Grilled Turkey Burgers with Sweet Pickles
-1/2 c. fresh breadcrumbs
-3 Tbsp. mayonnaise
-2 Tbsp. chopped fresh chives (I seriously NEVER use chives, especially if I’m already buying green onions aka “scallions” for something else. Just use the green onion tops.)
-2 scallions, finely chopped
-4 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced (basil around here lately has been looking like crap-I omitted it)
-1 Tbsp. Worcestshire sauce
-2 to 3 tsp. red pepper sauce (for Christmas my mom got me some kickass “Day of the Dead” habanero hot sauce, so I used that)
-1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper
-1.5 lbs. ground turkey
-12 sweet pickle slices
-1 tomato, cut into 4 slices
-4 whole-wheat hamburger buns, lightly toasted (oops-forgot the buns! Multi-grain bread stood in for this)
-Mustard and mayonnaise, for serving
1. In a large bowl, combine breadcrumbs, mayonnaise, chives, scallions, basil, Worcestshire sauce, red pepper sauce, salt, and ground pepper. Add turkey and mix lightly with hands, just until blended. Shape mixture into 4 patties, each about 1″ thick.
2. Meanwhile, build a charcoal fire or preheat a gas grill (I used my George Foreman grill, which worked divinely). Place patties on cooking grate over direct heat. Cook over medium heat 5 to 6 minutes; turn patties with a spatula and continue grilling, 5 to 6 minutes, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the side of each burger registers 165F.
3. Layer 3 pickle slices and 1 tomato slice on the bottom of each bun. Top each with a burger and the other half of the bun. Serve with mustard and mayonnaise.
Oh my god these were good! Seriously, I’m hungry again just thinking about them. In my George Foreman grill book it says to cook this for 6 minutes total but I cooked them just under 6 minutes for each side. I toasted each bread slice lightly and spread a very thin layer of mayo on each side. The naked burger patty™ leftover I had in my bento for lunch the next day was equally delicious. Perfection!