Let’s talk about your grill skills for a hot minute. It just took all my effort not to type ‘grill skillz.’ If I have your cell phone number, you know all about my texts with proliferous z’s. Sorry.
Are you excited for grilling season? Do you like to cook outside just to keep the heat out of your house? Are you a grilling aficionado that pines for summer all year long? Do you hoard charcoal? Are you my redneck neighbor behind me in the woods who grills ALL meals outside whilst blaring 80s rock ballads?
The way I see it, the grill offers a component to your food that just can’t be accomplished when cooking indoors: smokiness. Food likes to be smoky. Let’s think about a hot dog with some black char from the grill versus a hot dog boiled in water. Are you with me? The two cannot compete. You could sear a burger in a cast iron skillet indoors, but to really get the char on the outside to seal in the juices, your smoke alarm will go off. Trust.
Personally, I’m a turkey burger aficionado. I think I’ve made every burger Jessica has ever posted. I love them all. This one with Gorgonzola and chili slaw made me sing. Consider my fiery turkey burgers with creamy feta sauce a riff on her recipe.
I jam-packed the turkey meat with spicy flavor: smoked paprika, cayenne, and oregano. I stuffed it on an onion-flecked burger bun (the stuff of my dreams). Then? I made your taste buds a cooling, creamy feta sauce just in case the heat was too much for you. However, I flubbed and dashed some cayenne in the feta sauce too, but it was an accident…unless you crave the burn.
Do food bloggers really eat what they cook? OH YES.
Sometimes, I finish the photo shoot, pull up a chair, and rest my elbow on the remote control shutter while I chow down. I suggest you do the same.
yield: 3 burgers
15 minPrep Time
10 minCook Time
25 minTotal Time
- 1 pound ground turkey (as non-lean as possible)
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon dried onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 onion-flecked burger buns
- lettuce, for serving
- tomato, for serving
- onion, for serving
- 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- dash of cayenne
- In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey, egg, and spices. Mix well with your hands. Shape the meat into 3 patties, making sure to make divot in the center of each to account for expanding during cooking.
- Preheat the grill to medium-high. Dip a paper towel in the olive oil, and grease the grates of the grill once hot. You should be able to hold your hand 6" from the surface of the grates for no more than 5 seconds before proceeding. When hot, place the burger patties on the grill, and close the lid.
- Cook the burgers for 5 minutes on each side, or until they register 165-degrees F internally. Remove from heat and cover until serving.
- Meanwhile, stir together the feta, cream, and cayenne.
- Slice the burger buns, and serve each patty on top. Garnish with lettuce, tomatoes, onion, and creamy feta sauce as desired.
I call this 'dinner for two' because most men gobble up two of these spicy burgers. Plus, it uses the entire 1-pound package of ground turkey. If you really only want to make 2 burger patties, use 2/3 pound of turkey and 1 egg yolk.