Build your own burger - the recipe here is for a low-fat cranberry and herb turkey burger, with LOTS of options! Plump semi-dried Canadian cranberries and fresh chopped herbs are added to lean, low-fat turkey mince for a moist and flavourful burger, and without the guilt! I have offered the bacon, cheese, assorted condiments and the burger bun as an option; if you are REALLY watching your calories and fat intake, just go with the plain burger and a lovely crispy mixed salad on the side. Turkey mince can be a little bland, so the addition of the herbs and cranberries adds a real flavour injection. Try to use freshly chopped herbs for the best flavour, if you do use dried herbs, reduce the quantities by half, as dried herbs are more pungent than fresh. If you prefer a slightly sweeter taste, use Craisins, the sweetened dried cranberries that are available in North America and Canada; this recipe has been posted as a thank you to a Canadian friend on Recipezaar, who kindly sent me some Craisins, along with lots of other Canadian goodies! Merci beaucoup!
- 1⁄4 cup fresh breadcrumb
- 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil (3-4 sprays) or 1 teaspoon low-fat cooking spray (3-4 sprays)
- 1 small onion, peeled and finely diced
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- 1⁄4 cup dried cranberries or 1⁄4 cup craisins
- 1 lb 93% lean ground turkey (turkey mince)
- 6 slices Canadian bacon (optional)
- 6 toasted hamburger buns (optional)
- cheese slice
- cranberry sauce
- dill pickle
- sliced fresh tomato
- sliced onion rings
- mixed salad green
- If grilling the burgers, preheat grill to medium-high. (You can also pan-fry or barbeque these burgers.).
- Meanwhile, heat oil in a large frying pan/skillet over medium heat, or spray three or four sprays of low fat spray. Add the diced onion and cook, stirring, for about 5 minutes. Add the thyme, sage, salt and pepper; cook until fragrant, for about 30 seconds more.
- Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl and add the breadcrumbs and cranberries, stir to combine. Let the mixture cool for 5 minutes. Add the turkey mince and stir until combined; do not overmix. Form the mixture into 6 burgers/patties.
- To cook on the stovetop: Coat a large nonstick frying pan/skillet, preferably cast-iron, with cooking spray and set over medium-high heat for 2 minutes. Add the burgers/patties, reduce heat to medium, and cook for about 5 minutes. Turn and cook on the other side for about 2 minutes. Cover and continue to cook until lightly browned but still juicy (the juices should run clear, not pink), about 3 - 4 minutes more.
- To grill: Oil the grill rack and grill the burgers for 5 to 6 minutes per side, flipping gently to avoid breaking them.
- Serve the burgers immediately, inside a burger bun with the optionial extras and condiments as suggested. A mixed salad is also a great accompaniment.
- NB: If using the bacon or the cheese slices, grill or fry the bacon slices for about 2 to 3 minutes beforehand and then place the bacon or cheese slice on top of a cooked burger for the last 2 - 3 minutes of grilling or cooking time.
I really wanted to like these. All the ingredients for a really good turkey burger were there. However both my husband and I thought they were absolutely tasteless as a burger in a bun. I was sorely disappointed. In fact, we both ended up throwing our burgers away. However, afterwards, when I was cleaning up in the kitchen, I picked at the remaining burger that was in the skillet without the bun and it was delicious! Really wonderful flavour and great texture. The flavour of the herbs and the cranberries really shone. My advice? Leave out the bun. It dwarfs the flavours of a really good burger. Eat these little treasures on their lonesome. They were fab!
I had both the ground turkey and the dried cranberries so decided this was the recipe to try. I'm so glad I did! I followed the cooking direction carefully since many times my turkey burgers have been too dry. These were perfect. I served them sans the buns but with bacon bits and melted cheese on top. Thank you French Tart for posting this. A winner!
Superb burger! I loved the thyme along with the cranberries. I only added Swiss cheese and the suggested cranberry sauce as my toppings. Made for French Tart thank you in Every Day Holiday Tag. :)