Dinner By Dagny

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Turkey Burgers

My husband will go through these diet phases. Sometimes, it is the warrior diet where he eats all his calories in one sitting, or the abs diet or…. Anyway, sometimes this means that he cooks separately for himself, while I cook for the girls and me. However sometimes these seemingly opposing food philosophies strike a balance. This happened quite a few times while he Was on the abs diet. As usual we made a few alterations, but this has been a hit.

People tend to have a love hate relationship with ground turkey. My family is fine with it. We treat it like ground beef for the most part and will use it for tacos, burritos or chili. This turkey burger also works really well, as the tomatoes give it moisture and the feta, garlic and fresh herbs give it flavor.

We had about 1/2 bag of potatoes left and I wanted potato salad. My husband has told for years now that he doesn’t like potato salad. Since I use the same dressing for my coleslaw and he said the same about that until he tried it, I figured that I would try it. I tossed in a little red onion and red pepper and called it a day. I gave the carrots a maple glaze as well.


1 large egg

1 package ground turkey

3 garlic cloves chopped

1/3 cup diced tomatoes ( I usually used canned, although fresh salsa also works well)

1 tbsp fresh herbs (whatever you have…tarragon, basil, cilantro, rosemary will all work)

1/3 cup crumbled feta

1/3 cup bread crumbs

Adobo and cracked black pepper to taste

1/2 bag russet potatoes, cut into chunks ( not too small or they will get mushy)

1/4 red onion chopped

1 red pepper diced

1/4 cup mayonnaise

2-3 tbsp vinegar (rice wine, red wine, white)

1 tbsp sugar

1 bag frozen carrots

1 tbsp butter

2 tablespoons maple syrup

Nutmeg, ginger, cloves to taste

Turkey Burger Directions

1. Mix ground turkey, egg, garlic, tomatoes, fresh herbs. Adobo, cracked pepper, and bread crumbs in a large bowl

2. Form into 6 patties

3. Heat grill pan to medium high heat

4. Grill burgers 6 mins per side

5. Let rest for 5-10 mins

Potato Salad Directions

1. Boil 4 quarts salted water in large pot

2. Add potato chunks and boil for 20 mins

3. Drain and chill potatoes

4. In small bowl, mix mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper to tast

5. Gently stir potatoes, peppers, onions with dressing

6. Let rest in refrigerator for 30-60 mins

glazed Carrots

1. In covered sauce pan, cook carrots with about 1/3 cup water for about 10 mins

2. When tender, remove cover and add nutmeg, ginger, cloves, butter and maple syrup

3. Cook additional 5-10 mins until glaze cooks down and caramelizes carrots



The burger was moist and flavorful, as I have come to expect my turkey burgers.  The potato salad was a hit.  My husband said something along the lines of “if I ever said I didn’t like your potato salad, I was wrong.”  Even better, he ate it for leftovers voluntarily.


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6 thoughts on “Turkey Burgers

  1. Finish the story. Did he like potato salad or simply not try it?

  2. Oops. Did I forget to include that? Sorry. He loved it. I updated the ending to include his response. 🙂

  3. Pingback: Coffeepot Meatloaf! « Coffee Pot Cooking

  4. Thought you might enjoy my coffeepot Turkey Meatloaf. You could probably do this in a crockpot on days you are busy. The girls may only eat half of one but who knows.

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