For the last few years, my husband and I have been in the habit of visiting friends in Northampton, Mass., for the long Memorial Day weekend. We make the trek from Philadelphia on Saturday morning, arriving sometime in the early afternoon, very ready for several days of catching up, early cocktail hours and lazy meals.
One thing that’s always particularly fun about these weekends is that these friends take their grilling very seriously. We live in an apartment without a stitch of outdoor space, so I’m always excited to have an opportunity to cook outside on a real, live flame (my everyday cooktop is an ancient, soul-less electric stove).
Two years ago we experimented with grilled pizzas (a huge success!), and last summer we cooked up a buffet of sausages, from-scratch veggie burgers and a mountain of grilled vegetables. As our visit approaches, I’ve had my eyes open for new recipes that might work well on their deluxe grill.
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This summer, Food Network’s Grilling Central is packed with recipes for the entire family’s taste buds, boasting the best in burgers, dogs, chicken and more all season long. But with so many recipes, where do you start? Each Friday, FN Dish is giving you a roundup of stress-free summer favorites and this weekend, dinner will feature easy-to-prepare turkey burgers.
As juicy as beef patties, but leaner and milder in flavor, turkey burgers are an ideal canvas to showcase any number of flavors and textures. Before grilling, add to ground turkey a selection of sauces, fresh vegetables, herbs and spices to flavor the burger and ensure its moistness, and top with soft cheeses, crisp greens, mayonnaise, mustard and more to complete it. Check out Food Network’s top five turkey burger recipes, each with a different tasty twist and all go-to main dishes for your weekend cookout spread.
5. Perfect Turkey Burgers – Food Network Magazine’s mushroom-laced burgers are topped with smooth avocado slices and built atop toasted English muffins.
4. Stuffed Turkey Burgers – Inside Ellie’s moist turkey patties is a combination of creamy mozzarella cheese and roasted red peppers.
Get the top three turkey burger recipes
This summer, Food Network’s Grilling Central is packed with recipes for the entire family’s taste buds, boasting the best in burgers, dogs, chicken and more all season long. But with so many recipes, where do you start? Each Friday, FN Dish is giving you a complete menu that is stress-free and this weekend dinner will be on the table in under 30 minutes.
Rachael sure loves burgers and in this version, she uses ground turkey seasoned with jalapeno peppers, cumin, cayenne, garlic and shallots. You won’t miss the beef — these juicy burgers are topped with turkey bacon and sliced pepper jack cheese.
Main Dish: Rachael’s Southwest Turkey Burgers
Side Dish: Fresh Corn Salad
Dessert: Bittersweet Double Chocolate Coconut S’mores
Drink: Ina’s Pink Lemonade
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A turkey burger that’s moist and full of flavor? It’s possible. Rachael takes lean ground turkey and generously flavors it with garlic, thyme, cilantro, jalapeno peppers and tops it with crispy turkey bacon and melted pepper jack cheese in less than 30 minutes.
Get the recipe for: Quick Southwest Turkey Burgers
Browse more of Food Network’s burger recipes in Grilling Central.