If you would have asked me a few days ago if I have ever ground my own meat, I would have sadly said “no.” A meat grinder is one of those luxury kitchen items that I have yet to purchase. Someday I plan to buy that $300 mixer then buy the meat grinder attachment to go with it, but for now, it’s not on the top of our list of things to buy. They say that when you grind your own meat, it is so much better than buying it pre-ground at the store because you can control the quality of meat and the amount of fat that you use.
Well not too long ago I subscribed to Cooks Illustrated Magazine on my iPad (I am in love with this magazine!) and I ran across a recipe for a perfect turkey burger. Each recipe comes with a short instructional video and in this video they ground the turkey breast by using a food processor! What… you can do that? Am I the only one that never thought of this before? This changes everything!
So I used this new concept to made my own recipe for fresh ground turkey burgers. They turned out pretty tasty too! The differences I noticed between this burger and a burger made with pre-ground turkey was that it was a little less greasy when I cooked it. The meat was also a different consistency while I was shaping the burgers, so it was easier to form and they held together well.
Fresh Ground Turkey Breast Burgers
Adapted from “The Best Grilled Turkey Burgers” Cooks Illustrated July 2012
- 2 Turkey breasts
- 1 Cup white mushrooms
- 2 Cloves garlic
- 1/4 Cup fresh chives
- 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
- Fresh ground pepper
- Burger buns and all the fixings
- Wash the mushrooms and put them and the garlic cloves and chives through the food processor until finely chopped. Transfer the mushrooms to a bowl.
- Next, add the turkey breast to the food processor. (It’s best if you cut the breasts into large chunks first).
- Pulse until the meat is completely ground up.
- Add the ground mushroom mixture back to the processor along with the soy sauce and fresh pepper. Pulse util completely mixed.
- Transfer everything to a bowl and use your hands to shape the meat into burger patties. Season with salt and pepper.
- Heat your barbecue grill and oil the rack before placing the burgers down, to prevent sticking. Cook the burgers on each side, until the burger feels firm to the touch in the middle and there is no longer any bright pink on the inside, about 5-7 minutes on each side.
- Toast your bread and pile on the toppings! Enjoy your fresh ground turkey burger!