In an effort to eat healthier, many people have switched from eating too much red meat to choosing chicken and turkey more often. Foregoing red meat is in fact healthier, but when you’re in the mood for a nice juicy burger, a turkey burger just doesn’t always seem to measure up. This is because many people do not know how to properly cook a turkey burger, and often wind up with a patty that is rather dry.
The reason for this is because turkey burgers are typically very lean, and so when cooked, the lack of fat causes the turkey burger to dry out before it is sufficiently cooked to the proper 165°. So do you have to purchase fatty turkey burgers in order to be able to cook a moist turkey burger? No, but you do need to add a bit of fat, in the form of a heart-healthy fat such as olive oil.
Instead of buying pre-made turkey burgers the next time you’re at the supermarket, go for the packet of ground turkey instead. It will probably be less expensive as well. Then, at home, add two tablespoons of olive to each pound of ground turkey and press your own burgers. You can also use flavored olive oils to really enhance the flavor of the burger, such as an herbed olive oil or garlic olive oil.
Making your own turkey burgers also allows you to add other items, such as diced onion, diced jalapenos, or a bit shredded cheddar cheese. Saut©ed onions add an extra element of both moisture and sweet flavor. The olive oil you added to the turkey burger will help you to cook a moist turkey burger, and also give it a nice sear on the outsides of the burger.