1.12.2012

Turkey Burgers with Cilantro Basil Sauce

This was the first time I ever tried making this recipe and it was a success!  Next time I make this dish, I want to try it over rice.  I used extra cilantro for the burgers because it tastes so fresh.  For the sauce, I substituted lemon juice for the white vinegar because I didn't have any.  If you find yourself in a pinch and need to find a substitution, http://www.joyofbaking.com/IngredientSubstitution.html is a great website.

I started these on my grill but of course it ran out of gas halfway through the cooking time (ha), so I finished them on a grill pan.



Turkey Burgers with Cilantro Basil Sauce
Recipe adopted from mycolumbianrecipes
Pictures by halftomatohalfpotato

TURKEY BURGERS
4-8 patties (depending on thickness)

INGREDIENTS
1 lb ground turkey (i used ground turkey breast)
1/2 cup bread crumbs (i use panko)
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
1 egg
Salt and ground pepper, to taste
1/2 cup chopped onion

DIRECTIONS
- In a large bowl, combine the turkey, bread crumbs, cilantro, cumin, paprika, salt, pepper, egg and the
  onion. Using your hands, mix together the ingredients until evenly distributed
-Divide the mixture into equal portions and form each into a patty
-Heat grill or grill pan
-Cook the patties, turning once, until opaque throughout, about 8 minutes per side, depending on
 thickness.
-Serve the patties with the cilantro-basil sauce on the side




CILANTRO BASIL SAUCE

INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoon white vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup packed fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup packed fresh cilantro
1 garlic clove
Salt & pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS
-Blend all ingredients together in food processor or blender until desired consistency.



Enjoy!

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