Turkey Meatloaf and/or Burgers

We enjoy ground turkey and like making turkey burgers, but they always end up being dry since there is less fat in ground turkey than in ground beef. So I decided to spruce them up a bit. This mixture can be adapted to make good old fashion meatloaf, it can be varied by changing the meat, it can also be made ahead of time and stocked in your freezer for when you need a meal in a pinch. These burgers came out moist, full of flavor and brimming with texture. They can eaten on a gluten free bun, if you choose, or how we do it, by eating on a bed of salad greens and dressed in your favorite salad dressing.

 

Amount            Ingredient

2 lbs                   Turkey, ground, organic

1 medium         Onion, yellow, diced small

1 Tbls                 Garlic, minced, fresh

2 tsp                    Olive oil

1 large               Egg, organic, free-range

3/4 cup            Bread crumbs, gluten free

2 tsp                   All-purpose seasoning (1 tsp sea salt, 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1/2 tsp garlic)

2 Tbls                Parsley, chopped, fresh

2 Tbls                Basil, chopped, fresh

1/2 cup            Daiya cheese, mozzerella flavor shredded

 

Steps

1. Heat olive oil in a small saute pan over medium high heat

2. Add the onion and garlic to saute until the onions are translucent, 3-4 minutes

3. Remove from heat and cool before mixing with rest

4. In a mixer with the paddle, add all ingredients except the herbs and cheese

5. Mix until just combined, keep in mind that over-mixing will yield a pink meat that will remain pink no matter how much you cook it, many eaters think they are eating a raw product**

6. Add herbs, mix briefly

7. Add cheese last, gently fold in

8. Now mold them into about 3 oz. patties or place in a loaf pan to make meatloaf, if making a meatloaf, press the meat into the pan corners and bottom to avoid air pockets, then round off the top with a rubber spatula. Laying three raw strips of bacon, side-by-side, on top would be good too, before baking until the internal temperature is around 150 degrees. When it is done cooking, pour the fat off and allow to cool a bit before cutting and serving.

9. The burger patties grill nicely when they are partially frozen. That’s what makes this a great recipe to make ahead and freeze for day when you need a wholesome meal, in a pinch.

10. To grill the burgers, grill on clean grill grates for about 3 minutes on each side or until internal temperature is around 150 degrees. To pan-sear the burgers, you will want to use oil or bacon fat in the griddle first, then place them on a hot griddle for about 3-4 minutes on each side with same temp internally.

11. This makes 10 burgers or 1 meatloaf.

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