Tasteful Turkey

Turkey has a reputation for being bland. I usually avoid turkey during the holidays for this very reason.

However, turkey can also be a great vehicle for flavor because it’s lacking in natural flavor.

Burgers totally transform turkey into something new – and tasty!


Teriyaki Turkey Burgers (THM E)

  • 1lb lean ground turkey
  • 1 pineapple, sliced into 1/2 in. slices
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 in grated ginger
  • Sriracha
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • salt and pepper
  • Slices of sourdough bread

Sugar-Free Teriyaki Sauce (THM FP)

  • 1/2 c soy sauce or Braggs liquid  aminos
  • 1 large garlic clove, grated
  • 1 in grated ginger
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 packet Truvia
  • 1/4 tsp xanthan gum

For the burgers, slice the pineapple thickly and place it onto a hot grill pan. [I enjoyed the pineapple uncored here, because it kept the slice whole and the core softened after being on the grill. If you prefer no core, feel free to cut it out with a pairing knife.] Grill the pineapple on each side until you get good grill marks, and remove to a plate.

Put the teriyaki sauce ingredients into a jar with a lid and shake until combined. Pour into a small sauce pot and heat on medium-low until desired thickness is achieved. Mine had to boil slightly to thicken.

While that’s happening, mix together the turkey, garlic, ginger, coriander, Sriracha, egg, salt and pepper. Mix lightly with your hands, score into fours, and lightly form patties with your hands. Drop into a preheated cast iron skillet coated with a little bacon grease or coconut oil, and cook 4-5 minutes on each side.

Serve on toasted sourdough bread with a slice of grilled pineapple and a drizzle of teriyaki sauce. NOM!


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