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Cookin' ATVS Style: Cilantro-Lime Turkey Burgers

Summer grilling time, and sometimes you need something a bit lighter, especially if you're going all the way through Omaha...

Turkey burgers are a great way to grill a bit lighter on a hot day. Of course, flavor's a bit of a tradeoff versus ground beef and pork, but here's a way to dress things up a bit. In fact, the lightness of the turkey pairs really well with the cilantro/lime combination in ways that wouldn't really work with other meats.


2 pounds ground turkey meat
Salt & pepper to taste
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Juice of 3 limes
Zest of 2 limes
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 Egg (adding a second wouldn't be a bad idea)

Note: Turkey, without the fat of ground beef or pork, doesn't hold together really well, so having another egg as a binder wouldn't be a bad idea, though I didn't do that here.


1. Place the ground meat in a bowl.

2. In a small bowl, combine the cilantro, zest, garlic & onion powders and lime juice.


3. Add the mixture to the ground meat.


4. Mix well, add the egg and continue mixing.

5. Make into patties and grill until cooked through. Protip for making burgers -- give them a slight concave on top, to make sure they don't thicken in the middle like a hockey puck as they cook.



This will make enough burgers for 4-6 adults, and in terms of condiments, something with a sweet/salty combination really adds to the flavor. I also recommend Abita's new Summer Lemon Wheat variety as a beer pairing.