch thick.
3. Grill or broil the burgers, turning once carefully with a spatula, until browned on both sides and white throughout, about 10 minutes total. Place the buns, cut sides down, at the edge of the grill to toast lightly, about 1 minute.
4. Serve the burgers on the toasted buns, with desires toppings.
*I got my ground turkey from DiPaola Turkey Farm, a second generation family farm in New Jersey that raises free-range, antibiotic-free turkeys fed on a mix of corn and soy. The meat is sold in 16 oz containers for $8 each, enough for about 5-6 burgers, an appropriate quantity for the recipe that is not likely to leave excess. Compare that to a whole frozen turkey...did you know that 20% of all edible meat is thrown in the trash, with turkey in the lead for amount of meat likely to be thrown out by a consumer at 31%? Check out the Environmental Working Group's Meat Eater's Guide to Climate Change and Health, a succinct, informative guide challenging its readers to "reduce your impact. improve your health." Emphasizing that not all meat is created equal- lamb and beef have the greatest environmental impact- EWG encourages carnivores to "eat smart." When shopping for meat, they offer a few tips:
- Grass fed or pasture-raised meat
- Lean cuts
- No antibiotics or hormones
- Certified Organic
- Certified Humane
- Local (DiPaola "turkeys are raised on the property from birth to death, with all of the processing done on-site")
- Unprocessed, nitrate-free and low sodium
"Happy Turkeys, Friendly People." Web log post. What Is Fresh. Web. 19 July 2011. <http://whatisfresh.tumblr.com/post/380986380/dipaola-turkeys-union-square-greenmarket-market-intervie>.
"Report-2011 Meat Eaters Guide." Environmental Working Group. Web. 19 July 2011. <http://breakingnews.ewg.org/meateatersguide/a-meat-eaters-guide-to-climate-change-health-what-you-eat-matters/>.