turkey burgers & slaw

Summer FINALLY arrived in Edmonton and the temperature is starting to climb (not that I'm complaining!), so rather than heat up the house by turning on the oven we cook a lot more meals on the bbq.  I love making homemade burgers so that I can get exactly the flavour combos I'm looking for.  Making your own burgers is also a way to keep things healthy, by making patties from lower fat meats, like ground turkey or salmon.  You might notice that we made this burger with white buns...White bread isn't too common in our house, but Trev's Grandma makes amazing dinner buns.  In our family they're known as, you guessed it, "gramma buns"; so when she offers a bag to take home, we always say yes!  The turkey patties turned out moist and flavourful, I'm sure they would be equally good with whole wheat buns, or anything else you have around the house...pitas maybe?

Turkey Burgers

  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
  • about 3/4 cup fresh bread crumbs (1-2 slices of bread pulsed in the food processor)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp greek seasoning
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Mix all ingredients together and form into 4-5 patties (depending on how big you want them) and refrigerate them until you're ready to grill them.  (Sometimes I even make them the night before so that cooking dinner is super quick).  Heat up the BBQ to medium and grill the burgers for about 7 minutes on each side (depending on how hot your BBQ is).

Build your burgers with fresh buns, mayo, mixed greens and cheese (and any other delicious toppings you want).

Vinegar Slaw

  • olive oil
  • apple cider vinegar
  • tsp dijon mustard
  • tsp sugar
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • coleslaw mix or shredded cabbage
  • diced radish
  • diced yellow pepper
  • sunflower seeds

In a bowl, mix together the olive oil, cider vinegar, mustard sugar and pepper, to taste.  Add in cabbage, radish, pepper and sunflower seeds in whatever quantities you want.