Turkey burgers make easy summer meal

The Baltimore Sun

Burgers become an easy choice for weeknight dining, especially in the summer, when the grill can be stoked up. Turkey burgers are a good variation to get you out of the beef-patty rut. One way to keep the turkey moist is to add a bit of milk or cream and only lightly mix them together. Over-handling the meat can mean tough burgers.

One of my favorite burger toppings is caramelized onions. Here I've speeded up that cooking time by first stir-frying the onions in a skillet, then slow-cooking them for about 15 minutes. Adding a favorite barbecue sauce at the end gives the onions a sweet-smoky tang.

Don't like turkey? Try ground pork or a mixture of beef and pork.

GRILLED TURKEY BURGERS WITH BARBECUED ONIONS

Makes 4 servings // Total time: 45 minutes

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 Spanish onions, halved, sliced thinly

2 tablespoons prepared barbecue sauce

1 1/4 pounds ground turkey (not lean)

1/4 cup each: milk, chopped flat-leaf parsley

1 teaspoon smoked Spanish paprika or regular paprika

1/4 teaspoon each: salt, freshly ground pepper

4 sesame-seed buns

Heat olive oil in a large, heavy skillet over high heat. Add onions; stir-fry onions 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, stirring often, until soft and starting to caramelize, about 15 minutes. Stir in barbecue sauce; cook 1 minute. Remove from heat. Cover; keep warm.

Meanwhile, prepare a grill or grill pan for medium-high heat. Lightly mix turkey, milk, parsley, paprika, salt and pepper in a large bowl; form into 4 patties. Grill until just cooked through, turning once, about 8 minutes. Place on bun bottoms; top each with onions and top buns.

Per serving: 433 calories, 19 grams fat, 5 grams saturated fat, 104 milligrams cholesterol, 32 grams carbohydrate, 33 grams protein, 568 milligrams sodium, 3 grams fiber

Carol Mighton Haddix writes for the Chicago Tribune, which provided the recipe analysis.

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