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June 14, 2011 11:30 AM
I love turkey burgers. I make mine with a bit of garlic and onion powder with 99/1 extra lean turkey.

Ive tried putting different sauces and marinades in them but they still turn out dry. More so if I broil them instead of grilling.


Suggestions plz!!!!
June 14, 2011 11:32 AM
I always cook mine in the skillet and they turn out great. I found this recipe that works for me:

http://www.calorieking.com/recipes/Chicken-Turkey-Fowl-and-Egg/Chicken-Turkey-Fowl-Dishes/All-American-Turkey-Burgers_Y2lkPTUmc2lkPTE5JnJpZD03MTY.html
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June 14, 2011 11:33 AM
Deep fry them, the oil will keep them moist. JK

Try using a 95/5 or 90/10. you need fat in the burger to keep it from drying out.
June 14, 2011 11:33 AM
Chop up some onions and mix them with the turkey meat before you form patties and put on a skillet. The water from the onions will keep the turkey moist.
June 14, 2011 11:33 AM
maybe add some chopped mushrooms in with the turkey? I think that will add flavor, meatiness, fiber ,& moisture.
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June 14, 2011 11:34 AM
egg whites. Seriously. It also helps them stick together better.
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June 14, 2011 11:34 AM
We use 93/7 turkey, and we mix a packet of dry ranch dressing in with the turkey. omgyumyumyummyyum. personally, I think the 99/1 is too dry for a burger. That would be better suited for a recipe that needs pan fried crumbles.
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June 14, 2011 11:34 AM
Add 1-2 T ricotta cheese per 4-5 oz ground turkey.... while it doesn't do TOO much in the way of adding flavor, ricotta is low fat, good calcium, and keeps turkey burgers nice and moist for grilling or broiling!
June 14, 2011 11:34 AM
Try mixing it with a little ground chicken and light sour cream, saute in olive oil.
June 14, 2011 11:35 AM
I have the butterball natural and they are awesome... I used the jenny-o ones and they got very dry. I use a skillet on very low heat with a lid on it to keep the heat in. Love em!
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June 14, 2011 11:35 AM
Ill try the mushrooms next time. My boyfriend wont eat onions. Maybe ill just put onions in my oatties.
June 14, 2011 11:35 AM
low heat in a frying pan with the lid on.
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June 14, 2011 11:35 AM
My husband actually made turkey burgers last night and they weren't dry at all...he mixed a little bit of yellow mustard, a little bit of soy sauce, and a little bit of hot sauce (sounds weird, but they were great!) in with the turkey, and then cooked them in a nonstick skillet with a little bit of canola oil spray. They were very moist and tasted really good on a whole wheat bun with a bit of light mayo and lettuce/tomato!
June 14, 2011 11:36 AM
If you have extra calories I put some light italian dressing in the meat before I cook it...makes them yummy! just makes sure you ahve the calories/sodium for the dressing!
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June 14, 2011 11:36 AM
I grate onion into the meat while I'm mixing it with spices. The juice from the onion keeps the meat moist and doesn't give you big chunks of onion if you were to chop/dice it.
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June 14, 2011 11:36 AM
Lean burgers will be dry when you cook them. The only way I've been able to kind of help this is using some olive oil.

This is the same reason you typically use a ground meat with higher fat content (80/20 or thereabout) when making burgers. Keeps them nice & moist. Not great for you though.
June 14, 2011 11:36 AM
I put low fat cheese inside of my turkey burgers and apple slice on top of the burger! The cheese and apple make it nice and juicy! If you're not crazy about the cheese, just do the apple slice.
June 14, 2011 11:36 AM
Fat Free Greek yogurt...that adds moisture without adding fat.
June 14, 2011 11:36 AM
Do you have a Foreman type grill? That is the only way I can cook them without them getting dried out.
June 14, 2011 11:37 AM
QUOTE:

maybe add some chopped mushrooms in with the turkey? I think that will add flavor, meatiness, fiber ,& moisture.


I use portobello mushrooms, my husband who doesn't eat anything healthy LOVES them!
June 14, 2011 11:39 AM
Unfortunately, that is what happens when you use an extremely lean meat. There just isn't enough fat to keep it moist. I use 97/3 ground turkey when adding it to recipes but for burgers, 85/15 is the way to go for juiciness. I just make the patties somewhat smaller. If substituting isn't an option, just remember to never overcook them which is easy to do because unlike beef, they need to be cooked thoroughly.
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June 14, 2011 11:40 AM
I make a greek turkey burger - extra lean turkey breast, finely chopped spinach, montreal steak spice, light fetta cheese, make patty's and cook in a skillet. You can add an egg if it's not forming well - I've never had to and... have never had a problem with them being dry! Oh ya and serve on a low fat bun with tzatziki, red onion, and tomato:D
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June 14, 2011 11:41 AM
I am not a turkey burger fan, but I found a really good recipe that uses seasoned breadcrumbs, feta cheese, egg substitute and craisins. I think the craisins give the burgers the moisture they need. I make mine in a skillet sprayed with cooking spray. Put a lid on the skillet while cooking and it also helps hold in the moisture.
June 14, 2011 11:42 AM
I buy the extra lean ground turkey and I shred zucchini into egg whites and worchestershire sauce and mix it all together....they taste and amazing and they are far from dry...top with avocado, cheese, and tomato.
June 14, 2011 11:42 AM
Put in a tsp of light olive oil or lightly brush it on the outside. It will keep the turkey moist. Another thought for the grill... cook in foil and then toss them on the actual flames at the end to get the grilled taste. I also grate onions, you can't see them and the taste is not overwhelming. Vidalia onions are best for grilling.

Enjoy
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