Ground turkey was on sale at the grocery store last week, and though I haven't cooked with it often, it seemed like a good chance to experiment with turkey burgers. I had seen a recipe (I can't remember where!) which used lemon zest and grated apples, so I thought I'd try using some lemon-complementing herbs and keep it kind of simple. I have some sumac I've been using a lot lately, which has a sort of lemony flavor (it's great sprinkled on hummus), and I added that too.
These are really yummy---crisper and more Mediterranean-flavored than hamburgers. (My kids, who like most things, liked them even better than hamburgers, which I guess doesn't really tell you . . . anything.) I think the fresh herb-mayonnaise is the best part. You could probably substitute other herbs you have on hand (lemon thyme would be delicious) although I do like the tarragon flavor with the lemon and the sumac.
Turkey Burgers (makes 8-9 patties)
2 lbs ground turkey
3/4 c. bread crumbs
a 1-inch handful of fresh chives, chopped (2-3 T.?)
1 T. chopped fresh parsley
1 T. chopped fresh tarragon
1 T. lemon juice
1 t. lemon zest (optional)
1/2 t. salt
1 (heaping) teaspoon sumac
Mix all ingredients in a bowl. The mixture should be soft and a bit sticky, but easy to shape. If it seems too wet, add more bread crumbs until it's shape-able. If it's too dry, try dribbling in a little more lemon juice. Form into patties (layer between waxed paper and refrigerate until ready to grill).
Serve on buns with spinach and herbed mayonnaise (below).
1/4 c. Greek yogurt
1/3 c. canola mayonnaise
1 t. lemon juice
Mix together and spread on hamburger buns. (Or, have you ever tried dipping French Fries in this type of mayonnaise? SO good.)