Tuesday is typically Taco Tuesday in my house. Turkey Taco Tuesday to be exact, but this week my son and I were in the mood for something different. Thinking back to my old turkey burger experiments, I suggested turkey burgers, and he agreed. I made them often in the past, mostly filled with spinach and cheese, or some combination of two or more ingredients. I knew he wouldn’t go for that, so I made barbecue turkey burgers with cole slaw. He’s not actually a fan of barbecue either, but since the homemade sauce was in the burger, I thought he may not notice.
Turkey burgers are always hit or miss for me. Sometimes they are juicy and meaty, and other times, they are like dry little discs with no discernible taste. I was really hoping that this barbecue turkey burger with cole slaw recipe I found on epicurious wouldn’t disappoint. The burgers were made for the grill, which I have, but rarely use. I’m still working on my grilling confidence, so I made them on the stove. They were pretty good. Not fantastic, but good. The recipe called for bread crumbs, which was different for me, but I went with it. I have to say that it changed the texture. They were more like salmon croquettes, than like burgers. The flavor however, was great. The barbecue flavor wasn’t like the typical flavor you’d find in the bottled sauce at the market. This was tangy, and a little spicy, with a hint of cumin. If I had to pick a region, I would say it was reminiscent of Memphis style in flavor. We added cheese (I believe all burgers should have cheese), and topped them with coleslaw, plus a little more sauce. Overall, I really liked the burgers, but at the same time, my brained wanted them to be beef burgers.
barbecue turkey burgers with cole slaw
- ¼ cup worcestershire sauce
- ¼ cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 garlic cloves (minced and mashed to a paste with ½ teaspoon salt)
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
- 2 pounds ground turkey (I used ground turkey breast)
- 1 small onion (minced)
- ½ cup bread crumbs
- cole slaw (store bought for garnish)
- hamburger buns
- canola oil (for pan)
- In a small bowl stir together Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, soy sauce, garlic paste, chili powder, cumin, and salt and pepper to taste until sauce is smooth. In a large bowl stir together turkey, onion, bread crumbs, and ¼ cup sauce until combined well and form into six ¾ -inch-thick patties. Burgers may be prepared up to this point 1 day ahead and chilled, covered. Divide remaining sauce in half and put in separate bowls, half for brushing burgers in the pan and half for drizzling on cooked burgers. Chill sauce, covered.
- Add enough oil just to cover the bottom of a cast iron or sauté pan. Heat the oil in over medium-high heat until the oil begins to shimmer. Cook the burgers until golden brown and slightly charred on the first side, about 5-6 minutes for on each side.