One of my weaknesses after a long ride or run is a big, juicy burger from the skillet. And I’m not talking about a burger that has a whole lot of stuff on it like jalapeños, bacon or sautéd mushrooms (even though they can be good) – just a plain ‘ole juicy cheeseburger on a soft bun. It’s probably one of the best things ever with it’s simplicity!
I’m under the mindset that having a cheeseburger every now and then is not a problem, I don’t think I necessarily need one every single weekend though. Partly for the fact I’m not into embracing my inner chubby girl, but there’s also the environmental impact with the consumption and farming of cows. So I needed to come up with an alternative to a fattening cheeseburger.
I quickly landed on using turkey meat instead of red meat. Let’s be honest for a second: turkey meat is not as tasty or juicy as it’s red meat counterpart. However, with a few tricks you can easily turn the turkey melt into a juicy and flavorful burger.
Step one was to add some flavor without a lot of fat. I decided to thinly slice onions to cook under the turkey. This infuses a lot of flavor into the meat without much effort. The second thing was using American cheese. It melts really easily and doesn’t overpower the turkey.
Step two was to replace the moisture lost from not having as much fat in the meat. To do that, I used the steaming method. What you do is place the burger on the skillet to sear, then pour in about a 1/4 cup of water and cover. Turn over, add some more onions underneath and then a piece of cheese on top. Pour some more water back into the skillet and cook until the cheese has melted. The steam keeps the turkey from drying out while cooking all the way through. As much of a fan I am of medium-rare burgers, I’m not a fan of salmonella.
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Healthy Turkey Burger Melt
- 1 pound of lean turkey
- 1 small yellow onion
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder and onion powder
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- Kosher salt - at least 1 teaspoon
- 4 slices of American cheese
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 4 potato buns
- Lettuce and Tomato
- Mayo and Mustard
- Heat a skillet (preferably cast iron) to medium heat.
- While it's heating, thinly slice the onion. Then mix together the seasoning with the turkey meat. Form into 4 patties.
- Once the skillet is hot, put some olive oil into the pan and then place some onions down for the patties. (This may need to be done in batches). Place the turkey patties on top of the onions. Pour a bit of water into the skillet and then cover. Cook for about 5 minutes.
- When it comes time to flip, place some more onions down on the skillet, then the turkey burger and the cheese. Again, pour a couple tablespoons of water into the skillet and cover. Cook until the cheese is all melted. The burger should be cooked all the way through too.
- Remove and serve with your favorite accompaniments.
Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Red Meat Free, Crustacean Free, Celery Free, Sesame Free, Lupine Free, Mollusk Free, Alcohol Free