Conner's Spicy Take on Turkey Burgers...
As a devout, and I mean d.e.v.o.u.t, beef fanatic, the thought of a turkey burger seemed so unsatisfying to me. I had never even had ground turkey before I met Chase. And as a burger connoisseur, I can safely say the best thing about beef burgers is that juicy meat and something about a turkey burger sounded dry. I begrudgingly tried these burgers and was immediately proven wrong. Packed with onion flavor, heat from the jalapeños and enough teriyaki sauce to keep the meat moist, these burgers rank among my favorite recipes. I call this Conner's Turkey Burgers after Chase's twin brother who is not only the official BBQ master of the family but is the best at making these!
Conner's Turkey Burgers:
2 pounds ground turkey
1 jalapeño, minced (seeded, if you want to reduce the spice)
1 package of lipton onion soup mix
1 tablespoon Sriracha
1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon of garlic powder
Pinch of kosher salt
Pinch of seasoned salt
Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup of teriyaki sauce
your choice of cheese (pepper jack & American are our favorites!)
Hawaiian sweet rolls
Add ground turkey, jalapeño, Sriracha, Worcestershire sauce, onion soup mix, garlic powder, salt and pepper to a bowl. Mix together and form the mixture into 15 to 20 patties. (We eat these more like a slider so they can fit on a Hawaiian sweet roll.)
Heat a grill or grill pan to medium high and cook the burgers until charred and golden on the outside and cooked all the way through, 5 minutes per side. Toast the buns cut-side down on the grill until golden, a couple of minutes.
Prior to serving, brush each burger with teriyaki (you can do this before you girl them if you don't mind getting your BBQ a little sticky).
BUT what if you end up in a situation without onion soup mix like Chase did yesterday??? Chase was offshore on a tug without access to onion soup mix, but he was able to throw a few ingredients from the pantry together. See my recipe below: (A couple things to note, 1. my phone is consistently at less than 20%, it's a lifestyle that I just can't fix, send tips; 2. don't let Chase's serious side fool you, he enjoys participating in mockery & tomfoolery, hence the text below; 3. don't confuse your garlic powder with garlic salt!)
Onion Soup Mix Replacement:
1⁄3 cup beef bouillon powder
4 teaspoons onion powder
1⁄4 teaspoon crushed celery seed
1⁄4 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon of paprika
1 teaspoon parsley flakes
1/2 teaspoon soy sauce