Monday, 1 October 2012

Turkey Burgers with Red Onion Marmalade, Radishes and Emmental

I think I might be a little obsessed with turkey. First it was the Trinidad Turkey and Coconut Curry. Then it was Turkey Tacos. Now it's Turkey Burgers. Actually, the turkey burgers came first as we've been making these for ages, but I just haven't gotten around to posting about it until now.

Either way, I've been posting about a lot of turkey, haven't I?! I need to clarify, it's not all about the desire to eat a little bit healthier- although I confess it may have started that way. I quickly came to realise that turkey is more affordable (and we all know how important that is to me!) than other poultry, but also that it really is a wonderfully flavourful and versatile meat. Did you know that already? Am I just behind the times? Why didn't somebody tell me?! I love the wonderful canvas turkey provides for a million different flavours, but at the same time carrying a bit more flavour of its own than chicken.

This is especially true of these turkey burgers. I've made this recipe using ground chicken too, but preferred the slightly meatier flavour of the turkey which held up well against the other flavours. Once made, the burgers can be crowned with a million different toppings according to your preference- this is just our current favourite combo! Past favourites have included mozzarella with pesto and sun dried tomatoes, classic cranberry sauce with a little bit of brie or sliced beef tomatoes with Gruyere.

For now though, let me tell you about our turkey burgers with Emmental, red onion marmalade and radishes...

Turkey Burgers

Makes 4

600g Turkey Mince
1/3 cup fresh bread crumbs (about one slice)
3 Tblspns mayonnaise
2 Tblspns fresh chives, finely chopped
1 Tblspn Worcestershire sauce
2 tspns Tabasco
2 spring onions, finely chopped
4 fresh basil leaves, finely sliced
Salt and pepper, to season
Red onion marmalade
4 slices Emmental
Handful of radishes, finely sliced

1)  Mix the turkey, breadcrumbs, mayonnaise, chives, worcestershire sauce, tabasco, spring onions, basil, salt and pepper gently until thoroughly combined.

2) Divide the mixture into 4 even burgers, each about 2cm thick. 

3) Heat a grill pan (a frying pan with ridges) over a medium heat. Brush the burgers lightly with oil and place all four in the pan. Find a lid that fits the pan as closely as possible (we don't have one for ours, but you may well do) as this will help keep much of the moisture in. Cook the burgers for 5 minutes on each side.

4) Serve immediately topped with a dollop of red onion marmalade (beautifully sweet and rich), a few slices of radishes (lightly peppery and crunchy), a slice of Emmental (it's cheese... need I say more?) and a fresh salad on the side.


  1. I'm not a fan of beef, but love turkey and emmental. This looks like the perfect burger!

    1. The I think you'll love these- they're certainly our favourites :) Let me know what you think if you do try them?