It can’t be turkey week without sharing the best ground turkey recipe we’ve ever had: Rachael Ray’s T2 Turkey Chili-Topped Turkey Burgers. It’s really just a coincidence that both my recipes this week are RR’s; I only have a handful from her in my rotation. This one is soooo yummy and always gets rave reviews when I serve it to company (especially men – is there some innate sense of satisfaction from biting into a thick, cheesy burger built into their genes?).
I have of course, altered the recipe a little bit. I can’t imagine chili without beans. If you’ve been around KS long enough, you’ll know I’m a big fan of beans. (In fact, I’ll help you figure out how to fit more into the meals your family already eats, too! Click here for details.) Adding a can of beans allows the side dish to practically make itself (Rachael pairs it with something different entirely, see here). So sad that I don’t have a photo to share with you, but we haven’t made this one in a while (and I didn’t always take pictures of food, before I was blogging!).
- ¼ c. chili powder
- 2 Tbs. ground cumin
- 2 Tbs. grill seasoning, such as McCormick’s Montreal Steak Seasoning
- ¼ c. cooking oil
- 20 oz pkg ground turkey breast (watch for a BOGO sale!)
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 2 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
- 1 8-oz. can tomato sauce
- 1 can black or kidney beans
- ¼ of 1 red pepper, finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 2 Tbs. hot sauce
- 6 oz. cheddar or smoked cheddar, cut into ¼-in. dice
- Preheat a medium pot over med-high heat.
- Combine the chili powder, cumin, and grill seasoning in a small bowl.
- To the pot add a Tbs of the oil, once around the pan, and ¼-1/5 of the turkey.
- Break up the turkey with the back of a wooden spoon, then season with half of the spice mixture.
- Combine to break up and brown the turkey for a couple of minutes, then add half of the chopped onions and cook for another couple of minutes.
- When the onions are translucent, add the Worcestershire Sauce, hot sauce (optional) and tomato sauce and beans; adjust the seasonings and simmer the chili sauce over low heat until ready to serve.
- While the chili sauce is working, make the burgers.
- Place the remaining turkey in a bowl and add the remaining spice mixture, half of the remaining chopped onions, the finely chopped bell peppers, the chopped garlic, and about a Tbs of hot sauce (optional).
- Mix well with your hands, then incorporate the diced cheese.
- Form the mixture into 4 inch-thick patties.
- Heat a skillet over med-high heat.
- Add a Tbs of oil and when hot, add the burgers.
- Cook the burgers for 6-12 minutes on each side.
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Cost: $6 or $7, including the buns? This is largely dependent on your turkey price, obviously. Not an inexpensive meal, but man alive is it tasty!
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