June 01, 2012

"Scandinavian" Turkey Burgers



Ingredients:
2 lb ground turkey thigh
1 bunch spring onion, green parts (only) chopped
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon dillweed
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup lemon juice
zest of one lemon

Directions:
Prep grill to manufacturers' instructions. Spray the rack with nonstick grill spray. In a medium bowl, gentle mix together all ingredients. Form into 8 equal patties. Grill, turning once, until fully cooked. Serve immediately.


My thoughts:
Okay, there is nothing Scandinavian about these burgers. I had an idea for a spiced burger and by the time I finished, I realized I had used all of the ingredients that are present in my favorite Swedish dishes. Although turkey burgers have no Swedish origins, the flavors went well with the juicy meat. Turkey thighs have a more pronounced flavor than chicken so it can take strong flavors without being overpowered. Here the lemon and spring onion cut any hint of gameness and the spices add a very unusual yet very tasty flavor.

Turkey thighs have a slightly higher fat content than turkey breast which is great for grilling. It means a juicer, tastier burger that won't stick to your grill.