Trusty Turkey Burgers

Trusty Turkey Burgers


1 1/2 pounds lean ground turkey
1 medium-size firm Bosc pear, peeled, cored, and coarsely grated
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup panko Japanese-style bread crumbs
1/4 cup fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped
2 cloves garlic, very finely minced
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh sage, finely chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons rosemary leaves, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon vegetable oil


There’s no mystery to solve here! Party guests of all ages will smell these delicious turkey burgers from miles away.

Mix together the turkey, pear, egg, panko, parsley, garlic, sage, rosemary and allspice in a large bowl until well combined. Add the salt and pepper to taste. (To test the flavor, cook a teaspoon or two of the mixture in the microwave or a small skillet until well done.) Divide the mixture into 6 equal portions and shape them into patties, gently pressing the center of each to create a slight indentation. This will prevent the patty from bulging in the center, so that you end up with a flat, evenly cooked burger. Refrigerate patties until the grill is ready. Prepare a charcoal fire or gas grill to medium-hot. Wipe the rack with canola oil and lay the burgers on it indentation side up. Let them cook, without pressing down on them, until the bottoms are well seared, about 5 to 7 minutes. Flip the burgers and continue grilling until they are completely cooked through (the juices will run clear), another 5 to 7 minutes.