Turkey Burgers

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
2 eggs
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).

Herbed Yogurt-Mayonnaise

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.)


  1. This looks so good. I'm amazed at all of your fresh herbs. I need to be a better herb gardener. I want to try this, especially your herbed mayonaise!
    Also, I've been meaning to tell you that I'd like to order a monthly post from you saying what books you read that month and what you thought of them and who you'd recommend it to. I'm always on the hunt for interesting literature.

  2. You may come and live with us when Sam becomes a famous artist and does things like cutting his ears off and such. And you may bring the children because I adore them. But the price is, you have to do the cooking. Deal?


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