I recently returned from a trip to the beautiful Oregon Coast and one evening my sister-in-law Christy whipped up these delicious turkey burgers. She got the recipe from The Stiletto Chef blog where they got it from Dr. Oz. That means that they’re healthy, but don’t let that deter you. They were originally meant to be sliders but we had them as full-sized burgers. She made some other changes to “Skinny Jean Sliders with Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms” and I’m adding a few changes of my own. Isn’t that how recipes evolve?
Turkey Burgers with Caramelized Onions and Mushrooms
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup (about 3 ounces) cremini mushrooms, stemmed and finely chopped
1 small red onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, finely minced
½ teaspoon dried oregano
¼ cup finely chopped fresh parsley
½ teaspoon sea salt
1 pound extra lean ground turkey
4 hearty whole wheat buns
2 plum tomatoes, thinly sliced
Annie’s Green Goddess Dressing
Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the mushrooms, onions, and garlic and cook, stirring often, until the onions are soft and golden brown, about 4 minutes. Stir in the oregano, parsley, and sea salt, turn off the heat and transfer to a medium bowl to cool.
Place the ground beef in a large bowl, add the cooled mushroom mixture, and gently fold the two together. Divide the ground beef mixture into 8 equal balls and then gently form each into
semi-compact 2½ to 3-inch thick patties. Split the rolls in half and brush the cut side with some of the remaining 2 teaspoons of olive oil. Set aside.
Heat a nonstick grill pan over medium-high heat for 2 minutes. Add the burgers and grill on each side until browned, about 2 minutes per side for medium. Transfer to a plate while you grill the rolls, cut-sides down, until golden and etched with grill marks from the pan, about 1 minute. Place each patty on a bun bottom and top with a slice of tomato and avocado. Toss arugula with Annie’s Green Goddess Dressing and top with a little pile of that too! Makes 4 burgers