Have you wondered what is the best ground turkey seasoning? When I started using ground turkey instead of ground beef, I wondered what would be the best seasoning to use too!
After some trial and error, I’ve come up with some easy seasonings that taste great. The meat also stays together well without fillers.
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What is the Best Ground Turkey Seasoning?
I started by thinking about what I use to season a whole turkey as well as the things we enjoy on a turkey sandwich.
Using 93% lean ground turkey, I originally added an egg and some breadcrumbs. Ground turkey has a wetter consistency than ground beef. It didn’t really help and I’m not crazy about adding extra things to my food.
The recipe that we use now is just ground turkey, some sauteed onions, and a few simple spices and condiments for flavor. Using both sage and thyme is a perfect compliment to turkey as well as Dijon mustard which “Handy” loves on a turkey sandwich.
You can add more of less of any of the ground turkey seasonings. You might also want to try other spices that you enjoy. I have added Worcestershire sauce, oregano and Italian seasoning in the past.
If you’re trying to cut down on calories and carbs, you can skip the bun which is what I do. If you don’t worry about extra calories, you can add the bun and swiss cheese to yours as “Handy” does.
- Cast-Iron Skillet You only need to use one of these top three to cook your burger
- 1 pound ground lean turkey breast
- 2 tsp olive oil or grapeseed oil
- 1/2 cup diced red onion
- 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1/2 tsp sage
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp salt
- Saute the onions in the oil until translucent, then let cool before you add it to the turkey
- Combine the ground turkey with the onions, mustard and all the seasoning. I use my hands to mix everything together
- Shape into four patties and I poke a hole about half way through in the middle to prevent shrinkage
- Put on grill, skillet or griddle and cook through, flipping 1/2 way through cooking time. About 5 minutes per side or until internal temperature is 165 degrees. You want a turkey burger to be cook completely through
“Grilling takes the formality out of entertaining. Everyone wants to get involved.”
– Bobby Flay
Is Ground Turkey better for you than Ground Beef?
Ground turkey can cut calories by 50 calories and saturated fats in half. Substituting ground turkey for ground beef is a great alternative in spaghetti sauce, chili, meatloaf, tacos and more. You won’t notice a difference in taste or texture.
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Now that the weather is better, we cook our turkey burgers on the grill but a cast-iron skillet or griddle will work well in the house, on the stove.
Summer & Grilling
When it’s hot outside, using a grill helps with keeping the house cooler. Cooking on the grill is also an easy way to create a delicious meal without much fuss. Things that we enjoy on the grill are:
- Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken Breast
- Pasta with Tomato Basil Sauce and Chicken Breasts cooked on the grill
- Grilled Chicken Breast Sandwiches
- Whole Chicken Cooked on the Grill
- Burgers, Brats, and/or Italian Sausage
I hope you enjoy these turkey burgers that are seasoned perfectly!