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Turkey Burgers

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Serves 4-6 | Prep Time 10 minutes | Cook Time 20 minutes

Why I Love This Recipe

When you look at most turkey burger recipes, they are full of additions. Add bread crumbs. Add eggs. Add other fillers to bind them together. After trying a number of these recipes, I decided to take a step back in simplicity and just try to make "burgers", turkey or otherwise.

My turkey burgers are so basic, it is almost laughable to call them a recipe, but I think I have hit upon something that is tasty and also open to interpretation by you. I'll put some of my variations below.

This recipe is part of my blog series, "Recipes in Rotation" on My Word with Douglas E. Welch (

Ingredients You'll Need

1 lb ground turkey (NOT extra lean)

Zatarains Creole Seasoning (or whatever mix you prefer)

Non-stick skillet or griddle

Possible additions:

Bacon/Turkey Bacon
Cheese (American, Provolone, Cheddar, Swiss, whatever)
Tomato Sauce
BBQ Sauce


Divide turkey into 4-6 portions. 6 yields "slider-sized" portions

Set heat to medium-high

Use no oil in non-stick skillet

Place burgers in skillet and season with Creole Seasoning

After 2-3 minutes, flip burgers and season opposite side

Do NOT flatten burgers with spatula or they will become dry.

Flip every minute or so to brown evenly until no pink exists in middle and juices run clear.

Once done, turn off heat, add cheese and cover with lid to melt.

You can then use these burgers in a number of ways. Top with bacon, cheese and BBQ sauce. Use spaghetti sauce and Provolone cheese for a pizza burger. Try other spice mixes -- both purchased or homemade. Possible items include smoked paprika, curry powders, your favorite seasoned salt, and more.

We often serve these with homemade, baked, french fries dusted with the same creole seasoning mix.

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